For this mid-week special I thought I'd share with you some of my 'Street Photography'.
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Street Photography is a widely recognised style of shooting that, in its essence, aims to capture instances of the inexhaustive variety of human behaviour portrayed by people publicly in their everyday lives. In turn, it reaches out to the very audience which is at the heart of its subject matter, in a perpetuity of self-fascination.
There are no strict rules about how to shoot or what subject matter to capture in Street Photography, though there are those who have established criteria for what an image of such style should comprise; for example, in its purist form the image must be rendered in black & white tones only, & must not be altered beyond its basic exposure within the camera. That means no cross processing, no tonal correction, no cropping, & no digital manipulation.
An emphasis for getting up-close to the subject is also an important factor, especially considering that the most impactful images are most often ones that capture people during intense emotional situations, expressing anger, sadness, joy, etc, or images that provide a strong narrative, or a set of complex interactions.
Into these situations the photographer can easily be drawn if their behaviour is not discreet enough. For this reason many photographers prefer to snipe, using long range zoom lenses which put distance between themselves & their subjects. Whereas another breed of shooter enjoys the challenge of stealth, feeling the heat, getting the shot & getting out unnoticed, their preference being for wide angled prime lenses. And, inevitably, there are the charmers who seem to be able to ingratiate the streets with a humanly appeal that enchants their subjects into willing submission (though set poses in Street Photography are often frowned upon). Street Photography also overlaps other photographic territories, such as documentary, portraiture & landscape (or city-scape).
I consider myself relatively new to Street photography & have much to learn. The selection of images presented below is quite eclectic, but probably portrays aspects of city living rather than individual situations or events, though over time I intend to get more intimate with street subjects. You can follow my progress in this blog as I release new batches of street images hopefully at regular intervals, as I freshly procure them from the world at large.
Also, below the slideshow I have included a list of links to further reading & viewing, including some of my favourite Street Photographers.
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