I think I mentioned quite a few times already that I'm a big fan of street photography. However, being a fan of something does not automatically mean that you will be good at it, or that you ever will be as good in it as your idols or even come close.
For street photography, there are at least two very big hurdles to overcome. First of all of course, it's about basic photography skills. Seeing, framing and exposing scenes of interest so they will also be of interest to others is a skill in itself which is hard to master and takes a lot (and then even some more) of practice.
The second thing, which is probably a different experience for different people: the comfort (or discomfort) when taking pictures of random strangers, and possibly being noticed by them while doing so. I'm neither of the shyest type of persons nor do I usually have problems interacting with people. But one of the things I learned about myself is that I try to avoid conflict, and photographing strangers bears quite some potential for conflict. So, performing street photography for me is not only about learning photography skills in itself, but also some kind of personal treatment in overcoming my fears and stepping out of my comfort zone.
Now, it's always good to start small and to progress in rather small steps, too. So I started to take pictures of people who are actually looking at things and are less likely to notice me.
And this is also how I call this series. Looking at Things. Episode 1: Smartphones. Of course, I'm always open to discussion, suggestions and criticism.