Street photography is all about telling a story
It’s not everyday that you have a burning passion to go do something in life. These kinds of feelings for something don’t come around too often. Street photography to me is all about telling a story in a single frame and that’s a marvelous thing to be able to share with the world around you.
I got the bug for it almost from the off as at the time I was I already enjoying long hikes into the English countryside as I was then living in Devon. Once I added a 35mm camera after discovering photography on an art course then it made for the perfect relationship moving forwards.
It’s true that once it has awoken in your psyche street photography can happen anywhere at any moment and it’s potential is enormous. It exists in your hometown or anywhere else your travels take you.
What drives me to shoot this particular genre is the potential to capture a moment that will never happen again and for sure hasn’t happened already. It allows you to explore your own deeper feelings and take you on your own voyage of self discovery. It gets you out into the world and that has to be a good thing.
It allows for photographic opportunity
I have become an observer of the world. I am a seer, a watcher, a catcher of time and motion when the time is right. It allows for opportunity to exist at any given moment. The discipline is to be tuned in to whats going on around you and to develop the wits of wild animals and to notice like a kestrel hanging, hovering over a potential prey with laser like concentration on the job at hand, then strike with gusto and move on to enjoy the kill.
This is the thrill and the lust to trap something that could have tremendous consequences for both shooter and observer later.
Photography is a philosophy
After 20 years of shooting street photography I have always believed it is more than a simple photographic genre. It is not simply picking up a camera and just going out and taking pictures of street scenes. It is so much deeper and intellectual than that alone, in fact, it is a philosophy, an awakening towards a deeper consciousness.
It is a philosophy that not only helps me to become a better photographer but also helps to observe and explore the world in a different way.
In my opinion street photography is a necessary discipline and is good for you in so many ways.
When the mind is nowhere it is everywhere. [Zen proverb]