This my Bad Tourist Story
Is it time to start photographing homeless people at home so that we don’t have to come all the way to Mexico to find interesting subjects. Or do all the photography students in Mexico live in the suburbs and have never seen street people until they come to Mexico. Come to think of it, in the suburbs, the only street people there are are those who collect garbage. Perhaps this fascination with wretched of the San Miguel comes from never having seen the wretched at home. It appears that photographers like this are called Street Shooters and here an excerpt from a book Street-Shooter’s Guidebook by M. A. Saylor
As we cross the threshold into digital photography it seems to me that the need for compositional honesty is more of an issue than ever before. Next to the snapshot, I know of no other photographic realm that lends itself to this idea more completely than those unrehearsed and spontaneous photographs made upon the social tableaux of the sidewalk.
THE STREET-SHOOTER’S GUIDEBOOK explores the rudiments as well as more than a few finer points of this type of work with topics such as WHAT IS LEGAL, WHAT IS ETHICAL, SAFETY, COURAGE, IS IT FOR YOU?, GETTING AWAY WITH IT and others. The middle part of the GUIDEBOOK is devoted to a portfolio of twenty photographs made on the street and which illustrate points in the text. In the event that the reader desires more of a disciplined learning experience the GUIDEBOOK is laid out with eleven assignments as they are given in class. Interspersed throughout the text are over a dozen student observations as they relate to “the missed shot”, as well as several essays penned by the author over the past twenty-six years and which concern street and social-documentary work.
THE STREET-SHOOTER’S GUIDEBOOK endeavors on a lower level to provide the beginning street photographer with encouragement and an abundance of practical tips for working on the street undetected, including several tactics for avoiding confrontation when discovery becomes imminent. On a more elevated plane the GUIDEBOOK hopes to advance the cause and understanding of this mostly disregarded yet invaluable self-communicating art form…
Interpreted correctly or not, the truth resides upon the sidewalk
Here is our San Miguel Street Shooter in the Jardin. Without a shred of embarassment (appears the book above teaches you how to get rid of shame) our Diane Arbus wannabe decided to photograph the gentleman who chants (apparently anti Expat chants) every day in the Jardin.
He is watching her and still she shoots. At this point I am hoping he will use the cane on the camera.
And then she crouches to get the money shot.
This is the best shot I can get of her but will keep my lens pointed so I can a full shot of this sad little photographer.
And there are the sneaky street shooters