The Hardest Shot


These two guys were dragging this cart full of plastic shit to sell on the beach. If that wasn’t enough, they were walking on the sand and going against the wind. If you put also a dick like me that wanted to take a picture of them, then you have a perfect recepy for disaster.

The guy on the right grabbed me and kicked me. Then he took my camera (reflex Nikon) and went away. After a bit of debate I convinced him to give me back the camera on condition to delete the shot. I deleted the shot in front of him. Apparently he didn’t knew about restoring-deleted-files applications.

Street Photography can be taugh. Even though you are shooting on a public space where people, in theory, should have nothing to hide, the reality is that people on the street are surrounded by strangers, so it is like they were walking alone. They don’t care what the strangers think of them. The moment you take a picture, you (at least in their mind) put on them the eyes of the whole world. And they don’t like that. They have different masks they use for different people. And showing yourself without a mask can be dangerous in a society where people rely mostly on appearances.

Many of them do humiliating jobs, are tired and pissed off all the time, but on the web they show that they’re always having a great time. And you with you camera are ruining everything. Why you do that? Why don’t you take pictures of nature or sunsets? Because they are boring after a while. People are much more interesting, even with all their problems.