When Your Street Photography Doesn’t Flow

I’ve been going through one of those spells where it’s been really difficult to get into the flow of taking photographs recently. Rather than taking my time, being present and letting the images I want to capture come to me it’s felt like I’ve been rushing things and trying to force the issue

Rather than blending in with my surroundings and not being seen it’s seemed like I’ve stuck out like a sore thumb with a big sign above my head screaming ‘Street Photographer’. I’ve missed some great shots by either hesitating or not being switched on enough to notice them and have also had people spot me before I could press the shutter

This image was one where I felt I had to rush it and although it captures what I was after if I’d have taken my time I could have angled myself to avoid the fence I ended up shooting it through

Copyright Ronn Thwaites Photography 2019

When I go through spells like this I usually do one of three things;

  • Have a break from taking photos and just walk and observe instead
  • Slow things down and be more mindful about my photography
  • Concentrate on a specific project I’m working on and look for specific things to go and photograph instead

Any one of these approaches helps me to find my flow again and get back into my street photography sessions

It would be great to hear about how you get yourself back into the flow of things when you realise you’ve lost it too

2 thoughts on “When Your Street Photography Doesn’t Flow

  1. I understand how you feel. For me, it is often discouraging when real-life friends don’t see any value in street photography and for me a couple of recent eye operations restricted my ‘vision’ both physically and metaphorically. The possibility of corrective lenses restoring my sight later this week is leaving me with greater enthusiasm than I’ve had for ages. I agree with your 3 suggestions. Your lunch-time shots work well and I also enjoy ‘bicycles’ projects. There is always something of interest on our designated bicycle tracks and you can just sit and be inconspicuous shooting from the hip. Even if you don’t take photographs, just renewing an interest in observing human behaviour will soon lead you in the direction of wanting to document it.

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    1. It’s interesting how other people react to what we do especially when they don’t get it! Agree with you about sometimes just observing eventually leads you down a new or different path and get you back into the flow again

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