How this photo came about..
I was in South Beach one evening shooting an event with Cash Money Records and I got dropped off outside a nightclub, with my transportation and driver for the evening on the left. This is not my usual transportation; my daily transportation has over 100,000 miles on it and is good on gas.
I was standing outside the club waiting for my clients in three tour buses to pull up. The city bus pulled up with the bicycle on the front. I had to capture the image including the chauffeur and bodyguard. I noticed a story maybe more because my transportation was a little different than the usual way I get to work. I saw a story of transportation and showing three ways to transport someone. It can mean the journey of getting somewhere and not as much the destination. It can mean that the journey is not as important as the destination, it can also mean we are all really not that different as we are all traveling to get somewhere. It’s also interesting to see that the bus driver out of the three drivers is the one who is smiling. If you want to see more street photography you could go to my Flickr street portrait photography page.
As a professional photographer, mostly everything I shoot and where ever my camera takes me is usually work related in one way or another. Whether I am shooting on assignment, photographing a surfer at the ocean, an event I was hired to shoot, the sky line of downtown Miami, or even a tattoo guy handcuffed getting into a police car. Most of my images are going somewhere. Sometimes there are exceptions to this rule, like New Years Eve Day!
First let me make myself clear, most of my work takes me personally. There has to be something that captures me, for me to capture the moment.
New Years Eve Day, I decided to venture out with my cameras and find people that captured me. I thought it would be a perfect day to get fully absorbed with what was going on around me and I was right. It was one of my most satisfying days shooting street photography in a very long time, probably since living in New York.
As a photojournalist, I find moments that tell a story and I capture those moments. Usually those moments are a split second so I need to be ready. Sometimes it has to do with setting the scene and waiting for the actors to walk on stage and most of the time it is something I just see at that split second and the moment takes me.
As a street photographer, I mainly shoot candid; I do not go up to people and ask to take their picture. I use two different size lenses and depending on how I capture the moment is the type of lens that I use.
The images below were shot New Years Eve Day in South Beach and I hope you enjoy them.
You could view more of my work at www.micheleeve.com