Let’s imagine the levers you have in street photography.
- Consent : from “not telling anyone” you’re taking pictures to “asking politely to everybody you aim”.
- Speed : from “triggering one pic a second” to “carefully wait for a magic moment”.
- Movement : from “sitting on a corner with a zoom” to “taking pictures from a moving car”.
- Frame : from “by guesswork” or “single-handedly” to meticulousness.
I admit it’s not my cup of tea, but I played this exercise a few times. From a moving car, in summer, I took something like 200 pictures in twenty minutes. It had something with speed-aiming, improvisation, decisions, random, joy, openness, frustration…
Then watch them all on my computer, hoping I’d find a couple of good ones, then finding a few average ones, accepting bad framings, blurries, dark lights. I chose these.
If I have a mood, I’m happy. Hoping you’ll find one you like…
Thanks for reading!
Salgado says somewhere that a portrait is something one “offers” to the photographer (I should find the quote, but I don’t remember where I found it).
As I was walking back home the other day, I wanted to play the Street Photographer, but I didn’t want to ask.
So : I zoomed too much, and I underexposed, and I clicked maybe 200 pictures. Most of them, in consequence, were good for trash.
When I did it it was exciting. When I watch it I feel the slight nausea of those who “try things”, like when you take a guitar for the first time…
- Most people notice when you steal their portrait – and I dislike to do this (I have empathy).
- I’m not Alex Webb (who is a genius in this field).
- I prefer to take portraits of toys, dolls and funny things on flea markets (last picture).
- I should buy a big zoom camera…
- …or ask people first.
Have a nice day !