...is a great way to make a boring 'me too' image. At a recent street performance event in Montreal I was struck over and over again by the hundreds of people with quite capable camera equipment focused entirely on the obvious. That is, on photographing the performances directly in front of them. In principle there isn't really anything wrong with this. They'll have a perfectly nice photo that captures the memory of the moment.
However, from the point of view of making a photograph, this is mostly a recipe for creating the same image as everyone else. More so, it really isn't the artistic expression of the photographer but rather that of those being photographed. Wandering though the crowds I found myself pretty bored, photographically speaking, until I turned my camera away from the performers and focused on the wider scene, looking for little moments in the crowd which better captured the true feeling of the event. There, with luck, patience, and anticipation some true opportunities emerged.
In essence by turning away from the obvious I found the real story.