“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.
Graciela Iturbide is considered the most relevant Mexican photographer. She started studying cinematography and there she met Manuel Alvarez Bravo who is considered the father of Mexican Photography and who had a great influence in Graciela’s work.
Graciela still works with her analog camera as she prefer to keep doing what she called her ritual. Here my learnings:
All start with a passion. This is relevant for all aspects in life, to be a great photographer you need to feel it, you need enjoy, you need to have fun and be obsessed with your passion.
Is not about technique is about composition. Choose the subject of your image and what you want to tell about. Once that is clear select a good background that helps to tell the story, avoid distracting elements.
To be a great photographer you need to increase your culture. At the decisive moment all your pass knowledge and experience will play a vital role to decide what to shoot. Is very important to learn from others photographers, learn painting, poetry, architecture, classic music. Also if you are traveling to a new place is important to read about its history and traditions to decide what is relevante and imagine your photo before pressing the shooter.
For street photography interact with the people of the place. You need to be part of the place in which you will do your work, she used to spend 2 to 3 weeks in the place to interact with people, this will make the people familiar with you and be more relax in the decisive moment.
Here some links that you can use to know her work.