COOL AND COZY OLD CITY OF NEW ORLEANS
Often I feel uncomfortable when standing still in one place.
Especially traveling alone.
I felt every time people passed by, they looked at me with wonder and sometimes there were anxious looks. Maybe it’s just my feeling. I missed many moments because of lack of confidence. It’s awkward if someone catches me taking a photo with them part of the photo.
Although often I heard and according my street photography instructor that in New Orleans we do not need to worry angry people if we are taking activities in public. In fact he taught me how to handle confrontation, still, I do not comfortable with the confrontation.
I already felt how confrontation made me scared and angry when in Quito. Not to mention I was alone. All things must thought and resolved alone. I did not want to find problems in another country.
So often I discourage. Therefore I am more often made a photo of safe objects.
New Orléans is a safe place.
People do not care about the surroundings because they are mainly artists. When I photographed a musician playing trumpet very closely, he just looked at me. Not budging and preoccupied with his instrument. Of course, before I put a few dollars in their money-box.
I felt more comfortable this way.
Even if secretly photographing interesting objects, I prefer not to interfere with their activities. Because I think if people realize I took their photograph is no longer street photography but portraits.
The funny thing was that I finally learned to pretend.
Often I want to take a picture of the person passing in front of me. When I finished taking their photos, my eyes were still in the viewfinder. Then I took the second photo as they passed, of course, they heard me press the shutter button. So it’s as if I’m waiting for them to pass by to take a photo of ‘something’ behind them. Safe shoot.
Or if I take a picture of my object, suddenly they see me, I pretend to see something behind them. I concentrate (but tremble) by observing the building or something behind them as if not seeing them. The first time I did this I wanted to run fast. I forced myself to look left and right, walking slowly while holding my breath deeply. Woopss!!.
I prefer to take pictures with someone who is doing activities.
Busy restaurants, horse-drawn carriages, rickshaws with drivers and many more. More things to describe how New Orléans really is.
New Orléans is a paradise for people who like photography.
Ancient houses, street musicians and other parts of the city. This old town has the charm that is not owned by other cities. Every time I returned to the French Quarter there were always something new. So I never moved away from this place.
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