Posts tagged “Street photography

Chinatown

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


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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.


Wall No.7

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Even fading walls can have character, and a bit of nature never hurts.


Wall No.6

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Like mailboxes, house numbers don’t need to be mundane. I liked the stencil approach and the how the rust only improved the original idea.


Wall No.5

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This the last wall mural I will shoot without taking greater care to save the name of the artist. However, I do think my composition does justice to a piece of the whole.


Wall No.4

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Walls sometime lend themselves to a minimalist approach and a clear concise message. Out of context it’s almost abstract art. A bit like Marcel Duchamp’s art.


Wall No.3

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I think this is a very clever element to add to an otherwise boring bit of brutal cement. In my treatment I have brought out the design a bit more than is visible on the average day.


Wall No.2

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Walls can be turned into art, and outdoor wall murals are increasingly popular. I would cite the artist’s name but I took this some time back and no longer have it. This is only a piece of the whole and in black and white I think it makes a different and interesting impression.


Walls

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When you look around you with an eye for photography, you notice things you might not otherwise notice. This week’s photographs are of walls. Walls are interesting as they age; they get changed, painted over and can become subjects of good photographs. In this case the renovation of the wall and shadows, etc. make for a minimalist canvass.


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.


Symmetry

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Architecture often has a strong symmetrical element, sometimes complicated by neighbouring buildings. This downtown courtyard catches my eye every time I pass, quiet in the midst of chaos.


ODD

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It was an odd piece of art on the edge of a building, so I took an odd approach with a dutch tilt.


Imagination-6

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Someone went and ruined the Monty Hall trick, made a fool of the shell game, in short what were they thinking?


Imagination-2

 

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I never liked the four walls of an office, and still have a hard time sitting for a long time. Seeing these office windows made me realize nothing has changed, I still feel the same way.


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 Sweep (Two Photographs)

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You don’t have to read a lot about photography before you hear about how leading lines lead the eye into your composition. Taking that one step further, the leading line can be the subject. Think of majestic staircases or vines like the photos here.


Local Art (Two Photographs)

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There has always been a rich array of public art where I live, these were taken pre-pandemic. Since the pandemic the growth has been exponential to the degree that many of the latest murals are reported in the local paper, giving due credit to the artists involved.


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.


What is a Fence Without a Vine? (Two Photographs)

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Fences have the connotation of someone wanting to protect something or hide from view. There is a slightly unfriendly air about them. But when people make attempts to paint them, grow vines etc. that hostility fades just enough to make a difference. I still feel a bit cheated by not knowing what is on the other side.