About a year and a half ago in one of the plazas in my neighbourhood, a swing dancing school decided to put on some music and let their students dance. Since then, more and more people would join in, and look what it’s turned into now.
You have to admit it’s very cool!
Within all this I have a small personal photography story. Soon after I first became interested in photography, one afternoon I was with my camera on the beach. Bear in mind that I live in Barcelona, where the beach is on the east, so the sun sets behind the mountains in the west. Anyway, there I was at a beach, which also coincidentally had some mountains beside the beach. I was trying to photograph the sunset. In other words, I was pointing my camera upwards over the mountains, up towards the sky. Absolutely nothing or nobody on the ground was within my scope.
All of a sudden a man appeared out of nowhere and demanded that I put away my camera because I was breaching his privacy. I kindly explained that I was photographing the sunset and that he was nowhere within my view. Even so he insisted that if not he would punch me and destroy the camera… Aha, ok. So I put it away. I must admit that since then I’ve been quite cautious when people are in full view when I’m trying making photos. The other day when I was walking around my neighbourhood, camera in hand (or dangling down my neck to be more precise), and there was another swing session going on, I thought: this is my chance, now I must overcome my fear of photographing people. So I did. And it was fun.
Look, another photographer!
Are there any events like this in your neighbourhood? And most importantly, which of your fears have you conqered?
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