Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by Allen Herbert, Jul 19, 2020.
From Russia with love...
Jeez, I'm not included))
Thought I would add something I like to finish this post.
Hey, I made the effort.
Allen, your posts ## 61 and 65 are very coincidental/patriotic from Russian point of view. The Bella Ciao son was very popular/patriotic in '60 - '70 in Russia.
I personally enjoy the acting in this version:
A song of freedom from tyranny.
Not just about actors.
Or, about something perfect....a holy grail.
Goodnight, and God bless.
I know. To me, frosting will never ruin the cake.
For sure! But at least as important to my approach is telling the story of the street in an image. Rather than framing an anomaly, I like to capture street images that let the viewer also get in synch with the street. Telling its story can mean capturing a century of evolution in a row of buildings, or highlighting a mass of working people walking up the front steps of their cookie cutter row homes at the end of a long day. It’s lunchtime for a group of business people on a city basketball court with their briefcases, jackets and phones sitting on the ground.
“It’s what’s happenin’, babe!”
The Mall in Central Park last March, before...
I don’t think that is necessarily the case. To me, street photography is as much about light, colour and form as, say, abstract photography. Of course, ppl are readily identifiable, but the overall effect is the same.
(Not true of documentary photography)
I agree completely with that, but I think we’re exploring two sides of the same coin. A street scene can deliver both a story (or ten) and an assortment of artful images, depending on many things from time of day and who’s there to the eye, mind and heart of the photographer. Even the camera you have at the moment can affect the image you choose to capture.
That’s why I love street work - it encompasses every forum topic on this site from macro to fashion to portrait to abstract. Clusters of brightly painted shotgun houses of New Orleans suggest an abstract work of art, especially surrounded by residual hurricane-induced change. When the neighborhood kids are out playing between a fresh purple restoration and a lot filled with debris, there’s a story. And the weeds growing through the rubble can be an abstract, a metaphor for the persistence of life, a macro of the beauty of nature in an unlikely spot, or whatever else you see there.
Nicely put. Thanks
Very nicely said.
It also can apply to portraits, which encompass every forum topic on this site from macro to fashion to landscape to abstract,
And to landscapes ...
Photography often utilizes qualities that apply to all genres, and one genre blends into the next and the next. While not all genres will be apparent when viewing other genres, no genre escapes the connection to abstraction.
He who looks with both a narrative and an abstract eye will have a heads up.
He who shoots street with more abstraction and less humanity will have to do it carefully and cleverly. If not done well, it might still be said to be “street photography” but might not be very good.
He can do what he likes. He is liberated and He doesn’t care about being very good
Yes, that's exactly what I was saying. Thanks for repeating it for emphasis.
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