If you like what you read, please
this article so it reaches more deviants
Or YODA's Lessons on Street Photography.
Yeah, well, blame it on the fact that my kids forced me to watch a marathon of Star Wars episodes.
1) PATIENCE YOU MUST HAVE, my young Padawan
"Street photography requires patience. More often than not I come home with nothing, but it’s the times that I do come home with a photo that will be with me forever, that makes it so worthwhile. (...) Street photography is about searching, finding and reacting…" – Jesse Marlow
"Buy a good pair of comfortable shoes, have a camera around your neck at all times, keep your elbows in, be patient, optimistic and don’t forget to smile." – Matt Stuart
“I only know how to approach a place by walking. For what does a street photographer do but walk and watch and wait and talk, and then watch and wait some more, trying to remain confident that the unexpected, the unknown, or the secret heat of the known awaits just around the corner.” – Alex Webb
“When you hit that wall of utter frustration while photographing the street, when you are beyond tired and just want to give up, keep on walking—for another hour, or until the light goes entirely. Often the best photographs come when you least expect them—when you are the most exhuasted, and the most emotionally vulnerable.” - Alex Webb
2) Fear is the path to the dark side. Do or do not. There is no try.
"Nothing happens when you sit at home. I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times…I just shoot at what interests me at that moment." - Elliott Erwitt
"I go straight in very close to people and I do that because it’s the only way you can get the picture. You go right up to them. Even now, I don’t find it easy. I don’t announce it. I pretend to be focusing elsewhere. If you take someone’s photograph it is very difficult not to look at them just after. But it’s the one thing that gives the game away. I don’t try and hide what I’m doing – that would be folly." - Martin Parr
"If you photograph for a long time, you get to understand such things as body language. I often do not look at people I photograph, especially afterwards. Also when I want a photo, I become somewhat fearless, and this helps a lot. There will always be someone who objects to being photographed, and when this happens you move on." - Martin Parr
3) Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future
"When shooting, I don't know precisely what I'm looking for until it happens in front of me. This is the great difficulty of working the street. Once in a great while there is time to work a situation, to get more than one or two frames of a scene, but rarely". - Richard Bram
“It might all come together for a moment and then just as quickly it is gone.” - Narelle Autio
“The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.” – Robert Doisneau
4) You must unlearn what you have learned
"More than anything Street Photography is an attitude, it is an openness to being amazed by what comes your way, it is unlearning the habit of categorising and dismissing the everyday as being ‘just the everyday’ and beginning to recognise that extraordinary, beautiful and subtle stories are occurring in front of you everyday of your life if you can see them." - Nick Turpin
“All the technique in the world doesn’t compensate for the inability to notice.” – Elliott Erwitt
“Photography allows you to learn to look and see. You begin to see things you’d never paid attention to.”- Saul Leiter
5) Feel the force!
"The best street photographers are like Zen hunters. I say Zen hunter, because you can’t force the unexpected. You can only be open to it." - Dave Beckerman
"When I take photographs, my body inevitably enters a trancelike state. Briskly weaving my way through the avenues, every cell in my body becomes as sensitive as radar, responsive to the life of the streets… If I were to give it words, I would say: “I have no choice… I have to shoot this… I can’t leave this place for another’s eyes… I have to shoot it… I have no choice.” An endless, murmuring refrain." – Daido Moriyama
May the force be with you!