Khürt Williams

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Street Photography in small towns

I am of the opinion that street photography as a practice by certain well-known photographers is not possible outside of large cities, which is why I think that the street photography workshops I find online are held in larger cities. Specifically, I think street photography cannot be done by non-white people in wealthy, mostly white, small towns like Princeton, Hopewell, etc., in New Jersey. And impossible in towns that have no downtown, like Montgomery, West Windsor, etc.

I have tried many times. When I point the camera in the direction or a person or person, they immediately stop to either remove themselves from the scene or give me a look that feels to me like “what the f**k are you doing”.

I am not comfortable with street photography in general but I feel that if I were to spend an hour or more walking around taking photos of people that I would soon have a police patrol car following me around and beyond that being questioned as to the reasons for my actions.

[caption id=“attachment_45267” align=“aligncenter” width=“1200”] Skate boarder in Scudder’s Plaza. FujiFilm X-T2 + Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR@ 55 mm, f/5.6, ISO640[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_45268” align=“aligncenter” width=“1200”] Skate boarder in Scudder’s Plaza. FujiFilm X-T2 + Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR@ 55 mm, f/5.6, ISO640[/caption]

Is this image of skateboarders on Scudders Plaza street photography? There was no street here. I interacted with them. We chatted about camera equipment and the best angle and shutter speed to use for these shots.

[caption id=“attachment_45269” align=“aligncenter” width=“1200”] Jammin’ Crepes in Princeton. FujiFilm X-T2 + Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR@ 51.6 mm, f/5.6, ISO12800A[/caption]

Would the father in this image get upset if he notice that my camera was pointed in their direction?

[caption id=“attachment_45270” align=“aligncenter” width=“1200”] Nassau Street. FujiFilm X-T2 + Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR@ 34.2 mm, f/5.6, ISO12800A[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_45271” align=“aligncenter” width=“1200”] Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ. FujiFilm X-T2 + Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR@ 55 mm, f/5.6, ISO12800[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_45272” align=“aligncenter” width=“1200”] Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ. FujiFilm X-T2 + Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR@ 55 mm, f/5.6, ISO12800[/caption]

[caption id=“attachment_45273” align=“aligncenter” width=“1200”] Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ.

FujiFilm X-T2 + Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR@ 55 mm, f/4.0, ISO3200

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