Street photography is such a unique form of art because the images play off each other so well. They can be powerful alone, but sometimes the collection can be more important than the individual images themselves. It's like a recipe, where the different ingredients enhance one another and it's why the book and street photography have such a powerful connection.
The problem is that it's extremely difficult to group the images, to figure out the themes, and to foster them over time. I struggle with it and I have a lot of fun with it, so I thought it would be a good idea to put up a large 36x48 inch cork board on my office wall where I can mix and match and play around with images over time.
It came out MUCH better than I expected and it will evolve over time. I wish you could see it in real life on the exhibition fiber paper. I'm going to put up two small cork boards next to this and put painting lights above them all to illuminate.
If you didn't pick up the Daily News today, I had an article of street portraits and interviews in the center of the paper on the neighborhood of Nolita, probably the nicest area to live in the entire city.
Take a look at the large version to read it.
1/50th at F2.8, ISO 3200 (70mm).
Whether it be portraiture, photojournalism or street photography, there is usually a single thing that in my opinion can separate a great photo from an unsuccessful one. And unfortunately, it's something that many photographers seem to miss.
I don't mean just getting the eyes sharp. I mean waiting for the eyes to show an emotion. If you're not focusing on your subjects eyes when taking a photo then you're missing out on the most important ingredient. A slight glance or gleam in a person's eyes can convey more emotion or thought than any other ingredient. Most people are very skilled at hiding their emotions on their face, but their eyes never lie.
When I do environmental or posed portraiture, the main thing I look at is a persons eyes. When I'm out doing street photography it is also one of my main focuses. I wait for that glance and for that split-second moment where you can tell a person is having a thought, because that thought will show in the eyes.
1/125th at F2.8, ISO 3200 (70mm).
Below are some street photography examples.
1/250th at F2, ISO 1600 (35mm).
Here is the new article that was in the paper yesterday. To view a larger version click here.
For those of you that haven't seen yet, I had a new article posted on DPS on Friday called "Go Slow, Go Fast: How to Ease Your Way into Street Photography with a 2-Step System"
It's not so much of a technique article as it is a way to learn and teach yourself street photography. The technical part of the genre is extremely hard, but the most important aspect is being aware of what's around you.
Anyway, I hope you all like it!
I have a new article up on the Digital-Photography-School website, called "How to Deal with the Dreaded Chandler Bing Face."
The article is about how to help people who are uncomfortable in front of a camera to become more comfortable. And if you're not familiar with this reference, it's about a character from the TV show friends who is very bad at taking photos. Here is a hilarious 4 minute clip of the episode.
A lot of changes have been made to the store in the last couple of days and weeks. I'm out of the matting and framing business, for now at least. It turned out to be too time consuming on top of everything else. I think it is best for me to spend the extra effort focusing on the printing and creative side of things, in addition to the marketing and web design, etc.
The major changes:
Probably some more changes to come.
Here is the official video from the G-Star show on Saturday along with some of my own photographs from the event.
I really liked how they made the stage an extension of the snowy photograph. It was pretty amazing seeing the image so large in a setting like this with all of the music and lights, and it was also interesting to see how they made the photograph glow. It could have been lit from behind, but it's tough to tell. I have actually thought about lighting this photo up from behind with a lightbox for some time.
The theme for the show was 'Metropolitan Explorer'. It was 'inspired by adventurers and explorers of the 1920's who lived in large metropolitan cities'.
Below are some photos taken with my small P&S.
A couple of months ago I sold the rights of this image to be used as the backdrop for G-Star's Fashion show that is tonight as part of NY Fashion Week. They retouched the image a bit to fit the show's feel, but you can still see the similarities: http://www.g-star.com.
Anyway, hopefully I will be able to bring back a few good shots from tonight.
Chinatown, Blizzard 2010.
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful night and a very rewarding 2011.
I just wanted to say to everyone that's been commenting, emailing and lurking along for the last 14 months that I'm so happy you are out there. I have received some incredibly heartwarming emails and comments over the last year and it really makes me feel good and keeps me motivated to improve my work.
I created this daily blog as a way to force myself to photograph more and to document my journey and improvement as a street photographer. I hope that you've enjoyed following along with me and that I've inspired a few people to get into street photography themselves.
Now I thought that it would be a good idea to publicly state my 2011 resolutions for the blog and my photography in general. I read an interesting article this year about how the major reason why weight watchers works so well is because they make people weigh themselves in front of a room of people each week. People tend to stick to resolutions that they publicly state to others, and hopefully by doing this you will help me stick to mine. If you have a particular 2011 resolution that might be tough to follow I would suggest telling as many people as possible. Your motivation will then be to not let everyone down :)
So without further ado, my 2011 resolutions:
Hopefully I'll be able to stick to 5 of these 8 and if there is anything that you would like to see from me in 2011 then please let me know!
Happy New Year! What are your 2011 resolutions?