I’ve heard a couple of street photographers speak about relaxing and enjoying shooting. One was John Free and I think the other was F D Walker in the Shooter Files.
I realised that I’d been putting too much pressure on myself to improve and to try and get great shots. I had stopped enjoying myself on the street. Instead I was walking around grumpy and stressed.
So, I decided to enjoy myself again and to interact with people. I decided to ask or at least engage people before taking their photograph; risking less edgy images but removing tension and potential antagonism.
The result has been interesting. I’ve been much happier and people have seemed to enjoy getting their photograph taken.
At a time where there is a lot of gloom and despair around, it has been nice to experience and share some joy.