Street Photography - Clichés only?

Started Aug 3, 2014 | Discussions thread
leopold Forum Pro • Posts: 14,083

Steve wrote:

i've been taking shots, and have been  reading more about it.. I've since deleted many of my street shots, because my end game is different.

I believe street photography should show one or both of the following.

* a display of interesting tones, lines, contrast..etc.. basically an artsy shot which elicits and emotion in the viewer.

* a street shot telling a story.. You can feel the emotion in the people in the frame and it may elicit an emotion in the viewer.

I see a lot of street photography, which are basically random shots taken in the street. I don't know why people post these shots.. They are boring.. say nothing about the scene or don't bring out any emotions in me.. don't make me think.. why would anyone care about these shots.. my eye sees dozen or hundreds of scenes every day. 99.9% of them say nothing and are readily forgotten.

but then again.. photography is art, and technical and subjectively speaking EVERY photograph is art.. whether it is worthy of sharing, is subjective.

If i may make a comparison. A random shot in the street is like taking a landscape shot with no purpose other than to document the location.

Here are a few of mine , which i think are worth sharing (but you may not think so and that is what art is about)

ok.. one may argue that some are 'portrait' photography.. but they were taken on a street. LOL

what is this woman thinking ? She looks like she has maybe had a hard life and thinking about it. whether accurate or not , i felt sad for her.

First , you have a beautiful name

(Mine is Steeve with 2 "e")

Joke apart, great post and superb shots, i can feel the emotion in each of them.

Thanks for sharing.

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