This week’s featured street photographer, Rainer Nowotny, has a style all of his own. Some of his shots are timeless and classic, others are modern and minimalist, still others are chaotic and stressful. Rainer chatted with me about how he got into street photography and how he sees his own shooting style. Here’s a few pictures and words from the man himself:
AH: How did you get into street photography?
RN: Photography was always part of my life and a camera was always around. It began some years ago, without knowing that there is a genre called street photography. There was a moment in my life that changed my way of seeing significantly. I discovered the beauty of the little moments. Somebody is giving a hand to someone else or you see people doing their jobs with enthusiasm or people are enjoying their life and I started to capture these moments.I became interested in this kind of photography and now, here I am.
AH: How would you describe your style?
RN: My style is that I shoot how I feel a scene. If I would come to the same scene on different days, I would always get different results. I prefer contrasty black and white photographs, but I also do color. I mostly capture moments like an observer, but I also like to go in the middle of the action. I like blurry shots or capturing movements, shooting into the light. I like complex shots with reflections and in the next moment it can have an minimalistic approach. I always try to find funny moments, but I rarely get them.
AH: I love the feel of these photos:
AH: How do you capture these shots?
RN: All these shots are taken with the intention to capture the movement with slightly different technical approach. All shots have been done while using long shutter speed. In the shot with the people crossing the street I used the inbuild ND filter of the X100s which is very helpful, if you capture movement in daylight situations. In the carousel shot I added flash to get the effect. And in the shot with the woman, I was panning the camera a little bit to get her face almost sharp.
AH: What’s your favorite part of street photography?
RN: The best part for me is to be out on the street watching and shooting what’s going on. I can be totally part of that process, it’s very relaxing. There is no thinking, no yesterday and no tomorrow, I’m just in that moment.
Here’s a few more shots by Rainer:
A big thank you to Rainer for sharing his thoughts and photos with us.