How street photography can make you happier person? 

The wish to be happy, so many people wrote about that.

So lets cut the bullshit, what if I tell you that photography is a living meditation, is a tool the will interact you with the wonder, that it can awake you. today. why?

 

5 thoughts :

 

1. traveling in time and space.

let's say that you took a vacation, to Rome.

everything is set, you know where you going to sleep, which sites you want to see and you well prepared to soak the energy, that Rome has to offer.

 

Did you really about to observe Rome? 

what if offer you another way, of losing yourself to the city.

a way that you'll become a "Roman" in a few minutes, you will lose a sense of time and location, no maps, no phones, just walking without any intention and expectation.

you will really see the Roman architecture, you will really live the story of that particular day in Rome.

 

 A way that might push you to forget about all the bullshit of selfie pictures, the will of proving to everybody that you have been in Rome because you going to be really in Rome.

a camera is a tool that will extend the lifetime of your inner child, that want to have fun with the sense of curiosity. 

when you will get into the "zone" of street photography mind, you will travel not just in Rome, you'll travel in space and time, while you opening your eyes to details, that the normal consciences can't reach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2. Adults playground.

walking around with you a camera will help you to realize how much your world is dynamic,

everything is changing all the time, a permanent change.

budda says:

"all things appear and disappear but he who awakens shall be awake forever."

 

So a photo is a fraction of a second, the photo will completely change a second after, even 1\120 of a second.

knowing that, you will realize the unstop movement for your world.

look now at the window, there is any change that passes in front of your eyes?

cars? birds? people? 

the world is changing all the time, and so do you.

reminding that to yourself will make you understand that every bothering emotion will pass, and it will reduce the attachment to the possessive of your happiness.

 

Joel Meyerowitz, a fifth street photographer, tells about the day that change his life, the day he met, one of the best photographers all time- Robert Frank.

 

"It was astonishing for me to stand behind him and wait for the click at the right moment," Joel recalls. "Every time the there was a gesture, there was a click. The small gestures seemed to have a potential for meaning. And I  began to have anticipation. I was starting to play a game. I would say to myself, 'now!' and he would go click! I began to feel the rhythmic flow. And I thought this is amazing!"

  

On the way back to his advertising office, Joel saw the "flow" that Robert expressed, but now in much bigger dimension, the streets of new york!

 right there he decided to quit his job and to be a photographer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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                                                                                                                   Look how many things happening in one photo 

 

3. You can be a book writer.

we all have the same physical needs, but we are so different from each other.

so diverse, every person has a full-fat book story in him, I'm not sure if the story is enough interesting to be a hard seller, but there is a story. 

add to that, moods, moves, lights, background, clothes and you have a world that will seem like a living theater.

cause everything is a story, the college group that wearing a uniform, the lady that wants to be a successful lawyer, so she wore her best clothes and the guy that doesn't give a fuck on the basic structure of our society so he will express himself as a "thug life".

these all a stories!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"I used to think, 'How can I write my life story? I'm still living it.' 

Frank Serpico 

 

 

You are writing your own stories, right now.

the camera, will awake you to this unstoppable content, do want to inspiration to your work? observe, but really observe the world around you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3. The camera is a mirror to your soul.

the photos that you will take of others, will be a self-portrait of yourself!

everything, that really attract your eye, things that seem cool to you is part of you!

if today your eye attracted by a weird person with strange clothes, 2 gay people kissing, and the nature from some interesting perspective.

all of that is part of you. today.

because today you are a bit weird, a bit gay and you had a moment of connection to nature. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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After a while of shooting in the streets, I looked at my work, and I didn't find even one person smiling in it.

not because,  I'm a sad person, just cause I'm trying to get to the truth.

and nothing is more real to me, nothing is more presenting the soul of the person when he is vulnerable.

I admire my melancholic side, and I'm shooting from a place to be a free form that.

so at the time that you I pressed the button, this is a moment that talked to me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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it is a matter of your mood if you are sad everybody will look to same.

everybody at the bus station will look to you as maniacs, a terrible freak.

and when you in a good mood, and you can't hold your smile back, somebody will smile back to you.

so do your photography, it will present your personality.

in my life, I don't psychologist to tell me who am I.

I have the streets.

 

 

5. Manifestation

you will be blessed to see A Magical moments from your mundane.

being out of the street, mixing it up with the chance quality of things potentially appearing out of ordinary reality.

a slice of a moment that it a completely magic.

what if I will tell, that right now, while you reading this.

some of those magical moments passed so many times, and you had the ability to catch that moment to eternity?

and forget for a second about the camera, it is just a tool that will help to see that, that will make you believe that the universe will present himself.

if you didn't saw it so far, it because you didn't look for it.

for instance, when we looking at the work of Henri Cartier Bresson the godfather of street photography work, for example, this iconic work of Henry:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you wonder, how the hell he was so lucky to catch this moment? how the hell he knows to be at the right place and at the right time? 

I will tell you, Henry found a composition that attracts his eyes, and then he waits, and wait, and wait with the faith that some magic will get into this composition, that the world will present himself to this time and space.

and with he clicked...

 

I'm not trying to tell you, to sit in one place and to wait for the universe, I'm just showing you the ability of each one us, to awake to the wonder of the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                             

 

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Street photography completely changed my life.

the moment I realized all of that this above, I found my destiny, and I found my mission, to open other people eyes.

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yours,
Itay