I’m not sure why, but at some point I uploaded some photos to google plus almost eight years ago. Here are some of the street photography photos I was making at that time in Rochester, NY. Then, my ability to make these photos were limited to breaks during work and group night walks with other photographers.
What do you do when it gets in the 60s in February in Rochester, NY? In my case, you use a personal day you have to spend by July 1st. With looming unemployment bearing down on me and a case of the winter blues, a good walk is what I knew I needed. I of course brought my camera. Normally I would fire whatever social media app I was using and send messages to some local people to see if they would like to join me. I’m not on social media anymore. I can’t say if it is a break or a complete farewell to Instagram or Twitter. I can say is that I do not miss either at the moment. Nothing has changed in my life other than that I do not feel the need to see what’s going on in the world. It’s not that I don’t care, I just prefer to get my news and personal relationships to be outside of an app. To me, the apps replaced making an effort and has made lazier and ignorant people even more lazier and ignorant (and amplified).
I woke up normally like any other day, had breakfast with my girlfriend and left the apartment when she left work. My first stop was to go to Java’s to get a coffee. On the way, I bumped into another local street photographer I had yet to meet (but knew on social media), Dan Witkowski. I wouldn’t bump into anyone else I know for the day. I did, though, meet a few interesting people/strangers who would like to talk about cameras, photography, haircuts or birds.
Recently, the Flower City Arts photo department had their annual garage sale. I picked up a couple ridiculously cheap Canon QL17's, loaded them up with Kodak film and set off into the streets of downtown Rochester to photograph businessmen (mostly bankers and lawyers). Here's five frames from my first roll of Tri-X. Still getting used to rangefinder focusing as well as zone focusing on the fly. I do not use the meter during the day as I always shoot at f11 or f16. It's fairly easy to guess the shutter speed I need to use.