I Street Therefore I Am - 02Street Photography isn't about Humanity:I Street Therefore I Am - 02 by *MARX77
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Street Photography is about observing and documenting humanity as it happens around us - like holding up a mirror to society... aargh!
The "mirror to society" expression has been used so many times that it's really starting to get annoying.
While Street photography is indeed a "mirror to society" (there it is again), the photos also serve as a portal into the mind of the
person responsible for capturing them - the mind of a Street Photographer.
Basically we are baring our souls to the viewer through our photographs. All you have to do is look beyond the juxtapositions,
posters, silhouettes, upside down shots, etc. and in time you will begin to see and understand why we are all so c... c... creepy.
Street Photography isn't just about humanity, it's also about spirituality; becoming one with the maker - in our case:
Canon, Nikon, Leica, Olympus, Fujifilm, Ricoh, Sony...
I Street Therefore I Am - 01"Defining Street Photography" what the heck does it even mean?!I Street Therefore I Am - 01 by *MARX77
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Street Photography is about documenting 'reality' as it happens around us: On the street, in a pub, at the beach, malls...
Funny that this particular style of photography was popularized - or dare I say, 'conceived' by people who themselves
had a rather 'surrealist' outlook towards life - which kind of explains the irrational juxtapositions between the subject
and the environment often evidenced in modern Street Photography.
A Vidya Dāna Of Influence:
Or, 'How Surrealism and Street Photography Bounce Off Each Other.' A Sharing of knowledge:
Eugène Atget (February 12, 1857 – August 4, 1927). His photographs inspired many artists - surrealists especially.
Henri Cartier-Bresson (August 22, 1908 – August 3, 2004) , fondly referred to as HCB and widely considered as
The Streettog: An Unexpected Journey“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” (J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, )The Streettog: An Unexpected Journey by ^myraincheck
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Taking a successful street photo, a photo that is able to strike, surprise, trigger an emotional response is not easy. You have to be looking, without really knowing for what.
You have to be looking for the unexpected.
You have to be alert, focused, intuitive, to foresee what could be a potential good street photo.
"Street Photography may be the single most difficult photographic genre. It is a fierce challenge: to condense from the chaos of reality something visually valid and psychologically revealing about both the subject, the viewer and perhaps the photographer into a rectangle in a fraction of a second. The editing process can be downright heartbreaking: so many frames, so few photographs". (Richard Bram)
"When shooting, I don't know precisely what I'm looking f