Is It Still Street Photography if You Shoot in a Bar?

For the Charger's second round playoff game, I headed out to popular a sports bar in San Diego to photograph the action. Not the football action, but the actions and reactions of all the fans there to take in the game. Given that it was the Chargers playing, I figured there'd be plenty of agony-of-defeat photos though I was hoping there would be more than a few thrill-of-victory moments in there too.


Whenever I'm shooting in a bar, I'm always a little worried about the drunk guy who's looking to start a fight. He's the guy who reacts to the camera much like a bull to a matador's red flag. This time out it wasn't a guy. Instead, this rather butch looking, heavy set girl proved more interested in picking a fight with guys than picking them up. She even tried to take on a guy who was a foot taller and way more butch than she. If it had been a guy in his face, he probably would have punched him. Because it was a girl, he kept his cool and moved on. No matter how butch a girl is, there's nothing to be gained for a guy to take on a girl. 

Still, I stayed away from her. Nothing to be gained from me getting beat up by a girl either.


Oh yeah… the Charger's lost.