In street photography, there is quite a complex creative process going on inside my head before I capture the image. But some people may still think that street photography is all about lucky snapshots.
Admittedly, a bit of luck does play a role in street photography because we rely on interesting subjects that are around in the same place and at the same time where we are. And this coincidental factor has kept me going in street photography for the past 25 years - and it has never been boring for me.
But the most important factors that I would attribute to my best street photos are based on exploring a scene and narrowing down the options of a place and the timing. Once you have reached this clear focus and pre-visualization of your image, you are on your way to capture the decisive moment that tells a story in your images.
My friend Steve Brazill invited me to his “Behind the Shot Podcast” and allowed me to take you along the creation process of one of my most famous street images. I share the decisions that I have made before the shot that lead me to narrow down to the final location, timing, and the story that I saw in front of me.
Please take the time to watch and listen to this inspiring interview.