"not yo mama's craft fair"

arts and crafts,
knick knacks,
food trucks,
live music
& people watching.

i really enjoyed this craft fair, though i wish there could have been more shade to sit under, or maybe some grass to sit on. but other than that it was nice to see what the local artists and craftsmen/women have created. i'm starting to really like jersey city. it's chill, but it got it's own spunk. i also really like the old industrial buildings in that area, which i'm pretty sure will soon turn into some converted lofts... it would be awesome if i could do some sort of urban anthropology project to document this.

but anyhow, i feel like my words are just reiterating the pictures i'm showing you.

i really wish i could take better street photos. it's so hard to just take a picture of some stranger standing in front of you. and is it just me, but does it feel like when you are holding a camera people notice you more? i get pretty intimidated to take pictures of some real characters worthy to be photographed. but i feel like i should ask for permission first, but then it would just feel unnatural to do so. i really don't know how to get past this. any suggestions or stories from your own experiences, good or bad? do share. i am curious.


  1. with my experience, people automatically put a wall up when they see a camera - they instantly see themselves (their flaws & imperfections) and they feel their privacy is invaded. as a photographer, you have legal rights to capture anything/anyone in a public space. i've asked some people to take their photograph and have been rejected or not ask and take it anyway and then get yelled at. then there are people who just dont care. most times i just dont care and i take it without thinking cuz once i take it, they cant do anything about it. just send good vibes before you capture =)

  2. I'm actually pretty shy when it comes to street photography, too! If I'm feeling especially shy, I pretend that I'm taking photos of something else when I take photos of people on the street. Or sometimes I just smile and people usually smile back. It was really tough to be a party photographer, but I think it really helped me be a more outgoing and communicative. In those cases, everyone is out to be seen so no issues there!

  3. was this the Renegade Craft Fair? i think you take great street pics, you have a good eye for what reality is to you that others seem to pass by.

    i'm gonna give my Holga a spin this weekend, finally!