The Squirrel King


Meet Ricky Powell; self-styled “Lazy Hustler”, street photographer and West Village legend.

I first discovered Ricky Powell through the awesome “Everybody Street” film which illuminates the lives and work of New York’s iconic street photographers and fell in love with his style. So I was stoked when I came across The Squirrel King.

This film (Directed by Dimitri Ellerington) was a Finalist of Tropfest Australia 22 2013 and it’s not hard to see why. You can’t help but like the squirrel king.


Street photography documentaries

Before I was a photographer I don’t notice how many other people also had a camera. When I got a camera and became a photographer I realised just how many people have cameras too. Welcome to the “frequency illusion,” or the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon, the term for the phenomenon where by once you notice something you start noticing it more frequently. I experienced the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon again after I watched Everybody Street, since then I have discovered a bunch of other street photography documentaries. The below documentaries are the best documentary films that I have discovered about street photography and street photographers. I’d recommend watching them all.


What I love about street photography

What I love about street photography

Untitled - 20-10-2013 - By James "Jingles" Ingles

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.