How did you get into street photography?
Being a first class traveller I have been shooting for the last three years. I used to take photos of landscape, therefore I have a wide-angle lens, which is perfect for my street photography now. I do my best with a 35mm.
Actually, I’m not a professional photographer at all, although street photography is my desire. I often take a part in different street photography festivals and workshops for the inspiration.
How would you describe your street photography style?
As a color street photographer I’m mad about color. Besides, I’d like to show something ironic or unusual in absolutely common scenes. As I’ve mentioned before I’m a fan of wide-angle lens.
It looks like you’ve traveled a bit. What is your favorite city for street photography?
I must admit that some cities are quite easy for taking street pictures (such as Havana with friendly people in lovely surroundings who are accustomed to tourists with cameras), others like rushed Hong Kong or typical Russian cities are a bit challenging. Taking pictures in “easy” cities is a good start for beginners, however, a perfect shot from a challenging place is a kind of treasure.
This image is super creepy:
What is going on here?
I was wandering along the fencing somewhere in downtown Hong Kong when I suddenly heard a noise behind it. I guessed that something would happen here and started to wait.
I was lucky because the repairman came out the fencing. To be lucky is the important part of success for a street photographer.
What has street photography taught you?
The first advantage of being a street photography is seeing and predicting much more than before. Also when you are a photographer you can afford more than a person without a camera (to be closer, for example).
See more of Lesya’s work on this Flickr photostream.