Confessions of a street photographer

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I was walking in the streets of Oaxaca in Mexico and I was impressed by the number of poor people in the streets, begging for 1 Mexican peso which is 0,07 USD…


And then there was this very old and skinny man playing endlessly the same chords, looking at nothing in special, maybe blind. It’s the kind of scene where I think “Oh my god… I need to take a picture of this” and immediately my finger is itching but, almost at the same time, an internal voice says… “Common it’s not a zoo here… leave this poor guy alone, maybe he just does not want to be taken in picture you know”. Yeah that’s the internal fight happening inside me. Does this happen to you as well?


The thing is that I love to take pictures of people. I am not so much a landscape guy… I need people, faces and emotions in my pictures.


I ended up taking that pic and almost as a “forgive me dude” I dropped some coins in the hat in front of him… feeling a bit ashamed but well… that´s the way it is.

  • J*. 6y

    pois é,
    tbm já vivi esse conflito várias vezes...
    é uma sensação de estar invadindo a privacidade do outro,
    mas, ao mesmo tempo, sabendo que a cena rende uma boa fotografia.
    acho que você fez o que devia:
    tirou a foto, depois "pagou" por ela, depositando as moedas no chapéu...
    e a foto está linda, gostei muito

  • Igor Alecsander 6y

    Fantastica captura
  • **Annie** 6y

    Loved the colours!!!! Amazing shoot really. Congrats!
  • Lucy Davey75 PRO 6y

    well done!
  • Bárbara Porto 6y

    Oi Xav
    Emocionante o seu relato. Concordo 100% com você - muitos fotógrafos se comportam como se estivessem num zoo mesmo.
    Talvez perguntar seja uma saída.
    Fotografar pessoas "naturais" de longe, é fácil. Fazer um retrato de uma pessoa, olhando pra a câmera, e ainda assim natural, é mais difícil. Mas tendo a crer que as pessoas mais humildes, mais simples, não posam.

    Enfim, de qualquer forma, sua fotografia sempre coloca as pessoas com muita dignidade.

    Um beijo.
  • Frizztext PRO 6y

    that could be me,
    if I would have been born in Mexico,
    not in Germany :-)
    thanks for sharing!
    greetings from
    coastal me, Baltic Sea
  • José Reséndiz A. 6y

    Esta fotografía representa a...

    México De Mis Amores

    Gracias por participar en nuestro grupo.
  • Rodrigo Alvarez-Icaza 6y

    Great capture!
  • micaela marun fritz 6y

    great shot, I love the colours
  • Frizztext PRO 6y

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  • ♥Newzy♥ 6y

    Great shot....!!!
  • Bob Boyer PRO 6y

    Awesome capture!!!
  • Marco Lattanzi 6y

    Colors and composition are simply beautiful. I love the POV and the perspective.
  • piotr mamnaimie 5y

    fantastic colors and compo !!!
    cool colors !
    amazing photostream !
    Saludos !-)
  • Annick L 5y

    I think it was the right choice. That man and poverty is part of life and I do agree it should be seen...Not that there is a shame in it...I prefer since I am close to being one myself to say no silently with twisting my head from left to right. Or say : Sorry, I can't....(not wanting the begger to know of my own misery).....One day it will be me taking those photographs....maybe not with the best camera and filters, but I will.
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Taken on November 14, 2009
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