a collection of experiences, ideas and image samples related to street photography.
1/105 sec, f/8, ISO 200 at a focal length of 23mm
camera: FujiFilm x100
Despite the threat of a snow storm, I spent a quiet Sunday appreciating the architecture in downtown Detroit. I wanted to capture the city from unique angles so I purposely tried to avoid more recognizable sites like the Renaissance Center. My goal was to give more attention to designs and textures from multiple perspectives that are a bit less noticeable from the average view of the skyline.
Observing design, architecture and light.
"disillusion..." 1/640 sec at f/1.8 with an ISO of 250
Over the last two months, I've been doing some freelance photography with the theme of reflections. I was inspired by my personal belief that art is NOT 'extracurricular'. Art is an essential component of what makes us human beings. It is the fruit of mathematics, science, and linguistics that form & shape our existence on this planet. Designs, textures, tones...they are everywhere yet we are conditions to take for granted the little things that make life beautiful. With the aid of photography, I try to take time to simply observe my environment, breathe and enjoy. These images are a small sample of a variety of city landscapes that I make a note not to ignore on a daily basis.
" (Art) is the fruit of mathematics, science and linguistics that form & shape our existence on this planet. "
Exposure: 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 500 at a focal length of 50mm
The structural design of bicycles are fascinating to me. In my freelance photography, I am drawn to how light reflects off of the chrome, rain drops dangling below the tubes and how people chain them to bike racks. Composing bikes in unconventional ways create amazing street photographs and abstract work.
proof print of transportation in a non-motion mode
Creating a dramatic cinematic style
"point of view..." - 1/250 sec, f/1.8, iso of 400 captured with a 50mm lens
camera: Canon EOS 40D
lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Inspiration: Film Noir
I love to watch black and white movies on TCM (Turner Classic Movies)! I appreciate how lighting played a key role in creating a sense of mystery and drama. I've worked in a photography studio quite a few times in the past and I must admit that it is not my strong point. I am not comfortable in a 'controlled setting'. My creative process is to freelance and to not have an actual plan. This is why I gravitate more towards street photography. I personally have more freedom to explore and color outside of the lines a bit.
I like to shoot with a low ISO setting (usually 200 or 250) for a dark tonality. I aim for bright whites and extreme blacks. I'm finding that my photographs seem to 'come to life' a bit more when I minimize my exposure levels in camera and give a slight punch to the contrast. Besides that, I simply freelance and allow interesting subjects to freely appear in the frame.
I use my camera to paint with light. Silhouettes, shade and shadows are most fascinating to me. The emphasis on darkness help create a classic film noir style. I love when I am able to create a photograph that is timeless. Street photography is (or should be) an artistic journey. Every time I go out and shoot is totally different from the last. Part of my photographic experience is to accept what comes naturally, then capture it. I will shoot in the cold, rain, snow and at night. Storytelling is honest so I embrace impactions and flaws; the 'happy accidents' are part of the narrative.
"The dust and the grainy look on film developments are like the crackling sound of vinyl records. The mood is warm and soothing to the soul. I embrace imperfections!" - #filmisnotdead
The Zen of Analog Photography
Art provides a path for me to be free, create and to find internal peace. Art is therapeutic. I believe anything worth having usually does not come easy. A process is necessary. For instance, becoming a musician takes time. Learning to play an instrument is a creative process. I want those same experiences with my photography. I don't want 'instant satisfaction'. With photography, I am capturing a moment in time. Time needs time, so I feel what I record visually shouldn't have immediate results from a digital camera. I personally prefer to approach the art of photography with a more traditional method with analog equipment. I feel a strong sentimental connection to my film developments. Therefore, I am now seriously considering shooting film photography 100% simply because I am dedicated to the process of manually creating visual art.
"I feel a strong sentimental connection to my film developments" - #ishootfilm
During this past spring, I anticipated spending the summer months enjoying the sunshine, sporadic motorcycle rides and weekend getaways. I was especially looking forward to shooting more film photography, specifically with my medium format camera. However, the realities of life had other plans. Unexpected roadblocks and obstacles not only rerouted my summer excursions but totally derailed my level of creativity. Now that August is upon us, I missed out on some prime opportunities to expand my portfolio. Yet, I don't feel particular bad about it simply because I really had nothing to say artistically. The few times I did photography over the summer, I wasn't fully engaged in the process. I was shooting with film cameras 100% of the time yet I am not overly anxious to see the results right now either (I don't plan to do any film developing until the fall).
I feel that my creative drought is temporary and will eventually pass. I much prefer to be patient and allow inspiration to find me rather than force myself to shoot just to be shooting. I want my photography to have depth, purpose and meaning. Film photography has taught me to make every frame count. Capturing a micro-second of time should not be taken for granted. This is a simple belief in quality to quantity.
With that, I like to think that my creative process is in the brewing stages. Bold, flavorful coffee is a craft. It takes time, patience and passion. I can surely wait...
I am a street photographer using film and digital formats. I enjoy listening to good music, traveling, quiet time & peace.