Film of Bruce Gilden photographing on the streets of New York - comment by Nick Lloyd

This video of Bruce Gilden, working on the streets of New York is compelling viewing.
While there are very few street photographers who would want to work as closely or as quickly as he does, with his subjects - there are some uncomfortable truths for other photographers about the results of his methods. Here are some of them.

1) When you have a camera and are taking pictures of other people in a public space you get noticed. People may have an opinion about that. Get used to it.It comes with the territory.

2) Being a nice human being and respecting other peoples personal space is a great human reaction to mixing socially with other people in a variety of settings.
It's also generally a recommended way of behaving to other people, at least in my book.
However this has nothing to do with working spontaneously on the street where instinct and random 'gut feelings' often take you in directions and into situations where educated or polite responses simply aren't appropriate. If you were to act on those polite responses you wouldn't be able to function as a street photographer.

3) Just by being in a crowd doesn't make you the same as the people moving around you. You're not one of them. You're a photographer and you're there to work.
Don't try to be 'appropriate' or pretend that you're not doing what you're doing. The public (which often means you as well) know when someone's lying or pretending or covering up what they're doing. Be who you are.


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