THE HAT MAN
Thank you for your kind comment...........Yes! Street Photography, especially portraiture does take a little courage, but the key is to be approachable yourself, not pushy or gushing.......a smile and a relatively small camera helps, I use a M4/3 rds now.
I have lived all my life in a relatively small town, I wear a camera wherever I go, so have become known to some as .....The a Man With a Camera.........that doesn't mean that I know most of my subjects, but, they may have noticed me so are relatively relaxed when asked.
I do go to Stratford-Upon-Avon regularly, it is an obvious tourist area, so almost every none local has a camera of some kind, and again a relaxed holiday atmosphere, this helps too.
My specially worded card helps too, it describes in full, my ongoing Street Portrait Project and states very clearly that portraits wil be used online, in possible competitions and in a future publication.
It has all my contact details, and an invitation to email for free online copies, or to request a Print if in my home town.
Thank you too to the other contributors to this thread.