Whilst I wouldn’t classify my street photography as part of my professional business [ I have yet to get paid for any of it]. I would class it as a valuable part of my photography training. For that reason, I feel it is worth showing some of my favourite street photography images on my website.
What do I mean by it being part of my photography training? Surely you just walk around somewhere and click at random strangers to do street photography don’t you? Well, there is a bit more to it than that – although I will admit a lot of people do do that.
For me the purpose of street photography is the ” battle ground” for trying ideas out. I can test camera settings, angles, metering systems etc etc in conditions that in a way simulate a wedding day.
As a documentary wedding photographer, the vast majority of what I shoot during a wedding day is done so without any interactions with the subject. I do this because I can then record a genuine and truthful version of that wedding day. The minute I start posing people and moving things about, it is no longer a genuine moment, but rather, my contrived version of that moment. Again, there will be plenty of people who will do this and claim it is pure documentary, but for me the integrity and honesty of the image is important. You can read more about my approach to documentary wedding photography here.
The training also comes by way of teaching me to anticipate moments and to observe situations as they unfold. Often, rather than roam the streets, I will remain in one place that has an interesting background, or good light and then anticipate a situation or moment within that scenario. othertimes, I will work on a mini project, say, one type of subject, a specific colour or images with similar content. This helps develop observational skills.
My favourite types of street photography is when something quirky occurs or there is some humour in the image. All the time I am looking at moment, composition and light – the three key elements of a good image. Often one or more of these is sacrificed, but, whent hey all come together you are onto a winner.
I hope you enjoy this collection of street photography images.