Urban photography by Brad Evans

Procrastination

April 30th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized

It happens a lot. You see an interesting photo possibility, wonder if the result will be worth the hassle, and ultimately procrastinate the image goodbye – all in a matter of seconds. Usually it’s when I’m driving and see something interesting at the side of the road. By the time I’ve concluded there might actually be a decent image to snag, I’m a quarter mile away and just keep on going not wanting to deal with finding a place to turn around, parking, etc.

Same thing happens shooting on the street. For candids, you usually don’t get a second chance and just chalk up the missed moment to knowing there will always be another shot of some sort within a few blocks. Street portraits are different though, but I run through the same sort of mental tradeoffs, and unfortunately many times let possibilities slide, figuring it’s too late or too much hassle.

Such was the case Sunday shooting on Mission Street with photo-bud Quyen. A guy walks by us between 22nd and 23rd with this humongous boom box, light on his feet, high on life, and radiating the most amazing smile while grooving to Earth WInd and Fire. I’m thinking about stopping him while looking for a suitable background. Seconds go by and it looks like he’s headed to a bus that just pulled over. Quyen sees the same possibilities. I shrug and say oh well, because he’s down the block by now and figure it’s too much hassle, don’t want to bother him, etc. Quyen felt different, catches up with him down the street, and starts chatting with him. I join in and discover the guy, Walter, is probably one of the most mellow and happiest people I’ve ever met. He was totally cool letting us take a bunch of snaps, and his super happy attitude really made my day. Just goes to show that nothing ventured, nothing gained. Procrastination gets you nowhere when there are so many interesting people to meet…

  1. 3 Responses to “Procrastination”

  2. By bawgaj on May 1, 2010

    good one !

  3. By Luis on May 3, 2010

    I guess that’s one of the reasons it helps to have a shooting companion. I feel much more motivated and willing to go after a shot when I’m with others. However, being alone has taught me much about overcoming shyness and learning to read people not by the cover or the expression they are carrying at the time. It’s moments like the one you experienced that are enriching in lessons of how alike “others” really are to you and me.

    Had time to go the historic center here in Mexico City yesterday and I missed at least one very good moment because I procrastinated or worried about the consequences. I’m still left with the picture in my mind –damn, that moments gone for good.

    Great shot. Dude has great taste for music too.

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