Street photography is an art form that I really admire, but don’t do much of myself because I am slightly uncomfortable with it. I love candid shots taken when people are unaware of the camera, yet worry about possible reactions to photos taken without asking permission. And on the flip side of that, I am too shy/too much of a scaredy cat to actually walk up and ask to take someone’s photo.
However, when in Paris last week, I tried out a few street photos. The first shot was taken outside Notre Dame, where for some inexplicable reason tourists seem to enjoy feeding pigeons. I took the shot quickly so have cut off the feet of the two men, but I like the fact that I caught the apparent joy in the nearest man’s face and the pigeon in action.
The next two photos were taken in Montmartre. The first was a young man who showed up in front of the Sacre Coeur, turned on some tunes and started showing off his moves. He was so wonderfully confident that you couldn’t watch him without smiling. The second was taken in Place du Tertre. The lady seemed endearingly shy despite being dressed as a 19th century Moulin Rouge chorus girl and performing songs and dances in a very public place.
Finally, walking back from the Metro at Hôtel de Ville, I was entranced by this man and his amazing bubbles. The lady in the first shot looks less impressed though!