I prefer photographing older people. Often they appear more interesting; more weathered or sun bleached.
Recently I’ve been questioning myself about whether I also find them less intimidating. Perhaps I think they’re less likely to complain about being shot.
There is a thought process at work in my shooting. I avoid photographing kids because of the potential to be misunderstood. I generally avoid photographing young women because of the potential to be considered inappropriate, in particular by my wife.
I regularly see more edgy looking individuals and want to shoot in homage to a gildenesque gangster scene. But often fear gets the better of me; I’ve been hit before on the streets.
And so I find that I’m not really documenting street life, not in its entirety. I’m documenting the portion of street life that, in the moment, I prejudge to be non-threatening.
Funny thing is, the only people to have reacted in a threatening way to being shot, in my experience, have been older (though, not in the case of the photo above).