Photos in this article are outtakes/shots Eric is considering for his on-going “Suits” project.
One of the things I love most about street photography is how open and democratic it is. Anybody with any camera can shoot street photography. You don’t need anything fancy. Not only that, but street photography is accessible to everybody. You don’t need to be in Paris– you can simply shoot in your backyard.
However one problem that plagues street photography and life in general is this need for status.
In this article I will touch upon two aspects of status when it comes to street photography: 1) Status via cameras/equipment, and 2) Status via social media:
Why do we crave for status?
To be human, we naturally seek to gain or elevate our status. We do this in many different ways:
First, we can try to gain dominance in a social circle by becoming the “alpha male” (or alpha female). Secondly, what we often do is seek material things which raise our status. This can be buying a BMW, having a Louie Vuitton handbag, buying a bigger house, or as a street photographer– owning a Leica.
When I started street photography around 6 years ago, I remember googling “street photography” and coming upon Henri Cartier-Bresson. I heard that he used a Leica most of his entire life– and was blown away by his images. The sucker in me was lead to believe it was because he shot with a Leica– that he was able to create such amazing images.
Therefore started my black hole into lusting after a Leica. I remember reading countless amounts of reviews on Leica’s– and how amazing they were. I started to imagine myself–looking cool, Leica slung over my shoulder, casually strolling the streets of Paris– snapping away like the master himself.
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