Street images (and thoughts on favorite styles of photography)

Since I didn’t have the time this weekend to go out and shoot some new images, I did a little search through my archive. I found a few street images from the times when i used to practice street photography. Nowadays, I’m also completely devoted to landscapes and infrared, although this may start to change during the following months.

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(Leica M8, Elmarit 28mm f2.8)

Lately, I find myself passing on landscape sceneries that I would have certainly captured a year ago. Maybe is the fact that its been long since I visited new places, or simply that I have started to get tired from this kind of photography and I need a break. Being devoted in a certain style makes you master it, and you can only get better and better as you practice it (or not, that’s another discussion !!). On the other hand, there are people (like me), that every now and then need a change in order to get inspiration. For example, there was a time when street photography was my main subject, then I changed to landscapes. Lately, I have found myself planning certain concepts in collaboration with other people, doing staged studio scenes and I have also been tempted to start shooting video again (which I did a long time ago, before the arrival of DSLR video).

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(Leica M6, Elmar 50mm f2.8, Ilford XP2 400 film)

Making images is an evolving thing, its not just about the final image, but also about enjoying the whole process. For example, I am still shooting film not just because I love the look of it, but because I also find it inspiring for me. I enjoy the whole “analog” process from loading the film, taking an image and rewind for the next frame without having to check an LCD screen, develop it and scan it.

Many times I have pushed myself to get out of the car, set up the tripod and take an image just because I didn’t want to miss a certain scenery. Sometimes it has proven a wise move, but most of the times, it was just lost time. There’s really no need to capture everything, and especially with landscapes, I have learned over time to judge a scene and decide if it’s worth the effort.

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(Ricoh GX200)

For street photography of course the same rule does not apply. You never know when the chance for a good photo will appear and many times, luck is the factor that can make a good image (of course this is also a style you must practice since it allows you to have better judgement over time). Although shooting landscapes requires very good technique and patience, I consider street photography to be a far more difficult subject, since there’s a real difference between a street image and an image that was just taken on the street.

Maybe it will be a good break for me to go out again and do some street images, although I am sure I will continue shooting landscapes. Photography is just photography, plain simple, as an amateur photographer it’s important above all to enjoy it, and if it happens on the process to also get some good images, so be it !!!

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