Like you I’m learning how to become better at the this elusive art form we call street photography. No matter how much I know or have learned there’s always more. It’s like crossing the ocean. Once you reach the horizon, what do you see? Another horizon.
So each time I interview a street photographer for the magazine, our podcast or just a regular conversation I alway try to come away with at least one lesson or insight that I can apply to my own work. I ask about things that I struggle with hoping that they are issues that may affect you to. After all we’re all on different paths up the same mountain.
Recently I had a conversation with Swiss street and documentary photographer Jens Krauer. I’ve been a fan of his work for quite some time and thanks to an introduction from writer and photographer Gina Williams I had an opportunity to meet him.
Several years ago Jens left a secure career in the corporate world to pursue his passion for street and documentary photography. To finance his personal projects he takes on paid commercial photography video production gigs.
On the street Jens is a keen observer of not only light, but the key elements in an often chaotic scene. Then zeros in to work the scene when possible.
And is extremely mindful of the photos he chooses for public display by being a ruthless curator of his own work. Rather than publishing hundreds of his images on his website and Instagram he shows only a handful of his best work. Jens says he prefers to be known for five great images rather than being famous on Instagram.
I found him to be very insightful, thoughtful and willing to share his experience. I’m sure you will too.
Links from the Show
A selection of street photos by Jens