Bringing the Street Back Into Street Photography

I've seen a lot of "in your face" photography lately. You know the type. Tight crops of a strangers head and shoulders with a lens that could only have been one or two feet away from them when the shutter was tripped. This is usually accompanied by a perplexed look, or shock, or fear, or maybe even anger. Hopefully it's not night time or low light, because then a bright flash is added into the mix. And although for some people this is a style, for me, it's bad form. I can say that because I've been on both sides of the camera lens in those situations, and I didn't care for it either way.

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Make it or Take it?

I sometimes wonder if people really understand what's happening when they click the shutter release on their camera. What I mean is, do they really comprehend the gravity of what's happening? All too often people refer to it as 'taking pictures', but lately I've thought about it and it's so much more! It's the act of making a photograph that truly escapes some people, and I think if they stopped to think about it, they'd better understand the awe-inspiring moment of creation that is actually happening when that shutter release is pressed.

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