Saturday morning market

A week ago Saturday during my outing that started around the St. Lawrence Market, I decided to stop in and try some candid people shots from inside. Trust me, the place is so darn busy it’s almost impossible to take a shot without people in it. The first two are candid but the last two I asked for their photo. I like the market but can only take so much. It tends to get very warm in there and takes no time at all to get overheated. I think I did a lap or two and got my ass out of there and moved on. Hope you like it. Tomorrow’s Wednesday! Yay hump day! And here in Ontario we’ve got a looong weekend coming up, to boot! I only hope the weather holds up. The Toronto Photo Walks group has an outing scheduled for Saturday and I really want to attend. Part of the day will include a stop at the Stephen Bulger Gallery to view the Toronto Show, an exhibition of photos by various artists. Should be fun.

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4 Responses to Saturday morning market

  1. Frances says:

    I love those photos. They are Awesome !! I can’t believe you ask strangers if you can take their picture!! I don’t think I could ever do that! When I ask the people I’ve known forever, they freak out so… chances are I won’t be asking a stranger anytime soon. I completely forgot about how hot that place gets until you mentioned it. Still love it though.

    • Thanks Frances. If it was last year this time I would never have considered asking anyone for their photo. But I really wanted to shoot people and knew I had to break out of my shyness to succeed. I started slowly and really focused on my successes. For me it was more about getting over my fear of rejection. So what if they say No, right? Even when they do say no, they’re always somewhat flattered that you asked. I’ve yet to have a truly negative experience and in more than a few cases have had tremendously positive ones.

      Consider this: Don’t think about the daunting task of asking people if you can photograph them. Instead, go out and make a loose promise to yourself you’ll ask one single person and that’s it. Then all you have to do is keep an eye out for the right person. When I started I was with my friend Mauro and started asking people at Dundas Square to show him how easy it was. I honestly wasn’t expecting much and was shocked when I got a few yeses. Another method is to simply make it a quest to see how many people you can get to say No to you. It won’t take long before you end up with a Yes. 😉

  2. Chloe says:

    i’m a huge fan of your candid photography & it always makes me long to have the ability to just venture round the city here every moment i have spare

    p.s i read your comment reply to Frances because i too have this fear of asking strangers if i can take their photo
    i don’t mind if it’s pre-arranged – like weddings.. people are expecting at some stage you’ll be taking their photo .. so the daunting task of asking, isn’t ‘that difficult’
    but i am definitely taking on board your tasks to get out there & over come the fear

    • Thank you so much for saying so, Chloe.

      You suggested that the daunting task of asking (someone to photograph them) must be difficult. But is it really? For me — and of course your mileage may vary — the daunting part is getting over the fear of rejection. I mean, what other fear can be standing in the way, right? The fear of insulting the subject? No one gets insulted about being asked to be photographed. It’s a compliment, really. The fear of being beaten up? No one ever gets angry, although you want to be careful when approaching homeless people because sometimes they are dealing with mental health issues that make them somewhat irrational.

      So if we accept that the real fear is that of rejection, then next question becomes: what’s the best way to overcome that fear?

      From personal experience it is by exposing yourself to that rejection. What happens — at least it did for me — is you quickly realize that rejection is nothing to be afraid of. It doesn’t hurt. It doesn’t even bruise your ego because you have no relationship at all with the person doing the rejecting. They say no thanks and you move on to the next one. You soon become entirely desensitized to the process of asking people for their photograph.

      One thing’s for sure, though: ask 10 people and at least two will say yes! If you’re careful to pick only faces that are interesting and photogenic, you’ll come away with at least two really nice photos. More importantly, your confidence will soar as you begin to understand that rejection from strangers you’ll never see again is nothing to worry about. Who cares, right? And you’ll be basking in those two successes. Nothing’s more rewarding that getting a good photo of someone who agreed to your request, when you know how hard it was for you to ask them in the first place.

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