Almost every other evening I stand on the street, the camera strapped tightly to my right hand. Slowly, something is beginning to foam from the foggy vague inspiration or impression or whatever it is that flickrs past.
2 styles. But inside me, I think I’m chasing the same thing. Let’s see where I go. All these images from today’s street shoot.
1> ‘The other’
The other, the ones we keep with us but never share the same space with. They’re just there, standing with back straight. We just don’t pay much attention. But on a day like this, some of us notice it. They’re there all right…
Love to hear your comment, what you feel, what you see… project your art on mine…
I actually have not ventured out on the street with the right inspired mood on me for quite some time now. I missed that feeling of concentrating on my senses and condensing the essence of whatever that inspires me, there and then. The lighting is out of my control. Where I can position myself is often limited. And equipment is limited – old school or whatever you call it, I go out on street with a wide to standard prime on my camera, no zoom, no telephoto. I do not have an issue with photographers who take candid pictures of strangers using a long lens. But that is not what I do. And limiting yourself to a single focal length I think is a great exercise in both forcing yourself to look for an effective composition and also to naturally know how wide your angle of view is at any given point of time. Anyhow… that’s how I put my 20-year-old lens on my much younger digital camera and stepped out onto the wet street of Melbourne just after the sun had gone down beyond horizon.
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I love being out on the rainy day. Wet surfaces add more reflections, making the world look more interesting, and also brighter.
Like I was saying on Facebook earlier (and obviously this is inspired by the famous words by Cartier-Bresson)…
Just grab your camera, step onto the street. Surprise yourself. The rest will take care of itself.
Keep your eyes open, your senses wide open. When you feel something, be humble and face it. Don’t hide from it, don’t shy away from it. And when you did get the courage to actually point and click, you will be rewarded with satisfaction. Good luck to you, and see you on the street!
On Wednesday, I was photographing on the street, with an intention of making some progress on a project on world in reflection. I’ll show you some of those images next time, but for now, let me share some of images that appeared in front of me that day.
It was a week of a lot of reflections, still thinking about the inspiration I gathered from Bill Henson’s works, Carol Jerrems, et al. and project proposal to put together. So when it was finally typed up and out of way, I felt quite free, everything felt lighter now that all the thinking has been put aside and the idea that I was tossing around had finally found its place and started growing. Continue reading walking, running, moving