4 Bold Street Photography Predictions in 2018

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Kinwing Edas Wong becomes a member of iN-PUBLIC or some other prestigious street photography collective

Whether you’re a fan of one and done type photos, or photos of gradual humor, you can’t deny the talents of street photographer Kinwing Edas Wong. This man has taken photos that will breathe for a long time in the 21st century. And with that, my bold prediction is that this year a prestigious street photography collective will reach out to Edas to join…whether that be iN-PUBLIC, Burn My Eye, Street Collective, etc. there are so many, I’ve lost track. Bottom line is, Edas’ time is coming. It is a great reminder that talent always wins.

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Michael Ernest Sweet Returns to Street Photography

Michael Ernest Sweet had a meltdown last year and wrote an article in the Huffington Post that he was going to retire from street photography (article has since been deleted) because of all the same bullshit photos he sees on social media and all the politics that comes with it. I like Michael Ernest Sweet’s style and he provides good feedback as a judge on World Street Photography. I truly feel Mr. Sweet just needed a break. I mean don’t we all? And I hope his time away from street photography brings him back rejuvenated, refreshed, hungrier for more, and not concerned about what other “street” photos are floating around on social media.

This serves as a reminder that we need to shoot for ourselves. Don’t worry about others and what other people are posting unless you draw inspiration from them.

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Ricoh GR’s New Camera

I think it’s time for Ricoh to capitalize on the street photography community and release an updated version of the infamous Ricoh GR II. The Ricoh GR II has been a popular choice among street photographers over the years. But a release of a newer version, keeping the size and weight the same, the built in flash, upgrading the sensor or lens, adding some additional features, it will be a major hit! I have no idea why Ricoh is starving many street photographers from a new camera, however, when the new Ricoh GR is released later this year as I am predicting, it will most likely sell out very quickly.

Mobile Street Photography Will Start to Take Over

Many people are now shooting with their phones because of the convenience but more importantly how much the camera’s in our phone have evolved over the past few years. Do smartphones have their limitations? Of course they do, it’s not perfect, but it is good enough for most average consumer. I’ve seen prints as big as 8 X 11 from an iPhone and Android and they’re amazing. Honestly, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference unless you blow it up larger or if you are a professional that can nitpick the small details like highlights and shadows in a image.

 

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