Is it all a dream? That’s what runs through my mind as I view Kendou’s mysterious, captivating images. What makes this week’s featured street photographer of the week even more interesting? He’s had no training in photography whatsoever. His vision is unique and I’m positive you’ll enjoy our mini-interview and this small selection of his images.
How did you get into street photography initially?
Since I was in high school, there was one essential in my backpack – a camera from my parents, though I was only doing it for fun, to record my school life.
About 5 or 6 years ago, I had a lot of time on my hands since I left my last job, I then decided to walk thru every street and re-discover the city I live in – Taipei. That is when I jumped into the world of street photography.
How would you describe your street photography style?
It’s hard to explain, as I never really categorise myself. The use of black and white is to make the photos more vivid and add depth, from external to internal, from shapes to emotion.
I don’t really mind if it’s blurred, too dark, too bright, I just want to capture the feeling I have at the very moment, this is also my idea of composition in photographing.
Although, that is perhaps also because I never learned any photographic techniques in my life…
Where do you go to shoot and what do you look for in a subject?
I just hit the street, no specific location. Sometimes I walk on the same street I strode a million times, sometimes I turn into a lane I’ve never been to.
I look for stories in life, tiny ones. It doesn’t have to be personal, it can be a dog, a cat, or even the street itself.
Even with the same character, the story for the moment is definitely not as same as anything happened in the past.
What do you hope to accomplish as a street photographer?
I wish my photographs would let people who live in the same city as I do to comprehend how we could live WITH our city.
Any gear, technique or post processing tips or tricks you’d like to share with other street photographers who dig your style?
I don’t have any special gear, DSLR and that. All the cameras I have are the basics, digital or analogue. I sometimes use camera phone too.
I personally believe that since it’s the people themselves who take photos, as long as the camera fits the person, it’s good.
Check out more of Kendou’s dreamy images on his Flickr account. Go ahead, give him a follow, you know you want to.