the waiting line
I’ve never been a fan of shooting group photos. In fact, I avoid taking group shots as much as possible. I prefer not to bring my camera to any social function so that I can’t be coerced into taking everybody’s photo. The truth is, I don’t like counting 1..2..3. I am clumsy with the camera flash too and by the time I’m done setting up for the shot, everybody’s smile is stuck on their faces and have nothing to do with the rest of their facial expressions.
I prefer street photography because….
on the streets, it’s either I get the shot or I don’t. I cannot ask strangers to laugh the way they did a moment ago;
I get stared in askance and at the same time ignored;
some people look away and pretend they don’t see me;
while others will look expectantly;
and still others will demand their exposure.
There are no expectations from shooting on the streets. There is no need to count 1..2..3. With a smile and a nod, I go my way.