I went to a photo gallery presentation, by Matt Stuart, in LA two days ago. He's an amazing street photographer, and although he didn't tell us "the secret of street photography", he did tell us there isn't one. He has a simple approach – just be out in the world with a camera. That's mostly it. The rest is instinct. And if you have it, you'll come home with some great shots, and if you don't you'll still come home with photos that mean something to you.
He spoke in depth about what he does in the extremely fragile presence of a moment. He spoke about specific body movements, acting invisible, and my favorite, walking up to the subject with the shutter clicking so they acclimate to the sound. Stuff like that is so cool for me to hear. That's Matt Stuart's process. That's what he innately figured out in order to get what he wants. Pretty amazing.
Feeling inspired, I set off on a two hour walk through Long Beach. What came from that was 50 pictures of strangers. I (almost) photographed every person I walked by that Saturday evening. Sounds like I fall into the "Hey, at least those shots mean something to you" category of street photographer. But it's true, they do, I love them, especially the shot of the parents and the baby. Both parents are on their phones, and for some reason I think the baby looks like he really wants a phone. I also love the succession in this series, when they're all put together and laid out like this I think this photo set works really well. It also helps that two of my subjects appear further down the sidewalk in the previous photos. Something I wish I was thinking of at the time, but a very happy thing to stumble upon while uploading.