The concept of street photography has intrigued me… but it hasn’t been something that I’d really explored before – or really understood…
Some enlightening street photography info coming up [so keep reading for some of the cool photography nuggets I picked up during the session]… or scroll through for some of the [less pretty more arty] pictures I took whilst on my walk!
What is street photography?
What have the “fore-fathers” of street photography said about it?
“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organisation of forms which give that event its proper expression.”
“the difference between a good picture and a mediocre picture, is a question of millimetres.”
“If you can smell the street by looking at the photograph, its a street photograph”
Thoughts on Contemporary Street photography…
- Whilst Street photography is still predominantly black and white… the concept of colour is now incorporated.
- Whilst people make use of their large DSLR’s for street photography, the smaller camera’s and phone camera’s help you capture someone unaware.
- Whether you use Cartier’s inconspicuous approach, or Brenin’s in your face approach… there are many ways of capturing life around you.
- There are usually 2 or 3 elements / focus areas in a street photograph… Whether it’s the patterns on a building, or how the people are interacting with the space.
Some of the main aspects I wanted to focus on:
- Playing with a different lens (a 35mm vs my usual 50mm) – and different camera (the Fujifilm x-m1) I knew that I was going to be working out of my comfort zone – and really think about the photo I was capturing (vs capturing what I’m instinctively drawn to)… YAY for exploring the edge a little
- working the different vantage points – thinking about the lines & shapes I was capturing – because the mm difference is critical
- Thinking about the broader main subject, as well as the other elements that make up my image (macro and micro composition)
- Working more with the shapes and the human element – and capturing both.
- … and trying to capture that event – even though I was working with a camera I didn’t know!
Want to see more pics – take a look at the gallery above 😉
What about you?
Have you tried street photography yet? Why not share links to the work you’re doing in that space!