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:bulletred: Is Street Photography a Snapshot?…
:bulletred: The Artist's Toolbox: Street Photography…
:bulletred: Grammar Lessons for Street Photographers…
:bulletred: Relax, We Don't Steal Souls!…


:bulletred: The Street Photography Addiction Test…
:bulletred: Feel the force, or YODA's lessons on Street Photography…
:bulletred: Inside the mind of a Street Photographer…
:bulletred: Street Photography and Religion…
:bulletred: Of Street Photography and Ballet…
:bulletred: Busted? Make Up an Excuse!…
:bulletred: Murphy's Law applied to Street DDs…
:bulletred: How to be a street photographer in four lessons…
Have a seat and enjoy this funny, crazy, puzzling collection :D

Hipster Chair by sandas04
Workplace Romance by MARX77

170 by eyalbin
How many chairs? by ZiaulKareem
98 by sevron
A love story by herissonbleu
Old Groupies by sandas04
Street Photography BW 286 by sagi-k
Sofa on wheels by sandas04


Have a seat and enjoy this funny, crazy, puzzling collection :D

Hipster Chair by sandas04
Workplace Romance by MARX77

170 by eyalbin
How many chairs? by ZiaulKareem
98 by sevron
A love story by herissonbleu
Old Groupies by sandas04
Street Photography BW 286 by sagi-k
Sofa on wheels by sandas04

There are gestures that photography has literally invented. Created from scratch. They didn't exist before photography. Let's call them photogenic gestures, photo-generated gestures. Photo gestures.

Need an example? Try spending an hour in Campo dei Miracoli, Pisa (Italy) and you'll see what I mean. Very few photo-tourists can help being tempted to pose for a photo pretending to hold the leaning tower. Italians call them 'Pisa-holders' :D 
345391 by myraincheck

(Martin Parr)

no title by kaminsky

When the world is running down by EricForFriends

Pisa 4 by Peanutsalad

crowd crawling by SimonSawSunlightmpo dei Mi

Lunacy by myraincheck

These gestures appear ridiculous and insane without a photographer capturing them from the right parallax.
Similar photo-gestures happen in many other places and situations, mostly playing with monuments and 2D.

#Selfie Sunday! by BroKnowsTokyo

* by MirabellaStefano

Then there are the new photo-gestures created by mass photography with  LCD cameras and smartphones. They often remind me of weird ballet positions :D

Lon141297 by myraincheck

Japanese Style by kingmouf

10072013F5.6 by NunoCanha

The Decisive Selfie by philippaopao

Smartphone Moment by myraincheck

And then there are the photo gestures connected to the dreadful invention of 'selfies' and selfie sticks, with the typical selfie poses that go with them...

selfish stick by lightdrafter


Moebius selfie by DRIVINGYOU

bagged by lightdrafter

G I R L S by burningmonk

120620 - Paris. by JakezDaniel

Instant 3799 by SUDOR

Selfie Kiss by sandas04

All these gestures did not exist before photography, and only photography translates them into images.
Enjoy and do not forget to...
Say Cheese!

Taking Photos Of Strangers in Public Places

Photographing strangers without their consent is a thorny issue. 

Many photographers feel awkward, shy or embarrassed when they first attempt street photography.
Many are worried about people's reaction to being photographed.
Many are afraid or uncertain about the laws concerning privacy and photography. 

Since street photography is candid by definition, these issues can't be avoided.
Let's examine them and find some possible solutions.

"The practice of observing and photographing people in candid situations is a direct expression of human curiosity. A street photographer recognizes in a split second the visual potential of any number of human interactions, individual expressions, and patterns occurring in a public space and typically attempts to keep a decisive moment undisturbed by not alerting the subject". 
"Photographing without the subject's knowledge lays at the crux of potential ethical conflicts: without knowledge there cannot be consent. On the other hand, the absence of consent does not imply unethical behavior. Moral codes come into play for all parties involved: the photographer, who is looking to exercise his artistic freedom while safeguarding an individual's dignity; the subject, who might ask for the deletion of his image, realizing he has no say in the creation or distribution of the photograph; and the public, who demands both access to street photography (in form of entertainment, news, or art), and to be shielded from excesses". (source…

Street Photographer: What they think I do by dannyst

Question and concern Number One about Street Photography usually is: 'Is it taking street photos legal?' What if somebody finds out I uploaded his photo on the net? :fear: Should I find myself a good lawyer?

Taking photos of people in public places is legal. Of course laws differ from place to place and you should be aware of the ones in your country. And of course there are different restrictions whether you take, or publish, or make a commercial use of the picture. 
But some generalizations are still possible for western democracies, because the concepts of freedom tend to be similar. 
The freedom of artistic expression, hence the right to take photos and have them published, is covered in Constitutions and Charters of Rights as the right to self-expression and the right to enjoyment of property: namely your photo equipment.
Street Photography is a branch of documentary photography with a right to exist, it is a form of artistic expression with a history and a culture. For as much worrisome and incredible this might seem to many people, street photography is considered a form of art.
At the same time the same laws state that 'Everyone is guaranteed a reasonable expectation to privacy'. A statement that appears in many countries' laws and that seems vague enough to keep a team of lawyers gainfully employed for some time :lol:
Here is why moral codes, ethics and common sense should come into play, and an estimation should be done between self expression rights, documentary reasons, artistic expression, individual dignity and reasonable expectations of privacy.

