Our latest assignment in my documentary class is to go out and photograph without film in the camera. I used my Minolta TLR camera to "photograph" around the streets and alleys of Delaware, Ohio. It was an interesting experience because of the strange people you run into when you're just walking slowly.
A couple people stopped me to ask about the camera that I was using. I took pictures of a couple strolling their child down the sidewalk, a couple of kids playing in the street, a man getting his haircut in the barber shop, two men loading a mattress into a truck, and two men taking money out of ATM machines.
It was actually very difficult for me to do this. Not very many people walk in downtown Delaware, and the few that do, immediately notice me and my camera. I have to say, I had less and less courage to press the shutter button, even though I knew there was no film in the camera. I only photographed people from behind because I was afraid that they would get mad if they saw what I was doing.
It was harder than I thought it would be, and more terrifying. I had brilliant chances to take photographs, but I passed them up because I was so close to the people and they would have seen me. It would be easier if I photograph where there are a lot more people, so that I do not stand out as much.