What drew you to street photography initially?
First of all, I have to say that I have difficulty interacting with people, I think I’m slightly autistic, and taking people pictures seems to help me in that respect. I have always been drawn to street style photography and capturing life around me, its humour and quirks gives me a buzz but when you know you have that image, any genre of photography does.
You have a talent for capturing the “human element.” How do you do it? You capture a lot of great expressions and interactions – how do you know when to snap the photo?
I think this question could be linked with number 4. The eye sees the image that camera takes. I’m always looking, walking slowly and with the camera ready, click. Composition seems to be instinctive after a while but I’m never sure whether I have the “moment” until I review later on the computer or tablet. Street photography is a lot to do with luck, being in the right place at the right time, and the more you practice the luckier you become.
Do you have a favorite photographer or someone who inspires your photography?
With well over a hundred books from different photographers that’s a hard question. Bert Hardy would be near the top.
What tips would you give to someone who was new to street photography?
Carrying on from question two. Dress the part. By that I mean casually and quiet colours so you don’t stand out. Walk slowly, it’s less noticeable when you stop to snap than if you are racing along. Look, look, look. A small camera is less obtrusive than a large DSLR with a bird watching lens attached. If using a wide angle lens and getting close unnerves you use a longer lens until you gain confidence. Wear comfortable shoes and DON’T FORGET TO SMILE.
Do you think street photography will be relevant 50 years from now?
I hope so but at the moment it is being high jacked by the art world. The kiss of death. I think people will always want to record their world but in what form? I won’t be around to find out anyway.
See more images by Ian Boulton (a.k.a. Canonac) on Flickr by clicking here.