I consider curiosity and enthusiasm to be two of my biggest assets in photography And in life. What’s the difference between photography and life? As far as I can tell, there is no difference.
Curiosity means always maintaining a level of interest in the things going on around me. Those things are vast and always changing even though I continually shoot in the same neighborhoods.
It’s easy to become bored with the same old things if you only look at the surface and move on. If you move too quickly. But when you have genuine curiosity, it opens up a world of inspiration.
I am always wondering about humanity and the city that I photograph. Fortunately, I am also typically enthusiastic as well. I don’t remember the last time I turned on the television. There’s something far more interesting about real life.
I think that one of the things that people who go on my photo tours or attend my workshops come away with is my enthusiasm for the city and the neighborhoods and people AND photography!
A photograph is about that curiosity and the desire to understand the world that I live in and to experience the diversity of it. For me, being a street photographer is always about having an open mind and being willing to experience life as it is presented to me.
I don’t know what it is that allows me to maintain my sense of curiosity and enthusiasm. I say that I was born that way. But another asset of mine is my sheer determination. It would have been easy for me to give up on photography a long time ago. But I didn’t. Well, maybe it wouldn’t have been that easy!