Street Photography

Things are gonna get quiet on RV for about 5 days. We're heading to Hong Kong on Wednesday and I'm not bringing the 'puter. Also, I am completely distracted and unable to write at the moment even while sitting at my desk. I don't think I've mentioned this...but I destroyed my left leg on Fuji. I haven't been able to run for weeks and the lack of exercise is slowly chipping away at my creativity, motivation and will to live. I think I'm on the upswing but I'm going to hold off until we're back from HK, just in case.

However, in the spirit of blogger commitment, I will provide a brief report.

Last week was super exciting. I took a street photography course taught by a seriously bad-ass and well-regarded player in the international street photog scene and learned SO much. We spent some time in the Fuji Film office building, learning about composition/color/framing/etc...and then spent about 15 hours out on the streets. The instructor gave us a handful of assignments throughout the course, but the first was the most angst-inducing thing I've ever done. We all had to hit the streets (individually) and ask for permission before shooting (rather than just snapping candid shots) until we received five 'yes' and five 'no' responses. In other words, we had to stay out there until we managed to get shot down five times. This was incredibly challenging for two reasons: 1) I can't handle rejection, and 2) Japanese people don't say no. I never managed to rack up five 'no's, but, determined to get at least a few, I forced myself to approach the very least likely of subjects. I basically targeted people who were crying, trying to enjoy a private meal, or sleeping. (Fortunately, I was in a homeless park at one point, so there were plenty of sleeping subjects available to disturb.) So, while that part of the course completely blew in the moment, it did do wonders for my nerve. I won't detail the other assignments as that would make for a boring read, plus, ideally, you will see evidence of my new skills in time. I hope to see RV fill up with more edgy, thoughtful shots that better document the 'soul' of our travels. The instructor also challenged me to only shoot in black and white in Hong Kong as he feels it will help me see my surroundings in a more creative way, so next week *should* deliver tangible progress.

While Boz is totally stoked about all this, he remains committed to holding down the non-hipster end of RV and will therefore continue to shoot pictures of buildings, ponds, and his color...with a gas station disposable camera.