I hope the following guidelines will help you getting rid of your guilty feelings while taking street photos.

In general, TAKING a picture of a person in a public space IS LEGAL and within your rights. What is a public space? A public space is a social space that is generally open and accessible to people. Roads (including the pavement), public squares, parks and beaches are typically considered public space. 
A public place does NOT mean public property. A shopping centre, library, museum, park, is still a public place although it may be private property.
Common sense says that intimidating someone by shoving your lens up their nostrils or taking action shots of their every step...could be legally interpreted as assault and could be considered invading people's privacy LOL .
Though also taking photos from a distance with an ultra zoom lens, shooting from a hidden location, a darkened room or Oswald-esque 4th floor window rises ethical questions. Plus it is not street photography. Street Photography means to be inside the scene, part of the scene, and still, remain invisible, not affecting the scene.

PUBLISHING a picture of a person in a public space IS legal with some restrictions. The most important restriction is that you shouldn't publish detrimental, degrading, insulting photographs that serve no useful informative or artistic purpose. You can be liable for publishing this kind of photos. Of course what is detrimental, degrading, insulting etc. is quite subjective and there are abysses of grey areas. Though if recognizable. IF RECOGNIZABLE. IF RECOGNIZABLE! IF RECOGNIZABLE! your subject has the right to ask you to remove your published photo.
In many countries you can publish photos of recognizable (RECOGNIZABLE. RECOGNIZABLE!) children only with the consent of the parents (release form).
A release form for a street photo sounds like a bad joke and in most cases it is out of proportion. 
And - honestly - this way our posterity watching our photos will think that the decrease of birth rate in our countries was much more dramatic than it is LOL .
A healthy halfway between paranoia and common sense should tell you if a release form is needed or not and when a photo is documentary or morbid.

In many countries you need the consent of the subject to commercially exploit images of recognizable people. 

NOTE WELL: "Commercial purposes" is defined as advertising, NOT any purpose for money. This means, for example, that a photo of a person taken in the street could be displayed in a gallery and sold as a piece of art without a release. Editorial use which is also allowed without a release is interpreted somewhat broadly. It is NOT for example limited to on the editorial page of a newspaper. An article on street photography in a photo magazine could be done without releases for the photos.


Concern Number Two about Street Photography usually is: 'People will stare at me, sue me, beat me up, break my camera, think I am a terrorist, shoot me and dance on my grave'.

No, most likely people won't even notice you. Most likely they will think you are taking pictures of something else around you. Even if they do notice you, most likely they will pretend not to see you. Sometimes they will look at you as if you were a weirdo (which you are) and they will keep away, but most often they won't mind being photographed. Sometimes they will even feel flattered by it (well, ok, don't think you will get girls' phone numbers this way, though). I never had problems taking photos of strangers. If after taking a photo you look intensely to something else, people will think you were photographing it. If after taking a photo you turn and take another one...the same. If you get spotted and caught, just smile. People will be less likely to break your nose. If somebody complains about having his picture taken, try explaining why you took the photo. If it doesn't work, don't insist and delete the photo. Avoid dangerous situations, trust your instinct and feelings towards people. 

So, even if street photography won't get you in trouble with the Law and with People....

The Professional by JonnyGoodboy

Concern Number Three about Street Photography usually is: 'I feel awkward/shy/embarrassed taking photos of strangers. How can I take photos of strangers in the street? 

It might take a while to get comfortable and take confidence with taking photos of strangers but there are so many ways to work around, ease and solve this problem.
Here are some tips:

Start with easy situations: touristic places, the center or square of the city,  fairs, public gatherings, protestations, concerts, the zoo, an amusement park and so on. Places where everyone has a camera. And instead of taking photos of all the above, take photos of people and their surroundings. 

Make yourself invisible: you don't need to become a ninja or to learn a spell, you don't even need to be a Leprechaun or Harry Potter. The best way to be invisible is to hide in plain sight. Inconspicuous clothes, eventually a tourist map or guide, a backpack, whatever can make you look like a tourist in visit to the city. 
There are a few things that can help you taking pictures unnoticed:
A small camera. A silent shutter (remove the blipping sounds and the assistance light! Don't use the flash!). A tilted LCD screen (god bless who invented it!). LCDs in general allow you to focus while watching somewhere else and just taking a glimpse in the LCD.
Shoot from the hip. This technique needs a bit (scratch it, a LOT) of practice not to end up with a series of photos of the sidewalk...but a neck strap keeping the camera at your chest level, a hand keeping the camera steady and aligned, a wide aperture, and lots of practice in evaluating where the camera is pointing...will allow you to take pictures without anybody noticing it.
Take your boyfriend/girlfriend/whatever friend with you and make them place themselves around you, or take photos over their shoulder (though I would advice you against this technique for your relationship's sake. Your girlfriend might feel hurt or pissed off). Go with a company and keep chatting while taking photos.
You could keep moving so to remain unnoticed. 

incognito by fuxs

7639 - incognito II by fuxs

Start with a focal lens that makes you feel comfortable, take shots of the things you find easier to capture.
And then step by step get closer and more daring. 
A few examples of street photos that won't make you feel uneasy?
Take back shots (but with a meaning): Taking photos of the backs of people is the easiest thing. They can't see you. Just...the backs of people usually are not very interesting. So try to be creative and original doing it.

