Part of the reason I love street photography is the way it makes me feel. I like the rush of being in the world I’m photographing. Maybe it’s selfish but I enjoy being part of the action, both implicit and complicit.
“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.”
– Imogen Cunningham
Let’s slightly rephrased the quote so it can apply to todays digital world with “the ones you didn’t skimp”.
I just love looking at my digital contact sheet in Aperture. I quickly star the images I want to work on and then go through my post processing. The real highlights and sometimes just an utter surprise, are the ones you don’t skimp. This image is exactly what I’m talking about. When I first saw it I was completely delighted.
An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
Street photography often times highlights amazing individuals you’d never otherwise meet. This afternoon I went on a Photo Essay shoot which I’ll be publishing in the days to come called – Miracle Mile. Miracle Mile is a famous street in Coral Gables and even mentioned in Billy Joel’s famous song “It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me”.
And while there, I met Joe, a homeless gentleman with the heart of gold, he basically told me his story and what a story it was. After we spoke for about 10 minutes I asked him for a portrait shot and graciously obliged. He was in good spirits and I tried my best to capture his wonderful smile.
Now going back to the quote from MLK which is still very much apparent and true today, we must rise to the occasion as we try to capture our images in the most humane way.
Street photography is everywhere and even in the mundane. It all depends on the photographer and the spirit behind when he/she presses that shutter. People often think photography lacks emotion and they couldn’t be any more further from the truth.
Ricoh GRD III (click to enlarge)
The moment that shutter captures that moment, the decisive moment, one has captured a fraction of time that will forever live. Its here in this moment that memories are carved into that frame and live forever.
So when you press that shutter, what is it you’re trying to remember or save for the future?
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Families are the most important of society. Keep your family close and take care of them and society will be a better place, not only today but tomorrow.
Your comments and faves are very appreciated. For those interested, the image is processed via Aperture 3 and Silver Efex Pro 2 with a preset I developed from the inspiration of Daido Moriyama.
Cuba is a wonderful city filled with an entire Spanish culture worthy of a visit. This shot was taken by lovely lady ( she’s no photographer ) but as I explained the angles and lines work beautifully on this image, they add a certain jadedness to a subtle street scene and a dramatic tone which is so Cuban.