Another of my passions is street photography. This term has come to mean many things to many people over time. What it means to me is candid photography taken on the streets; be they city, small town, or even out in the country. It is that simple, yet often times it is not simple at all.
While I do take photographs of “scenes” on the street, I really prefer to capture the person, the moment, the subject. This brings me into the realm known as street portraits. they can be candid captures, or the known moment posed by the person. But I prefer to get my shots before they are expecting them, or realize what I am doing. It captures the true self that is them, and the true moment in time.
But I also consider objects as part of street photography as well. I will often take a picture of the ordinary, but that is far too often ignored. You will see this in my shared photographs. And I hope that each person will feel why I took the shot, or get its purpose.
You will also notice that some of my photographs are black and white, and some are in color. I have been asked how you determine which it will be. The answer for me is that the picture will dictate. Sometimes color actually detracts from what is being presented, and other times it is needed. And when I process the image I normally try it both ways. One will usually speak to me more than the other. But not always. Sometimes I process it both ways and then depending on my application or mood, I will use one or the other.
Another thing I have been asked is what I think about adding grain/noise to images. This will give them the look of an old school film street photography shot. But in truth, I don’t care for it. I say let the picture speak for itself, and be “gritty” if it IS gritty. You don’t need to introduce false lack of quality to prove your ability to take good street photography.
I will also point out that the reason old school shots look that way is that was the best they could do. Trust me, no photographer went out with less then the best camera and film they could, for the purpose of getting grainy shots. The reason the shots were grainy is that the film they were using as well as the cameras, could not take crisp shots in the low lights they were shooting at. Thus, you get grainy shots. And I would wager that if those old school photographers could have used the cameras we have now, and their ability to capture clear, crisp, shots even in lower light conditions, they would have jumped at it with pure excitement.
So no, I don’t introduce grain/noise into my shots that were not there naturally. And I do my best to avoid it if possible, and take the best quality shots I can given all the factors I have to deal with at the time.
I have countless shots, so choosing which ones to post up was not easy. I just picked randomly; and will make more street photography pages, and street portrait pages as time goes on to share others. I hope folks enjoy these as well as future posts. And as always, if anyone has questions or comments, feel free to post them or send them to me directly.