Baby got back. by Treamus

1055 by arslanalp

Take photos from above. Again, your subject won't be able to spot you.

one_nine_seven by OskarAlfons

Use shadows. Instead of framing the people, frame their shadows on walls or pavement.

Tube by MirabellaStefano

Hitchcock Profile by myraincheck

Use reflections. This is a clever and creative way to photograph people.
girl on the sky train by hersley

He, around him by mariomencacci
Line up your shot and wait for someone to walk into the frame. If you are ready you can press the shutter without looking in the camera.

Approaching Geometry by DouglasHumphries

P1269 - Tsunami. by Lothringen

You can even take street photos with only a detail of a person or with no actual people in it! A good street photo can be about people even if people are not in the frame.

262 by celilsezer

Crushed by Treamus

158 by eyalbin

Untitled by DinoKose

Remember that a street photograph is not just the portrait of a stranger. A street photograph is something more and different. 
Street photography is an eye focused on the ordinary, on the every day life. 
Its interest is in capturing every day moments and situations that filtered through the sensitivity, vision, personality of the photographer are able to pass emotions and sensations to the viewer.
Moments can be of every kind: ironic, sad, melancholic, surreal, beautiful, wry, tender, poetic, destabilizing, iconic, descriptive. They all show aspects of life. Street photography is about exploring and capturing the interactions between individuals, and between individuals and their surroundings, and also between elements and details in a candid environment! 
The details, the interactions, the connections, the emotions, are what make a good street photo. 

Time out by Benowski

Can you dream again ? by SUDOR

Paint it black II by Jack070

street_115 by pivan

A few links you might find useful:

I believe that no streettog is unaware of this photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson, right? 
Cartier-bresson-henri-iza-gare-st-lazare-paris-193 by myraincheck
Derrière la gare Saint-Lazare, pont de l’Europe (Paris, 1932) by Henri Cartier-Bresson

The photograph above was to Time magazine, “The Photo of the Century”.
By then, photographs of puddle jumpers were clichés, but as New York Times remembered, “Cartier-Bresson brings to his image layer on layer of fresh and uncanny detail: the figure of a leaping dancer on a pair of posters on a wall behind the man mirrors him and his reflection in the water; the rippling circles made by the ladder echo circular bands of discarded metal debris; another poster, advertising a performer named Railowsky, puns with the railway station and the ladder, which, flat, resembles a railroad track.”

However, the picture that defined Cartier-Bresson’s career was ironically one of only two pictures he cropped. He detested the darkroom techniques and to prevent his editors from cropping, he sent his pictures with a black border — the frame he himself imposed at the instant he snapped the picture. However, behind the train station, he couldn’t managed to do this:

There was a plank fence around some repairs behind the Gare Saint Lazare train station. I happened to be peeking through a gap in the fence with my camera at the moment the man jumped. The space between the planks was not entirely wide enough for my lens, which is the reason why the picture is cut off on the left,” he explained in his usual laconic manner.
Gare by myraincheck

This picture became in time the stereotype of Henri Cartier-Bresson's 'decisive moment' : “Photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organisation of forms which give that event its proper expression.”  This famous quote is from the lengthy introduction of Cartier-Bresson's book The Decisive Moment, published in 1952. Though, at the time this picture was taken, Cartier-Bresson was only 24 years old, he had taken up photography only a couple of years earlier and had just bought in Marseille his first Leica camera. Only 20 years later Henri Cartier-Bresson theorized the Decisive Moment.

This picture might well be the most imitated, emulated and reinterpreted photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson
                                                                                                                   Collage HP by myraincheck
Friedrich Seidenstucker, Auf dem Sprung; Henri Cartier Bresson, Derrière la gare Saint-Lazare; Mike Stimpson, Behind the Gare Saint Lazare 

Here is a little dA collection of jumpers. Let's consider it an offering to the god of street photography!

Leap of Faith by straightfromcamera

Vine Leap by lmajali

jump by lukasvasilikos

Urban olympics by veftenie

Jump by celilsezer

Jump in Sneakers Like a Pro by IrynaFedorovska

Glass Jump by Draken413o

Hop by ZiaulKareem

YESSS!!! by MARX77

The Leap by niklin1

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eyeoftomorrow Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Professional Photographer
Great pictures. #blownaway
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Thank you so much, Mary :wave:
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Just a little feature ;-) tooltime

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thank you
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