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Feel the Force

Mon Mar 10, 2014, 4:58 AM
If you like what you read, please :+favlove: 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!

YODA by el-grimlock

Face by burningmonk

Urban olympics by veftenie

The Chameleon by siddhartha19

Up front.img324, with story plus * by harrietsfriend

Dark-0248 by ggrranpa

Buried Alive by ChickyRencil

Cafe Blues by Seiglie

Circles by xbastex

Encephalogram by pavboq

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siddhartha19 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Thanks for the feature here! It is very motivating. :)
djailledie Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
A lot of these quotes sound familiar. I guess that these masters are just MORE patient, MORE fearless, and pay MORE attention! Thanks for putting this together, Mary.
IrynaFedorovska Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
great ideas and tips :)
aaroffy Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Great article and collection of thoughts!   I was just watching a Star Wars marathon the other weekend too :D
ZiaulKareem Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
WingDiamond Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
:iconyoda-plz::iconsaysplz: Hmm Strong with the Force Are You!
NunoFigueira Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
great journal :)
Seiglie Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014   Photographer
Many thanks for the feature, and great article. :clap: :highfive:
JACAC Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
Sour-fruits Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
The one with people on the street is the exact scene we get in Canada lol big chinks of annoying snow :P 
And I like the one with the little rounded woman in a museum I don't know :3
ggrranpa Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for inclusion, Funny cuz I don't really like Martin parrs Photo's that much , but really relate the quote's of his.. 
DougNZ Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
Your kids forced you to watch a marathon of Star Wars? That's parental abuse! :police:
But the cool quotes and photos make it worth it :)
marius1956 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Good point,Myra!
Vermontster Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Great one! :clap:
maxlake2 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Great Journal!
Batsceba Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014   Photographer
I feel :)
arslanalp Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I will.

thank you
wchild Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student Photographer
Excellent reading.
Excellent chronicles.
Excellent examples/features.

Have a nice week!
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