Question: why do you shoot street photography?
For myself, it gives me an excuse to live more adventurously, to make visual art through photos, and to connect with other humans!
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To prove to myself that I’m capable to create something meaningful to this world.
Since I was a kid and till around 2 years ago (means around 28 yrs of my life) I always wonder why I never able to create anything (from scratch till become a solid object) into this world (like painting, cooking, writing, electronic, kind of that stuff). Fortunately, I found my passion in photography since 2 yrs ago, which is a hobby that I never thought at all before.
It is street photography that brought me to photography world. I love the concept of randomness and the fact that I need to find “beauty” from a boring daily life.
What a difficult question to answer, in a good way.
I suppose for me it is a way of making sense of things. It sounds cliche, but there’s just something about taking and entire, chaotic, busy scene and condensing it down, adding and removing things up to the point where you have refined the composition into that tiny box. Its not dissimilar to solving a puzzle; arranging the elements to fit and make sense.
And then there is the more human side of things.
Photography refines my understanding of why people do what they do and why they are how they are. In my opinion, it teaches me how to view and treat others equally.
For me photography is understanding.
I was first introduced to photography by a mentor when I was in high school in 2006. Flowers with photography became a kind of opiate that gave me a passion for experiencing it in various genres. Throughout the year 2013 I was introduced to the street photography genre, after learning about this genre I tried to see the results of the previous photographs and it turns out most of the photos I took more lead to this genre. During this photography I am very focused on making photography as a medium for displaying stories visually that emphasizes aesthetics without neglecting ethics. I find many things that can be delivered with photography in various fields to many audiences. Street photography is unique compared to other photography genres. The path of photography in the development of existing theories, I can conclude that street photography is a moment of direct capture of all the activities in the public spaces featuring new stories. Then with growing cultural cohesion combined in street photography can provide the inner cultural power that I use in visual story telling.
I am a people watcher. I have been all my life. I like to strike up conversations with strangers. When I stumbled into photography I fell in love with walking around and photographing interesting people or shadows and shapes that caught my attention. During some interwebs digging I discovered the style of photography I enjoy is called street photography.
I shoot street photography to face my fear with society, I always struggled with social aspects till my 20th (I’m 22 now). For me it’s very important to do because when I don’t do it for a while I fall back into negative thinking and feeling more isolated. It always turns out with very sneaky shots or a bit awkward lol, but that’s what I’m and I think thats great. It’s a reflection of my feeling, the last year I wasn’t into streetphotography because I felt anxiety. Now, while I’m writing this that period is in the past. I start to feel inspired again to shoot street and take everything to a next level, my next level! I wanna try to hit them people more into the face with my flash, I know I can handle that confrontation now.
My life changed really fast on the last few months. I was feeling a bit depressed and decided to take some photos of my room (yeah, my room!). The next day something hit me: why not go out on the streets? And I did! It was probably the most exciting thing I did in years. A cellphone and a compact camera was all I needed.
My city showed me things I’ve never noticed before: day-to-day miracles that only happen when your eyes are wide open to new experiences.This is why I shoot street photography: it’s a new way to see the world around you. It gives me the ability to shape reality as I see fit.
I read a post yesterday and it asked why did you pick up a camera? Why do you shoot the way you do? What inspires you? What messages are you trying to convey in your photos? The desire to see my kids grow is why I picked up a camera initially. I shoot the way I do because I love documentary type pics that tell a story. I’m not really a pose and shoot type photographer. Images that tell a story inspire me as I am curious by nature and always want to know more. I am trying to convey real life situations/events when I capture an image. I want people who see my images to care enough to ask, what happened next? This image from 10yrs ago answers all of those questions for me.
Before I started to shoot street photography, I was a pretty timid person. I was afraid of strangers. Afraid to talk to them, to interact with them, and to treat them like fellow human beings.
Street photography has built up my confidence in so many different ways. I am no longer anxious when I enter foreign and unfamiliar social situations. Street photography has given me the confidence to speak in front of large crowds. Street photography has helped me learn how to face fear in the eye— and not to fear failure. Street photography has helped me deal with rejection, and to be brave, try new risky ideas, and to have confidence in myself