I admit, I'm a bit "backward in coming forward" when it comes to taking pictures of strangers. I've missed out on so many great images because I'm helplessly British and don't want to intrude. Yes, I'm one of "those" photographers, the ones who pretend to be taking a picture of something other than the stranger they really want to capture, the ones whose lenses swivel away at the slightest flicker of eye contact. There's a pretty high ratio of backs to fronts in my people pictures.
random pictures with white people" is a bit of a nightmare for me and I must be projecting that dislike of being photographed on the people I don't capture. Of course, I'm wrong about that, some people love being photographed.
I enjoy taking pictures of people and my workplace is full of portraits and candids I've captured, but I know the people and I'm taking the pictures in an official capacity. I also stand at the side of the road taking pictures of people on motorbikes and bicycles. Moving targets are fine. See, I'm working on my problems bit by bit.
So how come, given my debilitating condition, is this post full of pictures of people happily posing for me? Simple really, they asked me to take their pictures so I was "official". I was traipsing about the streets of Pondy when the two girls above shyly asked me to take their picture. They were part of a group about to board a ramshackle tourist bus and they wanted their visit documented. Since there wasn't a camera or cell phone between the lot of them I was the next best thing and so the photoshoot happened. We attracted a crowd and literally stopped traffic.
They were a grand bunch and we all had a good time, I'm only sorry I couldn't get an address out of them to post them some of the pictures.
Now to work on asking permission...