(cinematic music) (light sounds of the plaza)
Siena! Look where we are. Look at this fantastic place. There'll be street photography, there'll be action between people, I'll try to meld in with the crowd, I'm gonna show you the tactics I use to kind of become invisible on the street. And sometimes I may even talk to people, because it's fun to talk to other people, so watch what I do. Let's have some fun. This is a wonderful street in Siena, where people are coming from that side, and they're coming from up there, and they're coming, it's a crossroads in a way, and I love to stand on a crossroads. When I'm there, the mix of people and energy helps me to be invisible, but also keeps on bringing me new information all the time. So I see new people, new combinations. Here's a girl talking on her cell phone, but she's also got her water bottle in her mouth, and the two together make a kind of crazy picture. I'm always looking for the light, too. There's a beautiful patch of light here, a...
nd people come in, they're lighted for a moment, they're visible and they're highly lit, so I'm kind of interested in the shadows of the street, and the light that people are entering, because for a moment they're like sparks flying. (passersby speak in Italian) Here's a lady with orange hair, in the sunlight now, bingo, the orange hair lit up like a flame. Sometimes, in the great big mix of the crowd, is a little detail. Could be a miserable kid crying, "Mama! I want my..." Whatever it is. So I'm looking for the little human detail in the larger environment, which is a great way of saying, look, in ordinary life it all seems to be going on in a normal way, but in fact, there's, you know, fatigue, and pain, and you know, unhappiness, and joy, and laughter, so it's an incredible mix. But you can train your eye to look at the whole thing and see some of these details that pull things together. Because as soon as you see a detail of, let's say a kid holding onto their mother's hand and crying, right over here is a guy with two poodles, and the poodles are up on their hind legs, and they're looking for a cookie, so, by being attentive to one thing, you can include the other things in it. That's part of what makes street photography so interesting. I'm hanging out near these guys because they've got big hand gestures, a nice little cluster of Italian guys. But I'm also watching who else is coming into the space, to see if something interesting, and I know behind me is a bulldog over there, so I'm waiting to see what's gonna happen with this bulldog, and these guys, and whoever else is coming my way. (cinematic music) (camera clicks) Ah, you see that? All those gestures! (camera click) Belissimo, belissimo. (locals chat in Italian) (camera clicks) Can't expect to have a great event fall from the sky in front of you every time you come out. But building on the little events, putting things together that don't belong together, how you make interesting photographs, and how you kind of tune up your instrument on the street.