I love old San Juan Puerto Rico. The diverse cultural influences on the oldest city in the United States really makes this city a photographer’s paradise. Ever corner you turn, or small cobblestone street you go down provides you with tons of photo opportunities. I can’t wait to head back this summer if I can and hope to share a lot more photos.
One of the skills of street photography is noticing your surroundings. Being able to pay attention to what is going on and anticipating an action is vital. In order to capture this photo of one of the police officers in old San Juan, Puerto Rico I needed to be patient. The contrast and colors of the old buildings he was standing by was impressive, but his pose was not. I initially noticed him when I walked past on the opposite side of the street, from there it was just being observant of his actions. I noticed he would occasionally relax for a moment or two in this door way. I wanted to capture this officer not looking as intimidating as he did walking up and down the block. Who knows what he is going to have to use next, the umbrella or the pistol?