For me street photography has been a revelation; it has inspired me to connect with people on the streets and given me an opportunity to understand myself better.
“It is a branch of realistic fine-art photography that records unposed scenes in public places. The primary subject is people, at rest or in motion, alone or with others, going about the everyday activities of life. The emphasis is not on the subject’s personal identity, as in portraiture. And unlike photojournalism, there is no news here, rather, the commonplace.”
Alex Webb, a master of the form, defines street photography as follows:
“I don’t define street photography as simply photographs taken in the street. I see street photography more as a stance that a photographer has towards the world. For me, street photography comes out of an essential sense of curiosity on the part of the photographer. It involves above all exploration and discovery. A street photographer goes out into the world as much as possible with a blank mind, with as few preconceptions as possible. It is above all a journey of discovery.”
For me street photography has been a revelation; it has inspired me to connect with people on the streets and given me an opportunity to understand myself better. I have the blessing and luxury of connecting with people’s souls and touching their emotional selves. I can feel my subjects and every photograph that I take has become an experience for me. I am less aware of my camera settings; getting lost in the technical details is an obstacle to my creative process. My photographs are about how I live to document the street. Camera features are secondary tools that would only concern me if I were to become consciously aware of the camera settings.
I try to keep my pictures as organic and natural as possible without interrupting the subject. I don’t subscribe to the idea of invading people’s space and flashing a camera on their faces. Observing my subject from a moral distance and and keeping to it has given me a style that amalgamates different layers of meaning into a single photograph in order to tell a bigger story. I think photography is a simple process. All you need to do is click the shutter and give yourself the gift of time. This allows you to explore all other faculties of photography with time. Most people involve themselves early on in so many unnecessary details in photography that a newbie often gives up, thinking it is too difficult to learn. In the end it is the purpose, the underlying thought process that will drive your photography and influence the viewer. Your passion and commitment will take you through different layers in photography, and then one day, you will realize that a creative process is something beyond what the five senses can see and understand.
If you are serious about photography, you need to be serious about learning. There are a lot of online resources available and you can make use of them in your time. You just need to keep on clicking and learn along the way by investing your time and money into becoming a good storyteller. And if you get an opportunity to learn from the Masters, it’s time to walk the walk and follow their path. Photography is an identity that will add more to your image, and when you start to experience that change in valuing yourself, you will get more attention and credibility from being a photographer. When you understand the power of a photograph than you will fall in love with your own photography
The first causality of the SYSTEM is the common man on the streets and street photography has given me this immense opportunity to see what is coming ahead before the system starts to break down.