As I mentioned in my last post, I’m on a short break from Flickr but to be honest, you’re heart felt comments have really touched me in more ways that you can image, thank you once again for all your kind words and support. I went yesterday for a quick hour and half stroll through Downtown Miami and I was completely taken back by the amount of great street photography scenes there yesterday. Luckily, my trusty GRD was there with me, as she always is, and we did our thing. I was not going to post until I fully returned back from the break, but to be honest, its your comments and the spirit of Flickr which pulled me back for one last image before I go on break officially.
A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it. – Edward Steichen He kept telling me “I’m from New York, man, give me something,” so I gave him $5 and he smiled and said, “you aight papi,” and I thanked him, laughed, and kept going.
Most of you also probably know my favorite street photographer is Daido Moriyama. Shooting with a camera like the Ricoh brings me into a place of that inspiration. I feel like I’m making pictures that smell of the city. There is an aesthetic stench to the grit and grain. I love it. Josh White
There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment. This kind of photography is realism. But realism is not enough – there has to be vision, and the two together can make a good photograph. – Robert Frank Thanks for all your support friends, in our short time together, I’ve really appreciated all your critiques, constructive and all.
To me… the kind of street shooting that I love has nothing to do with the street… it has everything to do with the moment that the souls of two stranger’s souls collide. There is some ‘magic’ and incredible beauty in that moment.Those moments produce images that invite the viewer to ponder and linger… those moments invite the viewer in to write their own version of the story. As a street shooter, those are the moments I’m always hunting for. Viewminder
For me the printing process is part of the magic of photography. It’s that magic that can be exciting, disappointing, rewarding and frustrating all in the same few moments in the darkroom. – John Sexton I believe Mr. Sexton couldn’t be more correct. One thing is framing the image, pressing that shutter, and capturing the essence of the fraction of time, permanently on film or these days on our sensors, but another is the art of the print process (digital post processing).
There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment. This kind of photography is realism. But realism is not enough – there has to be vision, and the two together can make a good photograph. – Robert Frank It is the dualistic nature of this craft that in essence, is the fountain of youth, the holy grail we could say. When you examine Robert Frank’s quote and really dig deep within your images and ask yourselves two basic questions. Nikon P700 (click to enlarge)
Stare. It is the way to educate your eye, and more. Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long. – Walker Evans Powerful words from one of the great masters. Often times we start to photograph and don’t know what to photograph. Young photographers try to constantly visit new places in search of the golden nugget, a busy street, a common market, etc. But the truth of the matter is, that street photography is all around us. Its always with you at all times. Why? well like Walker Evans so eloquently stated we need to “educate our eyes . . . stare, pry, listen”. As such, its important to always have a photographic tool at all times, because in time you will start to the see the world thru a frame. It happens at some point in our photographic journey. For some, it may be sooner than later, and still for others, it takes a while. Nevertheless, the moment comes to us all. The moment that our eyes and our photographic …