Well, maybe not the street, specifically...
This week we were tasked with black-and-white street-style photography. This has long been one of my favorite genres... when other people do it; I personally find it fairly difficult to wander around pointing my camera at strangers. Perhaps it's because of what I do professionally -- as a healthcare provider I spend a lot of time forcing intimacy from strangers, so I'm hypersensitive to the possibility of intrusion with my lens. Perhaps I just feel self-conscious wading into a crowd with such obvious intent. Anyway.
The weather this week made this task extra difficult - here in New England we have been in the throes of a particularly unsettled pattern; it has been alternating rain and high winds for days. On top of that it was another doozy, work-wise, so most of my weekdays were a wash. I had planned to shoot today (Saturday), but for most of the day it just poured. I had pretty much decided to write the whole thing off when it partially cleared in the late afternoon.
I headed to the Salem Willows Amusement Park, a very old-school and slightly creepy establishment on the waterfront in Salem, MA. It's early spring yet, and not much is open -- just the arcade and one stand selling some questionable-looking Chinese food. But people were out and about, so I joined them. And tried to ignore how awkward it feels to pretend like you're not taking pictures of people when you totally are.
I am quite pleased with a few of these images. Some don't meet the most strict definition of "street photography," as purists will insist that the presence of people is a requirement in every frame. But if there is one thing you need to know about me, it is that I am not a purist, and I love the eerie quality of some of these shots. And anyway, even the ones without people in-frame are absolutely "about" people. So there.
Full versions (not just the web-compressed ones), as well as all EXIF information for those of you that like that sort of thing, are viewable on my Flickr page.