I'm trying a fresh method for my street documentary work.
I find an area that I think might work for a photo.
For the most part I like to work out of the wind and in shade. It's also nice if the background is interesting, but most important is being out of the wind.
I set up my camera. It's a Shen-Hao 4x10 with a Nikkor 120mm lens.
And I wait. I start a conversation with everyone I can. I'll talk with anyone. I'll talk weather, politics, garbage day, photography, whatever they want to talk about. I give them my complete attention.
Most times they aren't interested in having a picture taken, but sometimes they are.
Steve Pernar talked about looking after his mom, living in Port Dover, and an upcoming hospital visit because 'his head hurts a lot'.
He was a nice guy and had time for a couple frames before the light was gone, even these were at 1 sec.
Cig Harvey is one of my mentors and the project I'm working on is a documentary on north Hamilton. You can see her work in the current issue of American Photo.