Updated: Jun 11, 2019
Street photography-getting started, ready, set go...
I know how you're feeling, street photography could come with a lot of fear and insecurity.
like every art form, at the beginning part is hard to express your thoughts and ideas with the limited skill tool that you have. I remember my beginning, it was quite frustrating, I felt a lot of pressure to get good results and specially the fear to capture controlled me.
So I turned to street cats for fine objects, but I was always curious about people's behavior, as I find people the most complex and interesting subject.
It took quite a while until I was able to find my "spark" to street photography.
and it took a while to turn the "stranger" into "actors" of my mind.
So Don't give up! all you need is to start to create a flow!
It takes time, but Street photography has true magic. It is one of the most powerful tools to connect with your surrounding and reality.
And if you are reading this, I believe you need a small push.
I would be happy to help with you navigate your path to street photography,
here is some my 5 basic principles that helped me to create a "flow":
but first, what is street photography?
Street photography is just documenting human life , the way people live and interact with one another.
It doesn't have to include people, but the story will be much clear with them in it.
Although there are some photos, that delivers a strong image of humanity, without humans.
like this one by Robert Frank:
But in one way or another, as a street photographer, you will need to handle with the fear to interact with people, and it is not hard as you think, I promise.
all you need is to create a "flow"
What is a flow?
it's hard to explain, so I will let to Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s who did a full research on what is a creative flow to explain:
“A state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience is so enjoyable that people will continue to do it even at great cost, for the sheer sake of doing it.”
5 methods to get into the flow:
I have a powerful starting point for you!
why people are interesting?
just walk and observe and the answer will be revealed,
look at people and exchange eye contacts, you will find of untold stories and by eye contacting you will get you closer to them.
walk slowly around for 15-20 minutes,breath and feel your feet touching the ground.
try to be present to our fast and dynamic world.
forget about the camera, trust you inner peace process, it is essential.
By the walking meditation, I remind myself again how much human beings are an interesting creatures.
and this is why I am here for, and this is wh