It is true. There is no substitute to getting out on the street and practicing in the real world. Also, I do agree that each street photographer should work to develop his or her own style. That said, I believe there is great value in studying the work of street photographers that inspire you. One street photographer I discovered recently had that very effect on me. Her name is Violet Kashi and I admire her work immensely.
If you are ever feeling a little devoid of inspiration, go peruse her website. It’s amazing how much you can learn just by viewing another’s work. Granted, I think Violet has a very special perspective that is all her own, but there are many things we can all take away from Violet’s work. Here are just a few things I learned after viewing a selection of her images:
- First, her composition is spot on. As you view her images I’m sure you’ll notice the golden ratio and a number of other beautifully executed composition techniques.
- Second, what a use of light, shadows and angles! You may not shoot in the same city as Violet, but many of the same conditions present themselves in all cities, you just have to learn how to take advantage of them, photographically speaking.
- Third, Violet has an eye for characters, she gets up close, and she captures a ton of gestures that give her images that human touch we all strive to catch. This may not seem like anything unique, but whenever I see images like that, it inspires me to be just a little bolder on the street.
- Fourth, I love Violet’s projects/categories of street photography. From Girl Power and Young at Heart to Urban Wild, her categories are consistent, there’s never any doubt as to why an image is included and all of the images she’s chosen to exhibit are of the highest quality. She hasn’t added any less than worthy photos just because they fit the theme. A great example for the rest of us.
Check out Violet Kashi’s website for yourself. I hope you find yourself as inspired as I was after you view her work.