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Although I am a street photographer, I'm obviously not centered on doing photographs on a daily basis. I am more in a state of awareness in which I'm always alert to situations that really deserve to be photographed. Over the years I have also come to realize that I'm not unique and special to be so selfish about my condition, and therefore this must be common to other street photographers like me, since we are not “Professional Photographers”. And since we are not paid professionals meeting clients’ needs, we are likely to have another professional recipe for surviving in life and even sponsoring our dear and deeply loved passion for photography.
We are just regular people who have an immense passion for photography. We consume it – that is, we look at photographs, we talk about them and we even listen to stuff related to photography – a lot. We are also able to balance our professional and personal lives with a structured discipline that allows us to make images that will truly make us happy our whole lives.
Keeping up with a schedule
Having schedules is not as bad as it seems. In schedules we find windows, and in those gaps of time we are able to escape and walk the streets for a while. It could be on our lunch hour, or it could be on our way to work. Try to sneak some street photography on those tiny gaps, like a gym routine. Personally I have found it easy to capture scenes I consider meaningful in my current and previous job. In my previous job I worked inside an office, but I had the opportunity to visit clients as a salesman. That position enabled me to visit places that I never imagined I would. Nowadays I'm the Operations Director of tech start-up, but since I live in a developing country, many bureaucracies have to be navigated the traditional way, which is extremely good because it enables me to be on the streets a lot. Even though I'm on a schedule, I find extremely liberating to spot little windows that enable me to get my camera from my bag and start to photograph right away. And that takes me to my next important point: always have a trusty and reliable camera with you. Always.