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It has been almost 2 years now and I feel the need to document my experience with street photography in Jamaica. Long and short is that I find the easiest place to take pictures is at cross walks. Most especially the cross walks in Half Way Tree. A crosswalk is a unique place since most people are carefully trying to not get run over by cars - so they are less concerned with you and your camera. I took some of my best pictures at crosswalks and places where people are constantly moving. On the cross walk it is only you, the camera and the subject but everyone is there to cross the road.
Street photography in Jamaica is not like a studio shoot. There is no set or stage. The best results seem to come from constantly moving with the crowd. Stopping only for situations where there is potential for a few quick shots. Rarely working a scene for more than 2 or 3 shots before moving on to the next. Always make sure your camera settings are correct before you hit the road. No chimping or reviewing your pictures as you walk because it only wastes time.
If you are unsure of your settings you can check it periodically but not when shooting. Because nothing draws more attention than someone fiddling with their camera. So that is my tip for the day; cross walks. Be careful crossing those roads.
Lots of trees got needlessly cut down. Passed through Half-way-Tree. Its black mango season and all the mango trees around Kingston are in fruit.
Sometimes you just want to get your mind back to a certain place in time, a certain mode. At a point right before you figure something out. You will often try to recreate that moment but it is impossible. Because time has passed, the world has turned around and everything has changed. All the stones at the bottom of the river have shifted ever so slightly that the scene will never be the same. And this is something you have to embrace.
There are some habits that make us who we are. Some that keep us trapped on our paths. There are other habits that keep us safe. Habits whether subconsciously or intently found our understanding of everything around us. No one can exist without a habit or a comfort zone. It is just how we are. We are our environment. Who we meet, who we have met are all a part of our conscious routine. The more aware you are of this fact the more you understand. And the more you understand, the more you know.
It is not always about the thing you are doing now. But the important thing is the series of things you are doing. The order might not matter much. If I were to compare it to a netflix mini series then yes, the order might matter. But if you look down the road it might all be just a waste of time. Knowing when you are wasting your time is the key. People are already talking about summer and I am living in January wondering what to do with the new year.