I began analog photography very shortly after I took interest in photography as a hobby. It was a really beneficial way to learn the fundamentals, and depend on my knowledge rather than the “digital safety net.”
“Since typical street shooters need to capture fast-changing moments, the faster the film the better.”
In his series The Birds, Bois uses his poetic eye to isolate the birds and photograph them in such a way which emits a powerful mood.
One of the myths around Street Photography is that it is an art-form you get into with no expectation of earning money or getting recognition. Though it may be easy to write it off as gospel, the truth is that recognition/generating sales in Street Photography is all about how you market yourself. In today’s uber-connected world there’s no shortage of places you can post your work – Instagram, Behance, or a personal website are all great places to start but if you want to get your work noticed by galleries then you’re going to need a printed portfolio of your work to really stand out.
“So just leaving my house I am instantly inspired by the people I see…”
“We are creatures of emotion, and therefore, black and white is the most appropriate to express our feelings…”
“Black and White images can be strongest and more powerful than in color, black and white captures better the emotion…”
“…the crossroad looks like a chess board. The people and elements, chess pieces on top.”
Black and white photography creates an emotional connection between the viewer and the subject.
“During creation you’re floating through all those different moods and thoughts and ideas and memories and feelings, that are swirling in you.”
“…I prefer the emotions that a photo is able to convey rather than a technically perfect picture without pathos.”
“…that’s the most beautiful thing in photography that always make everything new.”
In the tradition of the great street photographers of earlier decades, there are people all around the globe adding to the visual record of person, culture, place, and architecture and sharing it with their fellow photographers and humans.
Every photographer has this own unique style of shooting; but you’ll need to figure out just what kind you are in order to help yourself advance as an artist.
“…I want to combine Mary Ellen Mark’s gentleness with Albert Watson’s intensity.”
For Better Street Photography, Forget Everything You Learned About Composition
“These days, there are a lot of people carrying cameras around all the time. But not everyone is a photographer, and here’s why…”
In his early attempts to create his images Rothwell says that he would stay for some time shooting images, but that after a few interactions with security and the police he decided that it was best to just shoot a few images and then move on to avoid drawing any unwanted attention.
“If you can smell the street by looking at the photo, it’s a street photograph.”
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