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No matter what anyone tells you, it’s not cool to walk the mean streets of New York City with a camera around your neck.
Knowing that, I’ve tried for subtlety. Camera discreetly tucked into a stylish handbag, replacing the DSLR with tiny point-and-shoots, or my personal favorite – camouflaging my intentions by dressing like a professional photographer. You know the kind. Wearing all black: from nondescript T-shirt to rundown sneakers; matching vest sporting dozens of bulging pockets in various sizes; multiple DSLRs, including at least one with a telephoto lens that could spot an antelope…on the moon.
And then I became a travel photographer, confident in my abilities, eager to get the shot no matter what the cost to my personal esteem. Behold the professional travel photographer in her natural habitat.