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08/26/2019 05:08:21 PM · #1
why street photography is facing a moment of truth

a couple of quotes from the article ..
Today, photography – and street photography in particular – is a contested sphere in which all our collective anxieties converge: terrorism, paedophilia, intrusion, surveillance. We insist on the right to privacy and, simultaneously, snap anything and everyone we see and everything we do – in public and in private – on mobile phones and digital cameras ..

To be a street photographer today, you need, as Martin Parr recently put it, "obsession, dedication and balls".


enjoy xx

08/26/2019 05:24:40 PM · #2
It's always been that way. I recall back in the 60s shooting street photos in center city Phila.. got some strange looks and one woman in the Italian Market shook a dead chicken at me. I didn't stick around to see what she was planning to do next.

Good article, Roz!
08/26/2019 05:39:38 PM · #3
Originally posted by digifotojo:

It's always been that way. I recall back in the 60s shooting street photos in center city Phila.. got some strange looks and one woman in the Italian Market shook a dead chicken at me. I didn't stick around to see what she was planning to do next.

Good article, Roz!


Jo.. I really admire street photographers .. and it's like they lose themselves in those moments ..
it's something I would love to do but find quite daunting ..
that's crazy about the dead chicken .. !! ..

08/26/2019 06:25:03 PM · #4
I think the trick is to shoot from the hip. That way ppl don't know you're taking their pic and it's probably best to use a cell phone. So much easier these days!

Message edited by author 2019-08-26 18:25:19.
08/26/2019 06:29:18 PM · #5
Originally posted by digifotojo:

I think the trick is to shoot from the hip. That way ppl don't know you're taking their pic and it's probably best to use a cell phone. So much easier these days!

I don't do it much, but with my camera's rotating screen I can hold the camera at waist level and look down to frame the image. But I also shoot from the hip (or other positions) without using either the screen or viewfinder ...
08/26/2019 06:33:04 PM · #6
If you're clever you can shoot with a camera so that ppl don't know your taking pics. I've done that and it works but unless you have a rotating screen it's catch-as-catch-can.
08/26/2019 06:40:22 PM · #7
You need to be able to overlook "technical issues" and see if the image conveys the spirit of the situation ... of course I try to apply that to (virtually) all photos ...

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08/26/2019 07:09:28 PM · #8
Originally posted by digifotojo:

If you're clever you can shoot with a camera so that ppl don't know your taking pics. I've done that and it works but unless you have a rotating screen it's catch-as-catch-can.


I've tried all that .. shooting from the hip etc etc .. and now I've got a rotating lcd screen with the Olympus mirrorless .. but when I go out in public and want to shoot on the street I lose my nerve..
I suppose I've just got to get over myself and do it ..
face your fears they say .. ;)
08/26/2019 08:15:56 PM · #9
It's like shooting videos for YouTube..if you're not comfortable in front of the camera it can be very difficult. With street photography you have to get over the feeling that everyone's watching you and just start shooting. If you're in a town area it's often best to locate yourself somewhere out of the way like by a building or in an alcove and stay there. You should be able to get a lot of interesting shots from that vantage point. Most of what we did was in New Hope which is a tourist attraction so there were a lot of ppl walking around. You can also look for unusual things in alleyways or behind stores like mannequins and who-knows-what.
08/26/2019 08:40:04 PM · #10
I've been enjoying the Onewheel for this.

You're in and out so fast they never even notice most of the time.. and the board 100% distracts from the camera, assuming they do notice....
08/26/2019 08:40:54 PM · #11
Also, a fast 400mm lens doesn't hurt at all. LOL
08/26/2019 11:19:59 PM · #12
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this is hip, mobile app and a 400mm :)

Message edited by author 2019-08-26 23:23:57.
08/27/2019 01:51:59 AM · #13
Really need to update my portfolio here, but I wouldn't hide or anything. Taking someone's photo point blank never bothered me.

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In eight years I've had four or five confrontations. They rarely happen.
08/27/2019 02:04:07 AM · #14
Originally posted by digifotojo:

I think the trick is to shoot from the hip. That way ppl don't know you're taking their pic and it's probably best to use a cell phone. So much easier these days!


And we should definitely have another “shoot from the hip” challenge that was fun.... street photography gives me a real buzz.. . I love it!
08/27/2019 01:24:25 PM · #15
Using a wider angle lens helps, a 10-20mm will work.
08/27/2019 09:43:33 PM · #16
Originally posted by Cory:

I've been enjoying the Onewheel for this.

That sounds like fun. Me on a Onewheel carrying expensive camera equipment. What could possibly go wrong?
08/27/2019 09:50:40 PM · #17
Originally posted by markwiley:

Originally posted by Cory:

I've been enjoying the Onewheel for this.

That sounds like fun. Me on a Onewheel carrying expensive camera equipment. What could possibly go wrong?

That's one reason I also have an old P&S I got secondhand for $5 ...
08/27/2019 10:17:38 PM · #18
A Blk/Wht Street Photography Challenge would be great.. get us all out there and DO IT!
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