Monday: Street Photo

Street Photo
Street Photo

Two young men and a dog. Berlin

street_photo_cmllLast mondays, I’ve posted some photos under the topic “Walking down the street”. After long meditation, I’ve decided to change the topic to a more general one “Street Photo“.
Street photography is as old as the photography itself.
“Street photography is photography that features the human condition within public places. Street photo does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban environment. Though people usually feature directly, street photography might be absent of people and can be an object or environment where the image projects a decidedly human character in facsimile or aesthetic.” Wikipedia
One important feature is that the photography must not to be prepared, the photo should be spontaneous. (This alone could lead to a broad discussion…).

Next weeks we will talk more about this interesting topic.

9 Comments on “Monday: Street Photo

    • Thank you Nancy!. I’m glad you like it.!
      In the following comment, snowsomewhere has raised some very interesting questions about this type of photography. But yes, I like this kind of photography.

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  1. I like this photo, especially the attitude oozing from this photo 🙂 It seems even the wall in the background has Attitude! I love taking spontaneous photos, it makes me observe my surroundings more accutely. But one thing I’ve never gotten used to (and don’t really do) is taking photos of strangers on the street. It seems like I’d be invading their privacy. So I just stick to general street views with either no people or people so far away that they’re unrecognisable. Maybe a bit boring sometimes but I guess I’m shy that way. Do you ever feel like that when you photograph people on the streets? How do you do it?

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    • First of all, thank you very much for the comment. It’s a very interesting question you pose. I myself have asked the same questions as you.
      The issue of street photographers taking photographs of strangers in public places without their consent (candid photography) for fine art purposes has been controversial.
      You can follow the wikipedia link to a more extensive exposure.
      If you want to do this type of photography and want to respect the privacy of the character, once made the photo, you talk to, teach the photo and ask permission to use it artistically. If there is no permission, you delete the photo. It is easy today with digital. Most people agree.
      If the person’s face is not apparent in the scene, I do not think we need to ask for permission. Clearly, what you can not do is ask permission before shooting. The photo does not seem natural.
      Everyone should draw the line.
      As I said, there is a extensive discussion on the subject and legal problems in some countries.

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  2. Yeah, I’ve read some of the discussions and I do find it interesting. I wouldn’t take a picture (or publish it) without asking for permission but I’m sure some people do that. Especially when traveling abroad (non-professionals; still, the same privacy issues)… I do love looking at street photos and those candid moments 🙂 It’s like people watching, but with more time to study the scene! Anyway, you have a really interesting blog here!

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  3. I love that shot. Looking at the two men in the photo you wonder what their story is and what it is that is out of shot of the camera that they are looking at. The photo encourages you to be creative in reinterpreting what is going on.


  4. Superb photo Cosme and very interesting discussion! I think the best photography tells a story in some way so I really like ‘candid’ photography but the privacy side of it is certainly difficult and it’s not always practical to ask.


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