How do we go about finding a niche in street photography? What is street photography in the first place? Is there a universal definition, or do we have to find our own way?
I’m not a big fan of the term ‘street photography.’ It’s a vague, nebulous term that means different things to different people. So any means we use to define the term will of necessity have indistinct boundaries.(more…)
I thought I would talk about a difficult shot today. This fish fountain is behind St. Peter’s Catholic church and alongside an urban pocket park called “The Green” in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina. There are some tall structures nearby to cast shadows, but it’s near the western edge of the downtown area so the sunsets are not obscured by a lot of high rise buildings. (more…)
The subject of this image is a local landmark in the North Davidson historic district. NoDa Storage (for North Davidson) is one of a very few examples of Art Deco architecture in the greater Charlotte North Carolina area. It’s a cool piece of work though, very well maintained. The problem is that it’s a total bitch to photograph.
This was the week of the Arctic Vortex. Where I was in North Carolina the temperatures didn’t get down to South Pole levels, but it was still a royal pain to deal with. After a day and a half of staying inside I had a case of cabin fever. My solution was Zacks Hamburgers. (more…)
One of my favorite Paul Simon quotes was “everything looks worse in black and white.” While I’ve never been a believer in making monochrome images for their own sake, sometimes an image has some indefinable quality in black and white that makes it the better choice. Making monochrome images does not automatically infuse a photograph with any magical qualities, and they are certainly don’t become “artistic” just by removing color. Each image is unique, you have to do what’s best for that single image. (more…)