Great street photography makes ordinary things look extraordinary. It is the beauty of the small things that often are overlooked in every day life. It is there for everyone to see but only the photographer is able to catch the moment and create art. I live nearby the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, so visiting this great museum is something I regularly do. As the museum was packed with tourists the last time I paid the museum a visit, I decided to put my focus on the many visitors instead of the displayed art. Due to the fact that it was so crowded and everybody was taking pictures with their smartphones themselves, I was free to take some pictures of the visitors, something you actually hardly can do anymore these days because everybody is so hyper sensitive for having a picture taken without their strict permission. Looking through the crowd, I saw the three figures on the paintings looking at the three persons sitting in front of it and quickly took a picture. If this is an example of great street photography is for others to decide, but it made me chuckle nevertheless 🙂
Surrender. That’s the first word that comes to mind when I look at this picture. What I’ve learned throughout the years, is that letting go of the need for making pictures results in the most valuable pictures. So, to surrender to the moment and space you are in, means you tap into your subconscious mind and great opportunities appear in front of you. That surely is the case with photography. This time I was taking a stroll through my Amsterdam neighbourhood, feeling a bit out of sync. As I was sitting on a bench staring at the water, I noticed the pattern in the water and decided to make a picture through the fence between the bench and the water. Post processing it in monochrome did the trick. Not an unique picture at all, but I like the ink-like look of the water and the diagonal line within the framing.
Crossing the street in New York, I saw this woman waiting for a taxi. In a glimpse of a second I was able to grab my camera and take this picture. Converting the picture to black and white, I once again got the confirmation what a great camera for black and white photography the Leica M8 is! Others agree, see here 🙂
I started this blog inspired by the street photography I have seen in the last couple of years. I have expressed my mixed feelings about street photography in a former post, being potentially intrusive and non respectful to its subjects but also the fact that you see so much mediocre pictures on the web. Okay, that’s the grumpy old man inside me-I admit :-). I consider myself as someone with a very positive view on life and people so I should perceive the many so-so pictures as an expression of the passion I share with these people and appreciate that they at least practice the art of street photography….yeah let’s do that from now on! Let’s be super positive! Gives me a valid excuse for posting a street photography style photograph by yours truly 🙂
Street photography is hot these days. Henri Cartier Bresson is obviously one of the heros in this genre and with the revival of the Leica brand, the increasing capable camera’s of smartphones and 4/3 camera’s being very in vogue, a lot of people seem to be attracted to this art now a days. I have mixed feelings with this phenomenon. With the practice itself and it’s popularity. Catching everyday moments and transform them into a piece of art can truly be a celebration of life, stressing the power of Now. But just with all things ‘underground’, it loses somewhat of its appeal when becoming mainstream. Taking a picture of someone without any permission can be inappropriate and annoying for the person confronted with your love of street photography. The picture of this man, taken in Amsterdam, represents a typical example of taking photographs on the street. Intriguing looks and personality and therefore just begging to be photographed ;-). Shot from the hip, without his permission. In my humble opinion shot with respect. However, very debatable as well, so feel free to comment….