All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.
Too much of street photography today is merely, for want of a better expression, “soundbites”. It often consists of the quirky, the humorous, the off beat and the downright bizarre. Those ‘decisive moments’ we look for which make an image attractive and aesthetically pleasing. This is ok ! it has its place.
Street photography is difficult. The street photography practitioner must be sure in their own mind what he is doing and why he is doing it and be prepared to fight their corner. The ethical justification can be a maze !
My images do not seek to ridicule or treat anyone with derision or contempt . On the contrary. My images are not necessarily concerned with the individuals contained within them but in treating them as metaphors for society as a whole. That is the society that I see with my own eyes. In that sense my images are as much about me and how I feel about the world around me as they are about the subject matter, the streets where much of life is played out. Much of my work is about the ordinary, the mundane, those scenes that we tend to take for granted or pass by without a second glance.
Now ! Go out, take pictures, make images, be creative. There are no rules. Do what pleases you, say something, have an opinion, challenge the status quo. If other people like your work, great ! If they don’t then so what ? Don’t give a damn. Make work first and foremost for yourself. Read ! Don’t just read books about photography. Read the classics, the great novels of our time. Read those books which inform you us about what it is to be human. Write your own stuff too.