Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by Allen Herbert, Jul 19, 2020.
Hello, it would be nice for folks too share.
If not I will share my photos.
Chinatown San Francisco, one from a while back.
While back from S.F.
Untitled by Barry Fisher
A very random street scene
Forgive me this comment (perhaps even rant). It is not intended to criticize anyone but just to put forward my personal views on Street Photography. I'm by no means anywhere close to being a good street photographer. I do believe that I learn more and more about what makes some street photography 'great' and other street photography mediocre
The best street photographers have (per project/series) a purpose, some kind of goal, plan and even unifying style. Much of their photography is 'random' in the sense that they randomly encounter people and situations that fit in with with their project. Of course, there is also a willingness of these people to tell their story.
Mike you can criticise my post all you like it must be one of the most boring photos I've ever posted here. But it seemed to fit "Random Street" and the the generaal standard of posts preceding it, It was meant to be ironic.
Why is it that the (self acknowledged and agreed upon ) crap photographers (that’s you Mike) feel the need to bang on about the best street photographers in a amateur street photography forum.
Possibly because a photographer at any skill and aesthetic level and even non-photographers might have something perceptive to say.
Though there's something to be said for projects, goals, and consistent style, I don't agree they're desirable in all cases. Nevertheless, I'm glad Mike spoke up.
A little provocation now and then shouldn't sting terribly much. Unless it does!
" feel the need to bang on about the best street photographers in a amateur street photography forum" Ludmilla.
I agree. The object of the post is all about photographers sharing their photos with other photographers. That simple.
We all have different levels of ability, and more importantly different styles: absolutely, a photographer does not have to feel they have to present a popular masterpiece. Just share. Because that is what this post is all about sharing. Sharing, so we can all enjoy other folks work...and be inspired to get out there.
There aren't really rules to follow in forums other than the very basic rules that administrators or moderators have set for those forums.
One suggestion to street photographers and any photographers who are going to post their work in public forums where words are allowed is to try to develop thick enough skins to accept a variety of comments, opinions, praises, criticisms, and other responses. I think it's certainly reasonable for a photographer to respond to a viewer's criticism, especially if the photographer disagrese with it. That's different from trying to silence criticism, which tends to show insecurity and fear.
"post their work in public forums where words are allowed is to try to develop thick enough skins to accept a variety of comments, opinions, praises, criticisms, and other responses" Sam.
But, this is not a photo critique forum. A few words is suffice. Join in Sam, post a photo, more interesting than words.
It is a sharing place.
"That's different from trying to silence criticism, which tends to show insecurity and fear" Sam
Again, this is a sharing thread, not a photo critique forum, regardless if it is a public forum.
Remember, there's an entire No Words forum where a street thread could be posted where, obviously, no words are allowed, except for concise introductions to photos with no cross-talk about them. That might be the appropriate place for what you're looking for.
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