If I do the same thing somewhere new, is it something new? Street photography is something that normally holds little interest to me for three reasons:
- The famous landmarks of the world have already been photographed to death by thousands and thousands of people. I feel I have nothing to add.
- My personal tastes run to more open vistas. I wander up and down streets but find little in them to personally put my finger on the button as I prefer bleak, open vistas that look like scenes from your last nightmare.
- There are men and women who specialize in this area and turn out the level of breathtaking work that simply puts my own efforts to shame.
But this afternoon I set up to break from the norm and try to capture a different view of Shop Street in the heart of Galway City. I got looks. I had a chat with a Garda who was endlessly bemused by thirty second exposures. I had catcalls and requests. And for being someone who is so shy, I had no problems sitting out in front of hundreds of strangers and taking photos with my tripod.
I captured my image and I’m broadly happy with the results: Galway as a ghost town.