An interesting article by WECC member Nick Bedford on street photography and the idea of “rules”.
I see a lot of articles across the internet claiming to know the "rules to follow" or the "things to avoid" in street photography, easily one of the most hotly debated genres. What they tend to misunderstand is just how little the genre cares for photographic rules, and what the defining elements of street photography really are that go beyond any of the purely photographic elements.
The problem with a lot of street photography is that there is little to no narrative being suggested, such as the commuter walking along a wall mid-step or the person stepping into a shaft of light. In contrast, the most intriguing photographs will have questions flying around them and may even puzzle your viewers as to what is going on. Your viewers may start to build a narrative in their minds, whether truthful or imagined, due to the circumstances of the subject matter and timing.
Nick Bedford has just posted his latest photo blog, Photo Vol. 131 full of 35mm Tri-X street photography and more. Nick also briefly reviews Joel Meyerowitz’ Masterclass course.
I would recommend this course for advanced photographers who are well beyond the learning curve of exposure, composition and cameras and who are now venturing into the rich and infinitely subtle world of expressive and artistic photography, which is most often driven by deeply personal motivations.
Anywhere from 50-100 photographs per post, the goal of Nick’s long running photo blogs isn’t to show just the best work, but all of the work that strikes his interest and feels like sharing. From there, collections of images can be selected for later use in book projects way down the line.
Local WECC member Nick Bedford has published another huge post of B&W Kodak TRI-X street and personal doco photos. He's been shooting with the Nikon FA but just got his Leica M7 back.Read More