Street Photography

Mr Shine

Car wash establishment
Car wash establishment

Street photography means different things to people. I enjoy getting out and about with my camera. After all, that’s why we buy them, isn’t it? Some think that street photography is taking photographs with people as the main subject. It’s not.

Both images that I’ve included in this page contain no people. Well, none that you can see. The outdoor hand car wash was taken literally as I walked passed. It was empty, yet I found the scene looking like a music gig being set up.

This next picture was taken as I was sat in the passenger seat of my wifes car. It was rush hour and everything seemed to be racing by in a rush to get somewhere. Out came my trusty Canon G7X and here’s the result.

Street scene

Amongst the traffic
Amongst the traffic

A bit of editing in Photoshop and I have my final image. Movement, colour and a strange angle all make up this street scene. Not a person in sight. Of course, I have many street scenes which contain people. After all, it’s hard to take a photograph when you’re out and about and not catch someone in the frame.

I’ve been fortunate over the years that it’s never bothered me taking photographs in public. I know a few people that get a little self-conscious about it. It’s a problem that I think can only be overcome by doing it. The more you do it, the less you’ll think about it.

Of the many street photography websites out there, my favourite is Eric Kim Photography. If you enjoy this kind of art, head on over there and you’ll find a mountain of great information.

There have been quite a few famous street photographers whose work is always a joy to see. Henri Cartier-Bresson, Joel Meyerowitz, Garry Winogrand, Vivian Maier and Helen Levitt to name a few.

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