Finding a niche – Street Photography

Chained Bike in pastel greenHow 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.

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Paul Simon was wrong

Woman Reading

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…)

Street Photography Favorites – 2013

Smoke BreakStreet Photography is a recent interest of mine. In spite of not having a lot of insight into where the appeal comes from, I’m drawn to it. Maybe the reasons for enjoying photographing people you don’t know in sometimes private moments is an area you shouldn’t analyze too deeply. Then again, that’s not the way the human mind works, at some level you have to at least try to figure it out. (more…)