Ostkreuz station in Berlin Friedrichshain is one of my favorite places in Berlin when it comes to lovely compositions made from shadows and light in an urban environment. Opened 3 years ago, it is one of the newest and biggest train stations in Berlin. With 200,000 people using this station on their way to work, home or party you will never wait too long for interesting characters passing by.
When it comes to taking images of strangers on the streets, many aspiring Street Photographers tend to be afraid of approaching people. This was also a huge problem for me and it still is, because one of the biggest fears of humans is being rejected by other people. It´s like asking a girl you like to go out with you. What if she says no? Well, but what happens if you don´t ever ask her?
Same when it comes to Street Photography. Why are you afraid of asking interesting strangers to make a portrait of them? If they say no – why do you care? You will very likely not see this person again. And if you see him or her again, maybe they changed your mind?
As a Street Photographer and in particular if you are in candid Street Photography, you have always to be wary of being discovered and the most common question you will here if you are taking someone´s photo unasked will be: „Why did you take my picture?“ This can be an angry or a curious and interested question, but can lead to some trouble if you answer in a snootily way like: „I am a famous Street Photographer!“
I want to provide you some smarter ways of answering this often heard question.
So, you are an aspiring Street Photographer? Street Photography has become an important part of your life, and now you want to shift your passion to the nex level and want to study Photography? Forget about it. I had exactly the same thoughts a few years ago. Here are the reasons from my personal point of view that changed my mind: