What comfort levels can you push for growth? What is your comfort zone? Is it better to stay in your comfort zone or do you grow outside the comfort zone?
There are many different sub categories to street photography. My favorites are unobtrusive street photography and the street portrait. Unobtrusive street photography is also known as candid street photography and has overlap with photojournalism and documentary photography. It is in this realm my inner storyteller comes out. The art in this is choosing your subjects and anticipating the moment, For me this heightens my senses, forces me to be present. Robert Doisneau and
Will he win the prize? Carnival arcade in Summer, the carny barker lets the little boy get a higher vantage point! The family watches with anticipation as he focuses and winds up for the overhand throw.
Moments like this are classic Americana. Since the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, the modern traveling carnival experience has had moments, and photographs, similar to this. It is because of the Chicago connection that I love shooting carnivals. One of the stars in the Chicago Flag reflected in my company logo is dedicated to the 1893 World’s Fair.
It is not only a timeless moment for any street photographer to take part in, but it is a moment that requires being aware and having your
What do you have to do to get to the moment? Will you go with the crowd or find another way?
On Labor Day at was at a festival in Naperville, Illinois. It is a suburb of chicago. I am in the arcade game area which had a narrow passage. Ahead of me I saw a man with a great hat on. I could not get a good angle on him from where I was and he was working his way through the crowd. I had to get ahead of him if I wanted the shot.
My only path was around and not through. I had to leave the main path and get up into a grass hill between the main path and local buildings. I trotted my way up and around to get to where he would be coming through the crowd.
He saw me coming around and he knew my intentions. What I did not know is he was with his kids and wanted the
“Just be you!” I said.
I was walking along Adams Street in downtown Chicago with my Press credentials dangling from my neck on my way to shoot some B roll for an assignment.
I saw these two casually leaning against a wall pretty much as you see them now. When I am out specifically to shoot street I usually have either a small digital compact or film compact. You can be discreet and shoot street all day. The set up I had with me, there was no being discreet. But I wanted to create a moment here.
I walked up to them and said, “You two exude cool, may I take a few photos?” The man said, “Hi Press,” (referring to my Press Badge), “what do you want?”
“Just go back to doing what you were doing. Be you.”
He continued smoking his blunt and she enjo
There are many expressions of street photography. I mainly practice two forms. The street portrait and the candid moment. The candid moment contains controversy. Some feel it is voyeuristic. For me, the candid form of street photography is a practice in art, journalism, anthropology, sociology, and psychology. This is a candid moment and one that contains tension.