a collection of experiences, ideas and image samples related to street photography.
Charles Saadiq, Michigan 2018
0/1 sec, f/16, ISO 250
- Captured with a vintage Minolta 28mm f/2.8 lens on a FujiFilm X-T10
camera: FujiFilm X-T10
lens: a vintage Minolta 28mm f/2.8
As I am entering my middle-age years, I am becoming more connected to nature. This feeling brings me a greater sense of peace with unresolved isssues in my past now knowing that all things are temporary. Life is a continuous cycle and I want to practice a more gentle approach to dealing with personal hardships. ‘Practice’ is the key word because the act of negative thoughts is difficult habit to break. Yet my interactions with animals and plants are heeling. This new level of peace is beginning to reflect in my photography.
Rediscovering my creative roots
This is THE very first street photograph that I was proud of. Captured in October 2004 in Atlanta, GA
I've been taking some time to revisit and evaluate photography projects and freelance work that I've done over the years. Naturally, I often thought about my first camera. I purchased a black FujiFilm FinePix S3000 in the fall of 2004. I always appreciated the art of photography from afar so I didn't know much about the technical aspects. I actually don't even remember why I decided to buy a camera. I just knew, for some reason, that I had to get a camera. I didn't have much money but I was desperate. I remember using a few hundred dollars of my rent money to buy the FujiFilm from a Ritz Camera store near my old job in Atlanta. I was so happy and excited to start shooting! I took that awkwardly shaped, 3-megapixel camera everywhere. Now, the thought of me risking eviction to buy that camera is reflection of the transitional period I was experiencing during that time.
In the early 2000s, I was in desperate need of direction and focus. I was in the process of defining myself. I was suffering from many years anger and unhappiness. However, learning the art of photography was life changing for me. Although I was going through a dark period in my life, I was very fortunate that my camera provided the light.
Photography became the one thing that gave personal pleasure without the need to feel like I had to get approval from others. I finally had a sense of belonging. That camera was my compass when I felt lost. I was able to see the world differently through the images that I created. My outlook on life became more focused. It was a therapeutic to be able to narrate and tell a visual story, even if the only audience was myself. I was learning to be free. My photogaphs didn't have a right, a wrong or incorrect. They were, however, honest. All I needed was a method to express myself. I later went on to overcome many hardships by finding comfort in being an artist and finding myself as a humanitarian. I am very grateful that photography gave me the inner peace I was seeking.
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. "
"ying and yang" - created with manual settings of 1/25 sec, f/6.3 with an ISO of 400
camera: Canon EOS 40D
lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
One of the many things that I enjoy about photography is the feeling of freedom. Life creates a pallet full of endless ideas and opportunities to explore. Regardless of the environment, social/political climate or personal hardships, I can find a level of comfort simply by having a creative outlet. Street photography specifically is my way of connecting with others. I like to observe and study human nature. Our body language, hand gestures and facial expressions are beautiful, yet often taken for granted. Capturing people's natural reaction to their own existence helps me appreciate and respect all life forms. We are all connect; I try not to overly complicate this simple fact.
#humanity #life #art #Zen #innerpeace
"Street photography is my way of connecting with others."
camera: Canon EOS 60D
lens: Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5
I was in search to sub-frame subjects on the first Saturday morning of the Fall of 2017. I feel that the contrast in black & white images help create a more surreal effect.
shutter speed: 1/250, f/6.3, ISO 250 with a focal length of 175mm
I am a street photographer using film and digital formats. I enjoy listening to good music, traveling, quiet time & peace.