This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing one of our very talented Flickr group members, Ash Crook. His photos feel inquisitive, intuitive even, and are always up close and personal. I’m sure you’ll love his work as much as I do. In addition to sharing a few of his captivating images with us, Ash was kind enough to share a few of his personal insights about street photography.
What was it that drew you to street photography initially?
“I think the nature of people drew me to it. People fascinate me. I really enjoy engaging with people I meet in the streets, particularly late at night as there’s this strange nocturnal phenomena in humans of reduced inhibition that makes for interesting encounters. People are just incredibly diverse and complex. I guess I just felt a need to capture these moments that would otherwise go unnoticed and be lost in time.”
I noticed that many of your photos are taken at night. Any tips for those of us who want to improve our nighttime street photos?
“To be honest, I try not to think about it too much and just shoot. Although being aware of light sources is very useful; neon lights, street lamps, car headlights etc, especially if the shadows surrounding them creates a dramatic contrast. Also, don’t be afraid to hang out in one place for a while waiting for something interesting to happen because it often does. After all, if nothing else, life is surprising. “
What is your biggest goal as a street photographer?
“I try to capture the beauty of real people and real moments. The little things. Everyday things we often overlook or define as being insignificant. I think ordinary moments can be some of the most valuable and truthful representations of our human experience.”
Here’s a few more of my favorite shots taken by Ash: