Often in street photography the captured moment is very abstract, as the photographer may not know what the “actual” situation is. The capture is purely visual frozen moment. Take this photograph for example of three people having conversation in the middle of the street. The focal point seems to be the man’s reaction to some story presented by the woman on the right and her fist gesture in the air. This is further emphasized by observatory look the woman on the left gives the man. He seems to be tense, and it is not only expressed in his face but also by uneasy positioning of his hands.
Often when I see older people they are quiet almost subdued. The two gentlemen in the photograph were anything but quiet and subdued. They discussed something passionately as they were walking along George Street. When I saw fist in the air from one of them I knew this was the point for one of my street photographs. It just happened the “Energy Australia” sign was in the background, somehow adding strength to the air punch.