I’ve a habit of buying books on hobbies (crochet; Spanish; Tai Chi etc.) perhaps in the vague hope that the reading material will convert to skill through some kind of tactile absorption. So it was with some relief to read this in my latest acquisition: “The Street Photographer’s manual”:-
“A camera is a tool but a small library of photographic books contributes far more towards the goal of taking meaningful pictures” (David Gibson)
I can’t praise this volume enough since there is plenty of name dropping for inspiration as well as digestible chapters on the contextual aspects of taking street shots as opposed to technicalities e.g. busy; quiet; abstract. Moreover Gibson provides a number of interesting projects to follow through on with helpful hints and guidance.
Despite living in the city I shy away from taking photos in public not least because I am loathe to intrude on people – but since the street is my landscape I ought to make more use of it. I yearn for the photogenic wide open spaces but am confined to rub shoulders with a large population and although not beautiful, there is surely most interest in people and their activities.
I’ve put together some archive and recent shots to give myself some idea of what catches my eye. Split second timing can make or break and shot and here are some that did not make it!
Although not technically brilliant, am happier with the composition of these:
Street Photography Project for May: Once a month I’ve decided to pursue the street photography projects in Gibson’s book – first up is Order: “Practice on the flow of people coming towards you on a busy street or from a fixed point”
INTROSPECTIVE SERIES IS THINKING OUT LOUD AS I AIM TO IMPROVE AND LEARN MORE OF PHOTOGRAPHY. THE IMAGES ARE NOT ALWAYS FOR SHOW – FEEDBACK WELCOME.