Andy Warhol and Larry Rivers
Betty Page by Weegee
When it comes to street work on the photo forums, I see a lot of camera fondling, wannabe street photogs that gravitate to the ‘shoot from behind’ type of pix. Many of their shots fail because they have no ‘answer back’ that focuses our attention. Without something to focus on, they are just a mix of strangers on the street having no meaning.
Shooting behind a subject is a necessity sometimes. It may not be practical to always get in front of the subject. Other times, some photos just won’t work well if they are shot from the front. What can make a ‘from the behind’ shot work is an ‘answer back’ that focuses our attention in another direction, thus breaking the uninteresting one dimensional pattern and makes the pix multi-directional.
Some of the failure pix I see look like they are shot by someone that is scared to confront the subject, so they shoot from a distance and from behind. I have an excellent mastery of candid photography skills, holding a few world records pertaining to how close one can get to a subject and still shoot a candid photo.
Once you master candid skills, the decision to shoot from the front or the back will be yours. It wont be based in your lack of skills from shooting any damn way you please. You wont have to cower behind a subject shooting sneak shots cause your ready to piss your pants. Always have a focus point in your ‘from the behind’ shots and maybe you can start bringing in some winners.
I was out playing around with the IR cam and some impromptu fireworks popped up. The infrared Pentax K-01 cam was not the best choice for the job, but I made due with what I had.
Infrared flash photo