Theme: Street Photography
Our 52 week Photography Challenge takes us to the streets this week to explore the genre of street photography.
The rules are simple: Interpret the theme using digital photography on any device. Only minimal editing allowed.
What is 'Street Photography'?
Some define it as a specific genre or style, others prefer not to categorise, but essentially it is candid photography of daily life and often but not always including human interactions. A lot of photographers prefer to find their subjects in streets and public areas, hence the term 'street'.
The immediacy of the style means that there is often no time to prepare for the shot. Therefore technical aspects such as focus, composition etc are not a high priority- rather, off kilter composition, blur and grain often add to the sense of the fleeting moment.
The candid quality of street photography implies that the photographer needs to capture brief, fleeting moments. Since these moments are unscripted, the camera needs to be ready and not conspicuous. Once people realise they are being photographed, they tend to behave differently.
As the photographer needs to be 'invisible' in order to capture those fleeting moments, an ethical and legal dilemma is born.
Depending upon which country you are in, there are specific privacy laws that can prevent taking photographs of people without their permission. Some people have genuine reasons why they don't want to be photographed and that's fair enough. Having said that, once someone steps out into a public space, their right to privacy is tougher to defend. It all comes down to the intended purpose of the image...
Images of people taken without permission and used for commercial purposes- advertising, branding etc, is a definite NO NO! Photography for that purpose ALWAYS requires permission via a signed model release and usually payment.
However, if you are shooting for artistic purposes to explore the style and create images that represent the world as you see it, you are good to go! * please check the locals laws to be certain.
A word of caution, consider the appropriateness of your location and the type of people you want to capture. Concentrating your attention on the disabled or small children in their bathers would raise questions about your intentions. These subjects are best tackled with permission.
If people notice I have taken their photo and want to ask me questions, I am always happy to explain my reasons. If they are made uncomfortable I am happy to delete the shot- although this rarely happens.
This challenge is all about intuition. Ditch the technical stuff and capture the sense of those fleeting moments that happen all around us on a daily basis.
To help your audience get the most out of your images,
- Choose a busy place and wait for the moments to come.
- Try to be inconspicuous- easy with a smartphone, a little tougher with a (D)SLR.
- If people approach you, explain your reasons for taking the shot- show them- delete if they are uncomfortable
- Sensitive subjects such as children and the disabled should be approached with permission.
- Where possible do not direct attention to faces or obscure them if country laws are restrictive.
How will you make the every day moments special?
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