According to the London Street Photography Festival, “Street photography captures people and places within the public domain….un-posed, un-staged photography which captures, explores or questions contemporary society and the relationships between individuals and their surroundings.” Rest of the definitions I found on the web tend to agree with the previous description.
So what about eye contact, when the subject being photographed makes eye contact with the photographer, is it still consider street photography, considering the subject is directly interacting with the photographer. I am not talking about staged portraits on the street, i am talking about that precise moment in which you are about to fire and everything seems to freeze, everything that is occurring on your field of view, nobody notices you except only that one person who directly stares at your camera. Some photographers consider this not to be in a purist sense SP. To me it continues to be, and honestly I tend to search for this moment, I love the magic of the subject looking directly at the camera and the rest of what is being frame ignoring you completely, as the photographer and the subject looking at the camera transcend over the rest of the scene.
Some examples of this magical moment. As always comments and critics highly welcome….