FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS WHO are less comfortable navigating the potential awkwardness of approaching strangers for photographs, festivals, fairs, and other cultural events can be a great first step. Events offer countless photographic opportunities in a setting where locals accept and expect to see tourists with cameras. Though I’ve lived in cities my whole life, I rarely feel comfortable doing street photography in the United States. Even though my rights as a photographer are well protected, I often feel weird photographing strangers on the street, which is why I love parades and festivals so much.

Last year, I was ...

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