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I was walking down the streets of Downtown Los Angeles doing some street shooting when I came across Broadway Street in Historic Downtown, I walked passed this familiar wall that I used for a street photo the week before, and I noticed immediately that something was missing. The wall was plain, somebody came and covered up the paintings and graffiti with black paint.

As I was looking at this newly painted wall I realized that I will never again have the same opportunity to try and catch another photo with that same art that was on the wall ever again. In my mind I was thinking, "Thank God that I took this photo last week while it was still there."

The point that I'm trying to make is this, if you see an interesting setting, don't wait till "next time" to take a photo, because there may just not be a "next time" ever again. Take the time, no matter how long it takes to get that shot that you want. With this picture in the article, I was standing in front of that wall for about 20min. waiting for that right person to come along, it was in the evening and it was getting pretty dark, but I chose to wait it out till I got the shot, and now a week later I'm glad that I did!

So next time that you're out shooting and you see something interesting take the time to shoot it, because you never know if it'll be there tomorrow, a week, or a year from now. In street photography it's all about the "now", capture the setting and the moment while you have it in front of you.

- Michael Ares.


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