What drew you to street photography initially?
I’ve only recently begun working on street photography. Previously, I was focusing my lens on nature, architecture, or any other scene that I felt a connection with. During the last few years, I started seeing little stories walk into my shots as I was sizing things up. And like I suppose it often goes in life, these people have made everything richer for being there.
What do you think is the best way to become a better storyteller – to capture images that tell stories?
I’ve found the most impactful shots capture those little seconds where people are just being exactly who they are for a moment. The best stories can be found in a photo when the setting surrounding the subject can paint a little more of their story, or we see it painting a bit of our own current story.
I love this image:
I feel like it captures the shift that all cultures have been feeling over the past few decades under the influence of technology and globalization. (That’s my two cents anyway) Can you tell me a little about it?
I totally agree, Ashley. And more than anything, the smartphone, this little internet and everything in our pocket, has been integrating and altering so many aspects of our lives. These devices would seem like magic to me growing up in the 1980’s, and maybe they can end up doing some.
For this photo, while out on a weekend photo walk, a crowd of young women walked through a large building we were exploring. Smiles, poses, and joy in every direction. Across the room, two friends were capturing shots of this landmark moment in their young lives, dressed in and surrounded by their cultural tradition. Their recording of this moment together has never been this easy, nor has the ability to share it with the world. I find the past and the future meeting in this shot quite fun, although nothing too new. What I loved the most was my chance to capture that universal shared warmth between two friends just being themselves on their big day.
There are so many images of crowds out there that are uninteresting and too busy. How can you capture a crowd artfully?
Of course, the shot needs a focal point. I think we are all looking for the light on a face, an emotion, a gesture, or any connection being made in the crowd. If we can find and focus the lens on this, we have a shot.
What has street photography taught you?
To be ready. Life on the city street is happening fast, thousands of worlds passing each other without the time to notice each other. We’ll just have to miss so much of it, but the feeling when you notice something and can catch it? Well, it’s quite the addictive rush you get, isn’t it?
I’m learning that if I am always ready with some reliable settings for the light of the hour, all I need to do is raise my arm, focus, and press.
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