On a recent set of trips, I set out to capture some street photography and try out some new techniques at the same time. I’ll publish the results in a set of 3 blogs over the next week or so, but wanted to talk about the inspiration behind the photos. The two locations, Barcelona and Paris are two major european cities but the photos could have been taken in most locations, with the exception of the major landmarks in the background naturally.
Street photography can appear voyeuristic in nature and intrusive. It can also provide an interesting perspective such as the glimpse out of the corner of your eye or an image that you briefly capture in your mind but will find impossible to commit to memory. How many times have you passed someone in the street or at a location and wished you had a second glance? The subjects are unposed, do not know that they are the subject of your photo and therefore this can raise a dilemma in some people’s minds as to the ethics of such a shot. None of these people sign model release forms but then again they are not published for commercial use either.
You can make your own mind up as to your own views but these views are my sincere recreation of what I saw on those days. The images I have selected are first from Paris. The bride touching up her make up at the Eiffel Tower as part of the wedding shoot, the National Police going about their business and the candy floss seller. All shot within a 100 yard distance of each other but each with a different story.
The black and white makes this a more powerful collection and add a touch of drama from the usual posed holiday snap as does the fact the subjects are unaware of their contribution to this blog. More to come from Paris in later blogs.