Ibarionex Perello’s The Candid Frame podcast is one of a few podcasts that is actually worth listening to.
Street photography is as easy as it is hard to practice compared to other genres of photography. It’s easier because you can shoot anywhere any time. It’s harder, in part, because it takes more guts to shoot people in public, especially given the current socio-political climate right now. If people aren’t suspicious of people making photos in public then they think that it’s just plain weird.
One night I was crossing the road to the train station when some random guy engaged me about my photography, this is how it went
Your first 10000 photographs are your worst.
– Henri Cartier-Bresson
What I love about street photography
I love street photography because:
Street photography is challenging. Out on the street it is chaos, you have little to no control over the situation and how things happen. You can’t make things happen the way you want them to happen. You have to try and make order out of the chaos with light, time, and your camera as the only tools. In street photography you have to be able to anticipate things that will happen then be fast enough to capture the image. In product, studio, fashion, and other types of photography you have a lot more control and tools to give you control over the situation than you do in street photography. In some ways other genres of photography is a lot easier than street photography. It is the challenge of street photography that I enjoy.
“Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.”
– Diane Arbus
DigitalRev’s Kai Man Wong is back with another Pro Photographer, Cheap Camera Challenge this time with with Alex Ogle. Proving once again it’s not all about the gear.
“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
– Ansel Adams
“Desiderata” (Latin for “desired things”) is a prose poem by American writer Max Ehrmann written in 1927. Over the years the poem has become quite popular and there has been a number of different renditions. My favourite is Leonard Nimoys reciting of the poem titled “Spock Thoughts” from his 1968 album, Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy. Have a listen:
Desiderata is a timeless and classic poem, it’s just as relevant today as it was the day it was written. It’s a wonderful philosophy for life and photography.
This is what I have learned about photography from Desiderata.
“Do or do not, there is no try”