If you want the light to come into your life, you have to stand where it is shining the strongest.
If you want to stand out as a street photographer, you better start getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. People don’t understand it. They will stare, they will glare, they will care. You’ll be questioned, they’ll make eye contact, there will be verbal or passive confrontation. If anyone questions why you’re taking photos, you’re a photographer, that’s what you do. If they can’t wrap their head around it even though they visit museums and stare at photography exhibits, yet don’t understand it when they see it happening in real time...then that’s their problem. If you want to get good at street photography, you’re going to have to stop caring what people are thinking all the time. 🙇🏻♂️ Agree or disagree?
The world is much bigger than we think. People often ask me, “how do you stay inspired?” Although I rarely have the opportunity myself, one of the absolute best ways to stay inspired as a photographer is to travel. This slideshow (10) is a reflection of one of my favorite trips for the #MoreThanCarnaval contest by @pas@passionpassport & @americanair. This photo set is from the last time I was on a flight that was longer than two hours. It was to California. I’m almost embarrassed to say I’ve never traveled internationally yet; my passport has yet to be stamped. Anyways, traveling anywhere new has a profound effect on the curious soul. Around every corner lies something unknown. Cultures, colors, tastes, smells, sights, encounters—they all linger, waiting to be experienced for the first time. Going to California in 2016 was such a monumental adventure for me, although average for many. Sleep was no longer a priority, passion took control, adrenaline surged. Hours flew by like minutes, my car’s odometer skyrocketed, my memory cards were constantly full. I experienced mountains, the Pacific Ocean, the desert, the stars, and that laid-back West Coast lifestyle, all for the first time. Traveling opens your eyes to what’s happening outside your own bubble. It really takes you out of your comfort zone. Every time you do something new...you learn, you grow. These last couple of years I’ve sacrificed my comfort for growth, and have zero regrets. I would love my first passport stamp to have such an incredible backstory like this opportunity presents. Imagine that one crazy time following my passion lead to experiencing Rio de Janeiro and Carnaval through an Instagram contest. I’ve heard so much about Brazil through my Brazilian friends here in NYC (whom I’d love to bring). This would almost be a literal translation of passion meeting a passport @passionpassport. 😂 Welp, thanks to anyone who read this whole thing! Wish me luck. Swipe for a killer set and bts footage from this epic trip! #contest