Today I finally found some time to begin serious uploading of photos to my website. I’ve had it set up for a couple of months now, but for many reasons haven’t been able to add more than the few dozen photos I had easily ready to upload when I started it.
So far I have mainly uploaded several of my street candids, a genre that I’ve spent a fair amount of time on over the past couple of years. Because of where I work, it’s one of the easiest things to focus on during my breaks. There is usually a steady stream of people going about their activities. I’m not interested in the standard sort of “street photography” that concentrates on bums, weirdos, and just the general randomness of urban life, and in black & white, no less. The latter, in particular, I can’t really understand, because the city is full of color and that’s a big part of the interest. It seems that, to me, the street photography genre is just stuck in the mold of the period from Cartier-Bresson to Winogrand and can’t get beyond it.
At any rate, what I look for is catch people in unguarded moments, with hair flying or lost in thought. Along with this is looking for little pools of light to catch them in and aiming for some sort of conscious composition, although this latter is hard due to the spur-of-the-moment nature of street work.