Since photographic techniques where discovered around mid 19th century, this science has metamorphosed until becoming an art. Having evolved in a wide range of disciplines, an uncountable number of creators have used it to express their inquietudes during all this time.
Being an art, I agree that the interpretation and joy of a specific photograph is a purely subjective activity; however, there may be some science behind it, don’t you think? In this post, written while I have no internet access on a long and boring flight, I will try to define the mathematic formula of Street Photography.
“The E=mc2 of street photography”
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According to Maciej Dakowicz (web), Street Photography can be defined as “changing ordinary things into extraordinary through the act of photographing them”. One of the key differentiators from this discipline compared to other photography specialisations is that the captures are always improvised, this means, there is no preparation, models, light or scenario setups, but the photographer seeks the combination of all these in the street to capture the moments.
From all these variables, there are few that in my opinion are key factors in a street style photograph. Let’s analyse them:
For me, what makes a big difference in a street photography picture is the subject. Well, the subject could be a building, an animal or any other thing, but as humans, we feel much more identified with other humans, and that’s why in my opinion having people in the frame makes a picture much more impacting.
Buildings and streets are always there, and dogs, pigeons or monkeys do not complain if you take a picture of them. However, it is much more challenging to photograph other people; take your camera and go out to photograph others, it’s scaring, huh? (Here we touch a moral aspect of photograph, but we can discuss that in another post.).
Moreover, each photographed person tells a story, even it is in a picture, and this allows us to create a narrative within the artwork we are producing. How this narrative is interpreted and understood by the person watching our photograph will depend in many factors, the subject among them, but specially in the one analysed just in the next point. Continue reading!