From T. Cole Rachel’s interview with Amy Touchette for The Creative Independent:
[TCR]: You have an intimate style of street photography. How do you usually work? Do your subjects always know you’re photographing them?
[AT]: Not always. I often just wait for them to look at me, or look my way. I call those images candid photographs, but that might not be the best word. They’re just unposed. 99% of the time I don’t actually talk to any of the people in the photos. I’m just taking them with my iPhone.
Sometimes, when I do need to have a discussion, they’re pretty difficult. Usually people are just like, “Is she taking a photo of me? Is she taking a selfie? Is she looking at a map?” They don’t really know what I’m doing. I still have a really small phone. Some people don’t give a shit, but sometimes the conversations are hard because you have to justify taking a picture without asking someone’s permission.
That’s always hard, but I also find those conversations so interesting. I mean, my heart usually drops to my feet, but they’re fascinating and I learn so much. That is really why I want to photograph on the street, because it keeps me engaged and on the level with humanity. You’re out there with a random selection of people, which is how I like it. The photograph is just a pathway to that experience. It’s secondary, actually. But sometimes my heart just breaks, especially during these interactions when people get pissed at me for taking their photo. It doesn’t happen very often, but it happened the other week and it just sucked.