Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Street photography

The definition of street photography is quite arguable among photographers. To me, a photo should be taken on the street & does not involve any arrangement of the photographer at the time of shooting to be considered in this category. Because of this nature, street photos are often taken with natural light... Nevertheless, you still can set up lighting on the street, wait for the scene to happen and take a shot (hmm, but be aware of people's reactions afterward :D). Also, there is a thin line between street and candid photography, but I guess the latter is more towards portraiture category. What do you think?

Aside from this discussion, here are some of my favorite shots recently

Left-out
(@Frankfurt - Germany)

Going home
(Heidelberg - Germany)


To end this topic, I would recommend you to read this interview of 'Memetic', one of my favorite photographer. I agree with many of his points, especially this

I : Photography is a pretext to…

Contemplation. I’ve found that, since putting a camera in my hand, I’ve noticed more of the world around me even when I’m not carrying a camera. It could be simply looking up at what’s above me or constructing stories out of the scenes I see on the street.

There is something else also. I think photography helps me learn more about myself. I think, as people, we spend our lives wrestling with our own mortality. Photography is, to me, much for the same reason we have children, giving birth to something that will live longer than ourselves. Every photo I take has a personal piece of me in it. I could even say I think of every photograph as a self-portrait in its own way. Photography freezes those moments forever, immortalising not just the subject, but the photographer also.


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