When I walk in the streets, I take photos without expectations. I keep my eyes wide open, trying to anticipate the moment that I want to capture. There is always a feeling of excitement when you come across an opportunity. You should be prepared to improvise. Some people don’t mind having their photos taken but you can’t guess their reactions until you try. Photographing in the streets is a very social experience which gives you a glimpse of other people’s everyday lives. Sometimes it can be also a subjective reflection of your own ideas and you can easily project your impressions on other people. What seems to be true could be only part of the story, because you choose which details to emphasize and which to omit. You place your subjects in a context which can be just a fragment of the three-dimensional reality.
The only thing that you can be sure of is what the captured moment means to you, how does it make you feel and why do you think it’s important. You must learn to differentiate between the beauty of the given moment and what you can do with it.
When I look through the viewfinder, I see colours, shapes, reflections, gestures, lights, shades, places and people. It takes a few seconds for my brain to build a story with all these components. Everyone’s got their own story – the old couple, the man who was passing them by, the woman in the red coat, the group of men in their dark blue costumes, the child with the curly hair illuminated by the golden light, the smoking young girl on the railway platform and the smoking old lady standing on the pavement. I’ve seen some of these people more than once and it feels like I already know them a little bit, even from a distance. Would they remember the day when these moments were captured if they had the chance to see their photographs? Would they remember how they felt or what the weather was like? I certainly remember more than I could ever express with words. These photographs are proofs that I was there and all of this happened. I managed to see the framed image in my mind and then had the courage to pick up my camera and push the button.