I don't get street photography. Please explain

Started May 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
Bart Hickman
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In reply to cmc1, May 4, 2013

cmc1 wrote:

As per the title. I don't get it. I love photographs that mean something to me, that shock me, make me want to keep looking and going back to it. I don't understand why you would cram up your hard drive with photos of an empty coke can on the floor or some tramp sitting in his own excrement? Genuine question, what am I not seeing?

A lot of shots are interesting for different reasons.  Some folks I know are good at finding people that are just interesting to look at.  A worn, weathered face that nevertheless has a twinkle in the eye can be fascinating especially if, as is sometimes the case, the photographer spoke with the person to get their story.  Sometimes it's a matter of capturing someone doing their job (eg., butcher in a meat shop, construction worker) and you capture a moment that is interesting for some reason and a story forms as you look at the shot.

And some of the time, the shots probably suck.  That's just the way it goes.

FWIW, I rarely do street photography because why the heck would I want to be in a gross city when I could be out in nature.  

Bart

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