>>2744371 If you want to take more interesting photos, become a more interesting person. Stop saying no, and start saying yes. Stop seeking out negativity and excuses, and start looking for reasons to be happy, and supportive.
It depends on what you want to get better at... not all photography involves being outside.
Macro photography. I don't do it anymore but I got into using a microscope objectives for macro/micro photography. You can get amazing imaging for not much money as a lot of it is DIY. It's hard work (focus stacking, lighting, dealing with vibrations, etc) but very rewarding.
There's also stuff like still-life or dioramas. Do a google search for 'Gregory Crewdson - Natural Wonders' for an example of some cool dioramas. Probably not something that's going to interest everyone but it's a great example to dispel the myth that photography equals the cliched genres of landscape, street, portrait, etc...
>>2745682 Why are you afraid? Chances are good that even when they notice you, it won't make much of an impact on them. They might go to lunch the next day and say "Someone took a photo of me on the street yesterday" but after that, it fades away. You feel like this big awkward mess because you can feel all your fears and struggles, and it feels like some momentous challenge to overcome. It's a big struggle in your life, so obviously everyone knows, and is judging you, but from their point of view, you're just another stranger, on just another street, that they interact with for 10 seconds and then never see again.
If you were walking down the street to the corner shop, thinking about making dinner tonight, and wondering if that girl is ever going to text you back, and also I wonder how *local sports team* is doing, and suddenly a guy walking the other way snaps a photo of you, looks at the back of his screen, smiles appreciatively, and then gives you a grateful *nod* before continuing on his way, is it really going to make a huge impression on you? Is it going to change your life, or freak you the fuck out? No.
>>2745686 As a modern woman in the 21st century I find the scenario you posted offensive and problematic. You basically talk about metaphorical eye and image rape, then go on to imply that this isn't a serious issue.
And they say rape culture doesn't exist, just ugh.
>>2746011 >As a modern woman in the 21st century I find the scenario you posted offensive and problematic. You basically talk about metaphorical eye and image rape, then go on to imply that this isn't a serious issue.
This is the problem that get's to me. Which is why I'm afraid to get out sometimes especially to take photos. What if some woman calls the cops and I got myself arrested. They can easily say I'm a sexual offender and I can't afford a lawyer.
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