I went out with some friends over the holiday - taking my camera along - and was again reminded that street photography is something best done alone. If you're with someone, you end up walking at flank speed in an attempt to catch up with them between taking pictures, and they (if they're concerned about actually staying within a kilometer radius of you), have to stop from time-to-time to wait for you. So while you're thinking "Why do they have to steam ahead at flank speed?", they're thinking, "Why does he have to keep holding us back, like an anchor left overboard, slowing down the ship?"
All-in-all, it's a frustrating experience for all concerned, and the photographer doesn't get many decent pictures while hurriedly taking them anyway, so I tell myself it would be best to just leave the camera in the bag. But... when you go to some new place, how can you not take some pictures? It just seems wrong not to. And so, once again, the photographer realizes that friends and good photos generally do not mix - not at the same time in any case!
Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon