Theme: Street Part 2.
We had so much fun exploring the genre of Street Photography earlier in the Challenge, we thought it deserves another look.
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 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.
Despite the ethical considerations, street style is loads of fun and very rewarding.
As the photographer needs to be 'invisible' in order to capture those fleeting moments, an ethical and legal dilemma is born.
Privacy laws vary in different countries but one thing is universal; If you do not have permission, you cannot profit from an image of a person. For more on this see Week 17
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.