My partner went to Boston for a conference, so I crashed in her hotel room and took the opportunity to explore the city with a few friends and my new Rolleiflex in hand. The beauty of the camera (well, *part* of the beauty of the camera) is that most people don’t even see it. Excepting a handful of 50-somethings and one enthusiastic photography student, no one in the city thought twice about the man looking down into the tiny art-deco box, turning knobs with careful attention.
They say tools won’t make you a better artist, but a certain kind of tool can offer you the permission enter situations you might otherwise shy away from. Judging by the cell phones on the edge of the frame, iPhones will do the job for most, but it took a TLR to do the trick for me. Without my "serious" camera, I wouldn’t have dared to walk up through a gap in the attendees at this wedding on the steps of the Boston Public Library.
To me, 6x6 street photography offers an ideal balance of care and spontaneity. For all the preparation—picking the right film stock for the day’s conditions, reading the light, adjusting your settings for proper exposure, DoF, and so on—you have remarkably little control once you see the shot. So I got in as close as I could, framed the shot to pull in just enough context, and pulled the shutter release.