Trusting your Instincts

Stare. It is the way to educate your eye, and more. Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long.

– Walker Evans

Powerful words from one of the great masters. Often times we start to photograph and don’t know what to photograph. Young photographers try to constantly visit new places in search of the golden nugget, a busy street, a common market, etc. But the truth of the matter is, that street photography is all around us. Its always with you at all times. Why? well like Walker Evans so eloquently stated we need to “educate our eyes . . . stare, pry, listen”.

Ricoh GRD III doing its thing

As such, its important to always have a photographic tool at all times, because in time you will start to the see the world thru a frame. It happens at some point in our photographic journey. For some, it may be sooner than later, and still for others, it takes a while. Nevertheless, the moment comes to us all. The moment that our eyes and our photographic tool of choice are synchronized as one and then we begin to “trust our instincts” and act as one – one eye & one vision.

So, the moral of this brief essay is to be awake, always looking, always ready and trust your instincts and click that shutter, street photography is all around us.

14 thoughts on “Trusting your Instincts

  1. Contundente, es curioso los sentimientos que emana una simple imagen como esta por lo que representa: en plena era digital este señor recurre a lo mas sencillo para satisfacer su curiosidad y alimentar su conocimiento!

  2. Agree with this expose, Jorge. Let the shot come to you, instead of hunting for "it’. That trust is crucial, yet we often focus on the "hunting and gathering" aspect.

    Agree with Oak – the smoking lady on the cover is that "mint on the pillow" here. Well done!

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