Working on the street has certain advantages that can’t be found in a studio.
Street skills revolve around waiting and anticipating. Studio skills are heavy with obsession and perfection.
From an artist’s standpoint, there’s an “I’ll know it when I see it” aspect that surrounds capturing a moment. Ironically, when doing commissioned work the fastest way for a client to kill the vibe is to say to the photographer, “keep going, I’ll know it when I see it.”
I suspect that legendary street photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson never had those words heaped on him while working.
What I do know is that I saw this photo coming and by waiting for just the right moment I was able to get something elusive.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer specializing in creating environmental on-location portraits and corporate photo libraries for blue chip companies.