Street Photography

Props (Two Photographs)

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Without props what would we be, some more evident than others, truth be told most of us have more than one, they reassure.


On the Edge of a Curb

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Are the shoes waiting in anticipation? Is it a game, a work of art, a matter of abandonment or a statement about being barefooted?


Showpiece

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One way to make your garage stand out.


Incoherence

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Incoherence is an interesting phenomenon. There are four possible reactions: to walk away, to try and understand, to excuse it for what it is, or to get angry.


Imagination (Two Photographs)

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There are two words that trigger imagination if not investigation – why and what. Making people stop and think is one way of engaging an audience.


Faces

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Seeing a lot of faces lately, socially distanced of course.


Hail Fellow, Well Met

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Not a common sight.


Not Staged

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I am always cautious photographing people, more because I do not want to upset anyone. But this photo is a tableau, more than just about the human element.


Not Xmas

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Walking by a house where Christmas lingers along with some homemade summer bird houses struck me as unusual but I liked the way the bird houses looked.


What the Window Sees

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One technique I like is using window reflection to frame something that then becomes the subject; catching the eye or causing the viewer to think.


Ruins

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These are the ruins of an old bike shop. Abandoned places like this make for great photography.


Nothing Here

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I cannot think of a better way to say that there is nothing here.


Glass No.1

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In my street photography I have found glass to be a wonderful part of any subject.


Chinatown

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A bench with cut outs and some shadows. Simply interesting.


13

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One of the better ideas in street photography is to take things out of context. Or find things in odd contexts.


Discards

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Discards or a feature in the garden. Who knows, I was just walking by.


ODD No.2

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This is a recently refurbished building. The one thing they did not fix was the out of place pillar. However, it does add to the surreal nature of modern buildings.


Not a Real Rabbit

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I am fond of rabbits. I have come across them in the wild and they make for great photography. When I saw this effigy of a rabbit it made me smile.

 


Human Reflection

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I like working with reflections but it is rare to include people in my compositions. There is an exception to everything.


Fries with That?

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Photographing people in the street normally takes some courage, but when their backs are turned….


Where

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One of things I like best about street photography, like the photo above, is that the question does not arise as to where but what. The idea is that a photograph grabs the attention by making the observer think.


A Personal Point of View

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I keep reading about how a photographer should create his own style. Well, I doubt I will ever be a Newton, a Penn or a Halsman, however much there work inspires me. However, I’m quite happy to keep trying new things, new techniques, and having fun. I heard a Pro say he quit to be an amateur photographer. I am not one for titles but it is nice to be your own compass.


An Old Complaint (Two Photographs)

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It used to be that the phrases “time is money” and the “customer is always right” had meaning. We didn’t toss things out that worked for other things just because they were shiner and newer. Clients were not made to work harder for a not quite the same result. Help lines and complaints were listened to and not downplayed. But as corporations grew, seeing innovation as a mark of progress and their clientele grew into large numbers, only the corporation’s time mattered, only the corporation’s concerns mattered and those who had problems became whispers in the dark talking to help centres that could do nothing but parrot the corporate line.

At the end of 2021 unless WordPress keeps the old editor I will end this blog. I have better things to do than rail at a windmill.


The Alley (Two Photographs)

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Alleys have a special place in the urban environment. In many cities they provide great opportunities for photography and are such popular subjects that it is rare to be the only person in an alley with a camera.