wanna be street photographer

Street photography has been on my photography bucket list for some time. Back in May while taking Lessons from the Masters I finally made the time and headed down to South Beach and Little Havana. The photographers that practice this genre make it look effortless, and it is anything but easy. I would not describe myself as an introvert or shy by any stretch of the imagination, however pointing a camera at strangers made me very uncomfortable. In my head I could hear my kids saying "Mom, really? That's creepy." I'll admit at first it felt that way but by the third day I began to feel at little more at ease.

Here are some images captured on digital and film. 


Film images follow.

Film images captured on a Canon AE1-P, Tmax400 (The FIND Lab).

clickin walk on film

Nothing more typical than driving behind a Rolls heading for Star Island on the MacArthur Causeway. Miami.

Approached this photo walk a little differently than I usually photograph by looking for details and learning to see in shades of gray. 

I knew as soon as I clicked the shutter that I probably missed focus (the trials of manual focus and unexpected moments).

Canon AE1-P | Fuji Acros 100, The Find Lab

you are in charge of your image making

This is your photo, it is what you see and want to create - you are in charge of your image making and then he waited for my son to direct him.   That was the advice photographer Ben Hood gave my 13 year old son at World Wide Instament.  Yes, my heart was over-filled with gratitude for those words. 

Last month my son sweetly agreed to accompany me to the West Palm Beach Instameet hosted by Ben and Rebekah Hood of Kalima Photography and SubCulture Coffee.  I can’t say enough awesome things about them (and the iced latte).  Needless to say I was the oldest in the crowd and we did not know anyone there yet felt completely comfortable and welcomed by them and their friends.  A few days after the event my son said to me "Mom, I want you to take a picture of me here" as he held out his hand to see the quality of light and began discussing the shadows.  So thank you Ben for inspiring my son to notice the light around him, just the other day he mentioned he wants his own film camera.

You can follow them on instagram @benisrad and @kallimap and take a class from them here.


Above film images taken on Canon AE1-P, Ektar 100 - dev by The Find Lab.

My son created the following images on his iPhone 5c.  - #wpbinstameet #wwim11