During a recent workshop I had the opportunity to watch at first hand using street sense in street photography.
I went out with a novice group of street photographers and watched as they approached the subject of photographing strangers for the first time.
It was highly instructive. Once they’d taken a few pictures of strangers, many of them seemed almost over-confident and were happy photographing people that I, myself, would have stayed away from.
It may be that after so many years of street shooting I’ve either developed a over-cautious approach. Alternatively new students may yet deveolp the “whisker-twitching” awarenes of photographing strangers on the street.
I’ve also found over the years that the homeless have (by necessity) developed a highly attuned sense of what is going on around them and will know instantly when they’re being photographed. Same for law enforcement officials.