Agfa APX 400
I’m not a street photographer (or any kind of photographer). Sometimes I like to take pictures on the street though. It allows me to present different examples other than shots taken on the boat or on the subway.
On the other hand it’s hard to capture people and I just don’t have what it takes to stick the camera in someone’s face, so I try to do it as discreet as possible but… I’ve been learning a few things.
Here’s my approach… Lisbon is a city visited by thousands of tourists every week and the Portuguese people are pretty much tolerant to visitors so… I got a map, a map of Lisbon. I always take the map with me in a visible way. When someone looks at me, he or she, assumes that I’m also a tourist and in that way I have a lot more freedom and tolerance to capture people or street vendors.
I’ve heard things like “look at this guy, they all take pictures and none of them buys anything”… I secretly smile and move on but I get the shot.
Yesterday I had another brilliant idea (pun intended). I went to Lisbon and I tried to look at the city as a visitor would. Capturing monuments, churches, the famous city views and all that. I tried to capture all the things a “local guy” does not pay much attention to, or not enough to photograph it. So… with my CSI cap on, my sun glasses on, my map folded in one hand and my camera on the other and out I went.
One sad thing though. My borrowed Nikon FE is dying. It has all the signs of electronic faillure. Erratic meter needle with an ocasional total failliure and the mirror failling to return to position after the shot is taken. These are the most well known issues with the FE and FE2 cameras.