I have always fantasized about being a ‘street photographer’; you know one of those people who wanders the streets of a city, camera in hand, mining amazing photos of people and scenes and intimate moments. But alas, I am simply not brave enough. I would rather meet a grizzly bear face-to-face in some high mountain pass than have to stalk the streets of the city drawing attention to myself and my camera. Heaven forbid if I actually had to talk with someone to get permission to take photos. That’s why I am a nature photographer, trees and rocks don’t say no. 😉
But I have just discovered a way to ease myself into street photography and come away with great moments just like Henri Cartier Bresson! Eli Reinholdtsen has just released a Craft and Vision ebook entitled Chasing Reflections that taught me that I can make great street images by indirectly photographing scenes and people by shooting reflections in windows, puddles, mirrors, metal and more. I was really inspired by Eli’s reflection images and by her approach. In fact, I may now be brave enough to try out a little street photography myself!. To whet your appetite for the technique and the results check out several of Eli’s images below.
Click here to buy Eli’s Chasing Reflections. (if you use the promotional code REFLECT4 when you checkout, you can have Chasing Reflections for only $4 OR use the code REFLECT20 to get 20% off when you buy 5 or more books from the Craft & Vision collection. These codes expire at 11:59pm PST August 1, 2010).