What is street photography? Why do I do it? What "Kind" of photographer am I? I will answer these questions in my upcoming blog section which will be the future home of what I would consider to be some of my best work. I hope you enjoy the photos and please feel free to leave comments and related feedback.
What is street photography?
There is a lot of debate about What "Street Photography" actually means and entails. Too me it is nothing more than Chance and random encounters with strangers wherever people live in bunches. This can even be a small town so long as there is a "Center or Main Street" if you will. If this exists then street photography can be done. Your environment doesn't have to be urban.
Why Do it?
Because it's fun!? I think that question in of itself is a bit rhetorical and subjective at the same time. But there are a number of reasons to do it. For instance the photo on the right did not and could not have happened when I first moved to this part of Oakland. Mostly because these homes were not yet built and this was an overgrown vacant lot. So this photo, and the ones before it of the vacant lot are a kind of archive and history of this particular part of the world however small and that is the beauty of street photography! And more to the point, photography in general. No scene on any given day are ever the same!
Can I do it?
Absolutely! the only thing required to be a street photographer or any kind of photographer all you need is one small thing! A camera! Now I know what you're thinking? But Darryl. Cameras are expensive and I don't have money. NONSENSE! You have a camera on you right now and you use it everyday! For some of us it's an iPhone for others it's an Android device. But the photos that these devices make are good enough to get you started and have about a 28mm focal length which is a great focal point to get started with street photography if for no other reason than it will teach you to get close to your subjects and getting close to your subjects is where the emotion is!