Boston

Today was spent exploring the North End in Boston. It's one of our favorite spots to go to when we're in the city. It has such amazing architecture and so much culture in this tiny area. Your first steps onto the streets that create the North End are instantly filled with the smell of garlic and sights of tiny, old Italians that have probably lived there for years. You'll see all the lit up signs for great restaurants and the famous Mike's Pastry sign. But as you walk in and out of the side streets, you'll get more of a homey vibe. There are apartments and people walking with their laundry, and you'll see that it's not just the restaurants that make up the North End. It's the people who still live there and walk to these bakeries and corner stores every day. When Joe and I go out to shoot, we have different shooting styles. While I lean more towards landscapes and untouched scenes, he's totally into street photography. His photographs are ridiculous and he seems to have this knack for capturing the right moment. So, I totally admire that - street photography is so hard but his photographs are great. Any time we're out together, I try to do some of my own street photography (but it's no where near his).

This image, for instance, is one that I was going to write about and how it is a total fail of street photography. When I was going through my images, Joe came in and saw that and exclaimed that he loved it. He convinced me to change it to black and white and look at it more. He also laughed in my face when I told him this was going to be my "fail" image. 
The more I look at it - I do think it's interesting. I love how the two people in the background are framed by the arms in the foreground. 

Now, I didn't put my eye to the view finder and frame this composition - this is purely...by chance. I had the camera on, pointed to the side of me when I was trying to get out of a crowd, and took a shot. This is what came from it. I like it. But I don't think that I can continue to do this just out of "luck". I need to push myself more when we're out in the city. I need to start to work up the nerve to get right in peoples faces and take a photo and not care. With time, I'm sure I can get to that point. But for now, I'll just keep blindly taking photographs out on the street and seeing what comes from it. I guess there's nothing about shooting straight from the hip.