Street Photography Resolution

Happy New Year!

I had a very unproductive (somewhat) 2019 in regards to my street photography. I literally only shot once and that was on a First Friday event in downtown. I published 3 separate blog post all within the same topic on my upcoming film, Fill The Frame. I was so wrapped up in finishing my documentary, which I did at the very end of the year and now am awaiting to hear back from film festivals. I was so busy with finishing the film and trying to obtain new clients for my freelance video business that street photography was last priority. A few years prior it was one of my main priorities and one of the things I looked forward to every chance I got because it helped me escape my miserable 9 to 5 job, and allowed me to be creative without much effort compared to producing a short film where there’s so many elements involved. As I’m writing this I’m reminded that street photography has given so much to me, I’ve done talks here locally at a high school, photo convention, I made new friends, met many other enthusiast online and around the world both in person and virtually. I’ve made a handful of images the past five years that I’m really happy with but its still difficult for me to go out on my free time to shoot.

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Every time I had the itch to go out and take my camera for a walk I would stop and say to myself you should be editing your documentary. It was very hard in the beginning, I had to be discipline, sometimes I felt like doing street photography just to give myself an excuse why I’m behind in my work. And now that I haven’t gone out to shoot and deleted my old Instagram I actually enjoy just walking outside without my camera and not having to photograph and always be observing with my camera. Observing with your own two eyes without hesitation to press that shutter button is quite liberating to say the least. But now that my film is wrapped up I should get off my ass when I can and go take a scroll to Waikiki and make some photos.

I know for some photographs and for myself a visit to another country or city can ignite a new fire for street photography because of the excitement of seeing a new place or simply being in vacation mode without any distractions. Maybe that would get me going but I don’t have the money to travel at the moment. Sometimes photographing home gets boring. Stale. And the minute I walk into Waikiki, I get bored within fifteen minutes. One trick that worked in the past for me when things got stale was that I would look at my favorite street photography books. Looking at images of Vivian Maier, Richard Sandler, Harry Gruyeart, Carl De Keyzer, and Helen Levitt would usually get me going again. Re-energized, inspired again to roam the streets hoping to find an image that’ll make me feel good.

I’m quite amazed at many modern day street photographers all around the world, I see on Facebook and Instagram at how constant they are with their craft. Almost going at it daily for years, that to me is inspiring in itself. I guess I need to take it one day at a time and just force myself to get back out in the streets because how I remembered it, the more you do it the more you’ll want to continue to be out there on the streets. I don’t think I’ll ever retire the camera, hiatus yes and hopefully that hiatus was 2019. 2020 I want to hit the streets again an experience that feeling of both excitement and disappointment when I snap the shutter button.

Miami Street Photography Festival Finally Got it Right!

The Miami Street Photography Festival just concluded this past weekend handing out awards for best single image contest and series from Miami.

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1st Place Singles Category Miami Street Photography Festival 2018 – Hsiu Ju Chang

1st Place Singles Category Miami Street Photography Festival 2018 – Hsiu Ju Chang

The Miami Street Photography Festival just concluded this past weekend handing out awards for best single image contest and series from Miami.

Finally a photo without any animals places first. I have no idea what everyone’s infatuation with animals in street photos is. The winning image by photographer Hsiu Ju Chang is exceptional. I really love this photo and it is a great reminder to all photographers of any genre that you do not need to travel to a foreign country to take amazing photographs. You can find opportunities for great photographs anywhere. This winning image proves that good lighting, shadows, vibrant colors, and is still king! Purely at first glance, if someone said Alex Webb took this photo, I’d believe it.

This trend with animals and birds, and dogs, and cows I am sick of it! Stop! Just stop. The winning photo at Italian Street Photography Festival 2018 was an animal (or portrayed an animal). The third place image at Streetfoto 2018 looked like a “Got Milk”ad. Remember that from the 90’s? I like the cow image but it looks too perfect and how Jeff Mermelstein would say “Magaziney”. The first place image for Streetfoto….again we are at the presence of animals…Although the trio of dogs are not the predominate focus in the image ITS STILL THERE.

In the end, the winning picture in Miami is what we should be seeing more of. My hat goes off to the finalist judges at Miami (Nick Turpin, Constantine Manos, and Meryl Meisler) for getting this right for everyone!

 

The Street Photography Camera Has Arrived!

 

Photokina 2018 came with no disappointments! Is the Fujifilm’s GFX 50R the future and soon to be best street & documentary camera!  Release date in November 2018. Can’t wait to test it out. Read more here!

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Fujifilm’s GFX 50R – Medium Format Sensor in Rangefinder Body

 

 

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iN-PUBLIC – Turpin is Out…Now What?

News flash, founding member of iN-PUBLIC Nick Turpin and fellow member Nils Jorgensen have both abruptly left the street photography collective (You can read it here on phoblographer.com) over a photograph taken by another member (Blake Andrews), which was voted for photo of the month within the collective. First off, I applaud Turpin and anyone that takes a stand in something they believe in as this must have been a very difficult decision on Turpin’s part being one of the original founding members of the group. However I do feel he is overreacting. The perception I have of Turpin is that he’s a good photographer; very passionate, but at times acts like the chief of police for the genre street photography. For example, this can be seen from discussions I’ve read on social media regarding the World Street Photography Book 4 where he and Chris Suspect go back and forth on the book’s cover and whether or not it’s candid or even street.

Now I’m not saying Blake Andrews’s photo is going to transcend the street photography genre, but it did catch my eye when I saw it and had me curious. I asked myself, did he use flash? Did he slowed down the shutter? How did make this shitty photo?!!! I have never been more interested in how a shitty photo has come about! And that to me deserves a standing ovation (clap clap)! Look, I understand the argument here, digital tool(s) should not manipulate or enhance the narrative within the image.

According to the phoblographer

post, he left because he is“Unhappy with the inclusion of the image, Turpin felt it was not following the code of authenticity that is commonly associated with street photography.” This is where Turpin’s argument hits a dead end. His argument on the processing of the panoramic view on the iPhone and how it is not street photography…it’s an argument not worth having.

This should not have been the reason why Turpin went and packed his bags to go home. Turpin’s reason should have been because that piece of crap of a photo was selected for “photo of the month”.

You have 20 plus badass street photographers in the longest reigning and respected street photography collective and the photo of the month is this?….Really? Really? Eighteen years of hard work, energy, and effort to put together a respected and talented street photography collective and we have this for a photo. Blake Andrews should permanently delete the photo and swallow his pride. Such a shame! When you have a crap of a photo like that as the photo of the month for your collective, it represents everyone within the collective and not just the photographer who took it.

Which then brings up a bigger question….is street photography, or better yet photography in general…considered art? Anyone can go out and get lucky and take the best picture of a lifetime. When compared to other art forms like music, painting, or dance…it takes years and many hours of practice to perfect the art. Should street photography have rules. Should street photography have “Ethical and aesthetic” rules.

I believe the average person does not give a crap whether or not it’s a candid photo or how it was done. Now that does not mean I pose my own street pictures because I don’t. However, the average person only cares about what’s in the frame, aside from the street photography enthusiast. The regular person is only able to digest what was taken, not how it was taken. I’m also suspicious of many of the photographs I see floating online if they were manipulated in anyway. Did they remove a pole? Did they add this? Did they add that? With the digital tools we have today anything can be manipulated…but does the average viewer care?

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    • Learn the fundamentals of street photography
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