Flash photography on streets

Started Dec 22, 2011 | Discussions thread
OP nanashi Regular Member • Posts: 102
Re: Flash photography on streets

Hi Paul;
Thanks for comments.
I remembered Philip-Lorca diCorcia's "Heads."

Honesty speaking, I do not like the sneaking style of that work on street. If I want to do head shot, I will interact with people. And when I take photos on street, I do not hide from subjects.

Bruce Gilden seems like as you said using a flash to interact with people. That is not what I want to do either.

I want to find images on street which can be done only by using flash. That is what I am thinking now.

Paul Amyes wrote:

When people talk of using flash in street photography Bruce Gilden's name inevitably pops up. But I think that this work shares a similar methodology to that used by Philip-Lorca diCorcia. He would position remote controlled flash out of sight of passers by and then wait for suitable subjects to walk through. The resulting work made up his portfolio called "Heads".

Here's a video article where he discusses the work


I prefer this concept to that of Gilden's, mainly because I'm not pushy or abrasive like he obviously is, and his intention is to provoke a reaction. diCorcia's work is more subtle and relies on the interplay of the light on the subject which is what I think the OP is trying to achieve here.

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