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WHY?

“It can be a hard question to answer, ‘Why do you shoot?’ especially if you shoot street photography. In his post, Nico Goodden gets personal about the difficult circumstances that led him to become a photographer. We all have our reasons and Nico’s set of reasons might differ from your own, but he gets it. He has come to an understanding so deep he can even verbalize why photography matters, why it is important, relevant.” —Street…

From the Hip….or Not

I received some street photography advice recently to avoid “shooting from the hip” and to slow down and take more time to frame shots. On the other hand, in a workshop, we practiced shooting from the hip as a way to avoid disturbing the scene and capture life as it happens, without interjecting oneself into the surroundings. I don’t always shoot from the hip, but admittedly enjoy using the technique in tight spaces, such as metro…

Hot Off the Press: New issue of Street Photography Magazine

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity last month to not only travel to London, but also attend the Photo London exposition and contribute a piece to Street Photography Magazine, now out in the new issue. Login, subscribe or buy a single issue to check it out! (Plus the new issue is full of a long list of fantastic and helpful articles). http://streetphotographymagazine.com/issue/issue-37/ #PhotoLondonFair16amwritingArtblackandwhiteLondonphotoPhotographyStreet Photography MagazineStreetphotographyTravelWriting

Photographing at the Speed of Life

“Street photography means having to deal with time, which requires the photographer to quickly notice the various details, elements and factors, that are present in the potential subject. The photographer must then determine which of the elements are to be included or excluded from the frame. The effective organization of the various details and factors is determined by accurate framing and precise timing of the shot. It requires the photographer to abide by some very…

Street Focus!

I’m not a very idle person so sitting down to watch a television series or listen to a podcast isn’t usually on my radar. But street photographer Valerie Jardin’s podcast “Street Focus — An on-going exploration of urban photography” is so excellent and informative that I now have a new workout routine. During weekdays at my “day job” in downtown Portland, Oregon USA I zip down the street to the gym, plug in & hop…

An Art of Observation

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” – Elliott Erwitt I started a family newspaper when I was about eight or nine. I went on to become a journalist for a small town newspaper where I covered everything from city government to prize-winning…

So, Here We Are

I’m heading to Seattle tomorrow on the train from Portland and in preparing am reminded of this piece of mine published by The Boiler journal. I’m looking forward to the weekend — spending time in a great city with my sons, visiting grandma, walking the streets with my camera, and learning something new about the world, which is always the case and always gratifying if one is open to it. In downtown Seattle, I pass…

A Question of Color

“It is the norm for street photography to be in black and white. People almost expect it to be in black and white. Personally however, I much prefer to shoot in colour and very rarely put out black and white images.” –Chris Gouge from his new Street Photography Magazine piece, “Why I Shoot in Colour.” I love this article (you can access it with the entire current issue for $4.99 here at the Newsstand: http://streetphotographymagazine.com/newsstand/ )…