On my Sycamore Street Hill documentation of 1969, I took this photo of young adults.
For me a documentary image requires an "up front" approach, the subjects interact with me and know their picture is being taken. This allows an edginess to be shown and I feel makes a better, real and often dramatic photo, none of which would happen if taken from a distance.
There is another factor. Back then it would take a bit of time to focus, meter and frame an image, so you were in their face whether you wanted to or not. I chose to let this work for me and you can see in the expressions their reaction to me on their turf. This was inner city downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, USA in the late 60s, also a time of social and political unrest over race and Vietnam. We didn't feel we were poor, but we felt oppressed in some manner.
I have a series of photos in my gallery, Sycamore Street Hill, with others of these images. If you like this series, watch my site, as I continue to post more.
Taken with a Nikon F, with a 50mm F2.0 Nikkor, with hand held Weston meter, on Kodak Plus X film.
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