I’m not particularly fond of taking pictures of homeless and destitute people. When it comes to ethics in street photography this demographics is one of the most controversial topics. And one of the most popular to shoot as well. And as long as I don’t want to make any statement with my pictures I prefer not to opt for this quick-n-easy street scene. (Eric Kim has got a very good video about ethics in street photography)
But this photo is an exception. The building behind is the headquarters of one of the largest oil companies in Russia, so the opposition or contrast here is kinda obvious. Something along the line of poor-rich etc. When I saw this woman I thought “well, that’s just symbolic. Russia is one of the biggest oil countries in the world, and those companies earn billions of dollars, and almost every one of them belongs to the government at least partially. So how come there is no proper social care and help for these people?”
Another way of looking at this photo, considering the background, is that the woman begs the rich in that building for some money.
You can think of your own message as well, so I’m not going to go deep into the analysis. Just let me know what you think of this shot in the comments.
This was meant to be a post with a story behind the photo, but it suddenly turned out to be a post with a story about the photo.
I found it in the deepest corner of my instagram and decided to share here. This trivial task failed when I realized that I don’t have a copy of the photo on my phone, and instagram doesn’t allow sharing with other websites. I looked for it further and found the post-processed copy in my vsco online profile, but not in the app. Sharing from the profile is also impossible, so the only way out was to take the original and edit it once again.
After half an hour of scrolling down my Google photos backup back to December 2013 I’ve managed to find it and thus finally bring it here.
The lesson for everyone here is: keep copies of you favourite mobile photos on you phones or backed up, so you don’t have to go through the editing process again.
As for the picture itself, I particularly like the man sitting next to the girls wondering what they are watching.
This photo is special to me, though it’s far from perfect. Almost two years ago, when I only started taking pictures, I was very impressed by the works of some true street photographers, like Matt Stuart or David Gibson to name a few. All those cunning, funny or miraculously lucky moments captured by the photographers inspired me to take my camera and go outside.
One thing I got from the photos and their authors’ comments was that you should take a picture of everything you think might be interesting. Another thing was that it’s ok to take “ordinary pictures” and not care about composition or the angle sometimes. If it’s a great moment to shoot, shoot. A moment of hesitance and it’s gone.