Street Photography is more than creating images, is about slow down and appreciate the things around us. I work in a multinational company where slow down is simple impossible; my day start with something urgent and end with something more urgent. What I like the most when I shoot in the streets is that I don’t have pressure, I take my time to interact with people, I disconnect from social media and last but not least I use mi imagination to create photos that would never be possible, sometimes is about seeing the right place and wait until something interesting happen. Here an example a kid playing Cricket in Panama? I only saw this one time in 8 years living in this country….
Shooting street photography is challenging, you have to be aware of the environment and form the people . In some locations you have to take more risk than in others, but what I have learn is that you need to tackle your fears, go and shoot, the worst thing that have happened to me is angry people that asked me to erase the photo. I learned that to take better photos you need to be closer to the subject and that exact moment is when you put yourself at risk.
The hardest part of shooting in the streets is to be brave, its that exact moment in which you know that you need to shoot but you feel that you are crossing a barrier that put you at risk. For example the next photo is form a native person in Panama (a Kuna). It is not easy to be in front and shot, its not easy to do that with a prime lent (no zoom) in this case a 17mm lent form my Olympus camera. But guess what? She don’t even saw me…
One thing that I always have in my mind, is that a shoot that is missed is a shot that will never return, this happens in street photography as your task is to find the right moment or as Henri Cartier Bresson explains is to find “the decisive moment”.
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I want to share some recent street photography shoots that I took while walking in Mexico City, in La Condesa.
You will see that I like dogs, and in some of my street photos the dogs are the main subject. It is not easy as dogs are always a moving target, so my advice is to shoot many shoots and wait until you get the right one!
“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough” – Robert Capa. In street photography you need to be in the place where the action happens, that’s why its recommended to use prime lents (without zoom), to be closer to your subject.
“To photograph: it is to put on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart” – Henri Cartier Bresson. All start with a passion, in street photography you will spend a lot of time trying to find decisive moments, you need to be motivated and put all your energy to capture candid moments.
“The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it” – Ansel Adams. I don’t believe in camera gears, its important but its more important the person that use the camera, all his background, knowledge and passion will contribute to take amazing images.
“A photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you” – Brigitte Bardot. It is almost impossible to capture the same image, there are many variables when shooting (the photograph, the camera, the light, the ISO, the shooter speed, the aperture, etc); you will take single images that can be remember forever¡
“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to read without a camera” – Dorothea Lange. I have learn to see, now when I walk I enjoy everything; the colors, the shapes, the lines, the people. When I go for a photowalk I try to disconnect form everything and put all my energy to see decisive moments.
“My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport”. Steve McCurry. The most I shoot the most I wander about this world and their people. Especially I like to shoot portraits and sometime talk with the subject, you will not believe how much you can learn form them.