Vancouver-based photographer Camil Adell talks about dealing with fear when doing street photography. “As a street photographer you may have had fear sometimes taking photos on the street.”
Compelling Street Photos
Adell offers solid advice on how to capture compelling street photos. In his recent post for Digital Photography School, How to Conquer the Biggest Fear in Street Photography, Adell says, “I get too close emotionally sometimes and feel bad for taking photos of (people in bad situations), like I am stealing something from people who have nothing. But in these cases you need to be strong and see photography not as a weapon but as a way to capture something beautiful and exciting to you.”
Adell concludes, “Street photography isn’t easy, so you need to be confident and earn the photo”.
Facing Your Darkness
Adell’s thoughts on street photography remind me of writer Natalie Goldgerg’s advice to writers: “Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.”
Goldberg: “Our task is to say a holy yes to the real things of our life as they exist – the real truth of who we are: several pounds overweight, the gray, cold street outside, the Christmas tinsel in the showcase, the Jewish writer in the orange booth across from her blond friend who has black children. We must become writers who accept things as they are, come to love the details, and step forward with a yes on our lips so there can be no more noes in the world, noes that invalidate life and stop these details from continuing.”
To paraphrase Adell’s thought: writing isn’t easy, so you need to be confident and earn the story. Face your darkness and write.