Thursday, August 5, 2010

Child at play ~ Chiang Mai


Another shot I got from the PhotoWalk a few weeks ago in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It is the same kid playing with a top seen on this portrait in the market.

It was too bad it rained for hours later so we couldn't get more shots. I felt a bit more comfortable taking street portraits when I was with the group, I am not very used to street photography and I feel a bit shy approaching people to take photos when I don't even speak their language.

I am improving day by day though as I am forcing myself to get out there and approach strangers. I might even have a project coming up soon so stay tuned!


Anonymous said...

I've the same problem as you, also feel like I don't have the right to photograph them...
I've to figger out a nice way we all like!

Peruvian hug to you!

Ziad said...

Hey Dan!

I enjoyed this picture much more than the other composition of the same child. Very nice!

I hear you re the approaching strangers. You'd be surprised though. All you need to do is form some sort of connection with the person opposite you. It really doesn't matter what you say - or whether you speak the same language. 90% of all communication is body language anyway, if some scientists are to be believed. ;)

For example, when I was in Bangalore often all I did was share a smile or two with the person and point to my camera. I almost always got the go ahead to make their portrait. :) And approaching people gets easier the more you do it.

I wanna see more of your portraits and slices of life. :) I enjoy seeing Thailand through your eyes.

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