Street photography around the world.
The photos are ordered chronologically – from the first 2004 attempts up to the newest from 2013. Quite a few taken while out shooting with my travel and street photography workshop participants.
What is street photography?
Most people say that street photography features people photographed on the street in unposed situations. For me this definition is simply too broad as it includes portraiture, reportage and peopled cityscape, which might have nothing to do with the genre. For me this broad definition can be narrowed easily to define proper street photography by adding just one word – “a twist”. A little twist – something clever, funny, unexpected, surprising or ambiguous. Something making you scratch your head, something putting a smile on your face… And the photo does not have to be taken on the street – it can be shot indoors, on the beach or in the forest. What matters is that little “twist”.
What are the key elements of a good photograph? In my opinion it is the content, composition and light.
The content is most important. Sometimes a poorly composed and lit photograph still can be good, what matters is the message it conveys.
The composition is the way elements are placed in the frame, how relate to each other. It greatly depends on the distance from the subject – usually the closer you get the more dynamic perspectives you can achieve that can make your compositions more interesting. So it is all about where is the camera camera and when is the shutter pressed.
The light is what illuminates the scene. It can be natural, coming from the Sun directly (giving us shadows) or through the clouds; or artificial, coming from a bulb in the ceiling or from a flashgun on top of the camera. When these three elements come together nicely in one frame you most probably have a great photo.
Here are some of my favourite quotes about street photography:
“The difference between a good picture and a mediocre picture is a question of millimeters — small, small differences — but it’s essential. I didn’t think there is such a big difference between photographers. Very little difference. But it is that little difference that counts, maybe.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
“Street-photography is kind of an endless pursuit of a perfect moment, that you can’t really imagine in your head, but when you see it somehow you realize: that’s it. You develop a sort of hyper alertness and you try and fit into the flow and into the energy of the street.” – Nina Berman