You might think that you live in a boring neighborhood. You might think that there’s nothing of interest to photograph where you live. You might think that you have to go somewhere to capture good photographs. This photoessay is intended to debunk that. I live in a boring suburban neighborhood, but I have still made an effort to walk the sidewalks with my camera in hand. This particular collection features some recent black-and-white images that I’ve captured in the neighborhood where I live. In the past I’ve shared many pictures captured in my neighborhood, so these are far from the only ones or even the best ones–they are simply ones that I have not posted on here before. I hope that this article inspires you to get out into your local area with your camera, even if “getting out” is just a short trip around the block.
I’ll show you what suburban New Jersey looks like when I get the nerve to point my camera at my neighbours homes. Too many people want to call the local police whenever they see a stranger walking around, especially one with a camera. As a black guy, I want ZERO interactions with the police.
I can understand that. I had a weird encounter not long ago where this guy pulls up in his car near me while I am taking a picture, and points his cellphone at me, obviously recording. Then he backs up to my car and captures the license plate. I smile and waved, but got a scowl in return. I think a big problem with society at large is that way too many people are thinking the worst of others instead of assuming the best. We really need to assume that others have good intentions and not automatically think they are up to no good. That one thing could really change the world.
Agreed. I restrict my street photography to my visits to Philadelphia and Manhattan.