Street Photography update 08/26/2022
Sit a spell, please. I need to get back to the street. Street photography is the only truth out there.
“At a time when fewer and fewer of the images we see are honest representations of real life, their [Street Photographers] work is more vital than ever.”
Sophie Howarth & Stephen McLaren, Street Photography Now
Incorporating action into a photograph imbues it with life. Capturing people mid-action can tell a complete story in a still image. One of the benefits of street photography is that there is a higher priority on content than technique. When you see action you feel is worth capturing, point and shoot to get the shot.
Zac’s question got me thinking, though, further to my post last year
Inanimate subjects without people in frame do not appear very often in my images. How I think about street photography continues to evolve, without ever feeling like I have it defined. So, is the image “street photography”?
Having checked out Jame’s outstanding portfolio here, I suspect that he would define it as needing human subjects, or at least the suggestion of the presence of human subjects.
Based on my previously mentioned article, I kinda agree with James – maybe it isn’t street photography? Maybe more urban landscape? Maybe I tagged it a bit mindlessly?
Featuring in, so close to the bench also moves it out of the realm of typical street photography – the bench has become more of an abstract subject rather than a street-scape perhaps?
Urban landscapes are something I am thinking about having a real crack at – I started by asking Santa for Stephen Shore’s book “Uncommon Places” to get me started.
I found some benches on the walkabout in Ringeos and else where, I didn’t sit on any, just liked the old cast iron look.
Interesting question, although who Zac is, is left a little unclear! I think street photography almost must be defined as having people otherwise it becomes a bit of a meaningless term as it would morph from images of things seen in a street – like a bench, to a corner of a building, to a full view of a skyscraper to a city skyline with no dividing line between them. And your work with people in images is great!