STREET PHOTOGRAPHER

Let me tell you a story.

Before I was a street photographer I shot parties in Toronto. During those events, I’d often sit on a stack of speakers to reload film, have a drink, or smoke. I’m not a smiler. My normal face is rather deadpan and solemn. I can’t tell you how many times some kid would come up to me and say “DUDE! WHY SO GLUM? YOU OKAY?” To them I looked sad, but inside I was having a perfectly amazing time. Now let’s say one of them snapped a shot of me and posted it with the title “sadness surrounded by happiness” or some bullshit like that? Is that photograph better? In my opinion, as soon as the photographer wrote that lie to accompany the picture, the picture lost something. Street Photographers who write about their photos like painters white about their paintings annoy me.


From this interview.