Big questions of street photography. Taking photos of people.

It’s amazing how diverse a thing can be. I mean, I can just have a look at my feed of favourites here and see street photography of all types and sorts.

And looking at those pictures I found myself going over some “opposing” points in the genre, and how I figured them out for myself in the beginning.

Like the approach to taking photos of people in the streets.

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I know many photographers prefer just to come up close and snap a portrait. I’ve seen some of them doing it in a rather aggressive way, to my liking. Like this:

There’s another way, which I followed, to be an unnoticed observer. This technique allows you to catch a more natural moment and not to destroy a story that might be unfolding. Also, it helps to avoid conflicts, of course, though some would definitely call this approach cowardly.

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Since I’ve got so many various street photographers following my blog, I’ve decided to ask you a question.

What is your approach to photographing people in the streets? Do you ask for permission or prefer to be unnoticed?

 

Looking for a source of inspiration

This post is about inspiration.

When I just started my way into street photography, I didn’t figure out what exactly I want to shoot right from the beginning. As I had never done this before, I was confused, but I realised that this genre is what I enjoy the most.

So, I needed some guidance to help me understand what is street photography. This is when I found this website, iN-PUBLiC.com. It calls itself a home for street photographers and rightly so. Though not boasting the likes of Cartier-Bresson or Winogrand among their authors, the site’s portfolio features some acclaimed street photographers of modern times, like Matt Stuart, David Gibson or Gus Powell.

I have to say that discovery of this resource shaped my view of street photography and gave the direction to follow. If you haven’t heard of this website before, please visit it and you won’t regret.

 

Now, when I’m living far from the maddening crowd of the city, I’m struggling with my new demon: what do I shoot here? As I’ve said before I continue using film cameras, but without this street atmosphere, I find it hard to see anything worth shooting with them. The rhythm of life here is so different that I didn’t make a single photo after an hour of walking around the nearest town. So, again, what I needed was an inspiration.

 

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A photo posted by Scott (@tsbehr) on Jun 20, 2016 at 3:04pm PDT

 

Fortunately, I’ve come across this  Instagram account of a person who lives in a place very similar to mine, and he uses film cameras to picture the life around. I’m not into landscape photography, which would seem only logical when you live in a secluded area, but as it turns out shot with expired film nature photos can look at least interesting. And of course those sunny lit bits of rural life, constructions and seemingly deserted places touch some strings in my soul, and I feel this new kind of street photography might be the way to go.

We’ll see.

It’s been a while…

2 years! It’s been 2 years since I have posted here anything. Wow. Time flies, like really.

Anyway, it’s good to be back and enjoy all those beauties from my favourite bloggers. As for myself, I come with a couple of changes on my photo front.

First and foremost, I’m shooting film again. I’ve finally managed to get some of my cameras to my new place and the stuff for developing and scanning. Developing film on my own is a new thing for me, and I’m excited and afraid at the same time, but this is the only way to go on shooting film where I live. If everything goes well, I’ll post some black&white pictures here for sure.

Second, I’ve decided to dedicate more space here to mobile photography. Partially because I’m interested in it and there are smartphones shooting RAW already, and another reason would be a number of photos I have on my phone that I’d love to share;-) They are not all street photography, though, but anyway.

Oh, and I will still post some of my old film photos with background anecdotes like before.

So stay tuned for new pictures, stories and other photo related stuff.

Cheers