This year in street photography has been different for me than the three years before. No workshops, no photowalks with others and only a few planned street shootings. Most of the photographs where shot coincidentally, but I trained my skills and had more keepers per shooting. And strolling through the city is a pure joy and a remedy for dark moments.
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Processed with Blackie
I’m still interested in candid pictures of strangers but I’m also experimented with geometrical forms. Still processing more photographs in black and white, still digital but with an analog attitude. As a compensation I took a lot of travel and nature photographs.
I like my two mirrorless Fuji cameras but I realized, that I took most of my pics with my smartphone. It’s an unobtrusive, tiny little workhorse with a lab included, available at any time. It’s the easiest way to process my black and white pictures using the app Blackie. Technically spoken I don’t need much more than this combo.
I took part in competitions (like last year), won nothing (like last year) but experiences and got professional feedback. For next year I planned a small exhibition of my work. I’m grown with my pictures and I think, I have a few keepers to show, just for fun.
We have a word in German – Weltanschauung – literally for seeing the world, but in the meaning of philosophy of life or ideology. The point is: To know and understand the world, you have to see the world. The best way to do this, is to travel. It’s an expensive affair, but you ‘ve got to spoil yourself sometimes.
Scooter behind Sagrada Familia
Two weeks ago I traveled to Barcelona, three days for exploration, rest and relaxation.
When Olivier Ficco from strassenfotos asked me that question last year, I couldn’t answer first. “Best memory” isn’t the same like “best picture”. If he had asked for the last, the answer wouldn’t have been much easier. Is it sharp, well composed, vibrant, contrasty? Is it often viewed, liked or commented at my Instagram or Flickr stream? Regardless of the content and the technical quality I like pictures, wich tell a story about the subject or the photographer itself. For every photo I’ve taken on the streets is a story – a memory – behind.
The first weekend last month in Berlin was springtime for a day or two. The streets, cafés and hotspots where overcrowded with people. A perfect opportunity for taking pictures. So I grabbed my camera, backup-camera, batteries and hit the streets.
A few weeks ago I got a message from Matt.
Hi – my name is Matt, and I work at Artsy. While researching Henri Cartier-Bresson, I found your page: http://fleetingpix.net/blog/color-vs-bw-in-street-photography/.
I am reaching out to certain website and blog owners that publish content in line with our mission to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone. We hope to continue promoting arts education and accessibility with your help.
Berlin Alexanderplatz | 2017
Sometimes I turn my head away from happy people, full of envy. How can they be so happy and why I’m not. Where is my happiness, how can I get it back? In those moments I feel like I’m the unhappiest guy on earth.
Il bacio condotto
This version tells a story
2016 was year number three in shooting in the streets for me. Again I discovered and learned a lot. In January I met the famous street photographer Thomas Leuthard at a photo walk in Berlin at -3°C. I took only a few pictures because I had to ask and talk too much, but it was a great experience to meet and talk to other street photographers.
“HAUSSE” | Berlin, 2016
When I go thru online street photography galleries, I mostly find titles or image captions only with place and date like “New York, 2016”. Eric Kim told me in a workshop, that this approach is more documentary, chronicle and professional. The idea behind this: A picture in (street) photography has to „speak“ for itself. Instead of finding his own story a certain title could direct a viewer to a story, that only the photographer has seen.
Shot with iPhone
You can find tons of suggestions about camera gear in the internet, especially for street photographers. The more I do and practice street photography, the more I realize, that literally any kind of camera is suitable for street photography, even smartphones. It is less a question of brand or specification than more of purpose and practice.
Sometimes I need a distance
I love my family, my friends and my work, but sometimes I need a distance – literally, to keep the balance right. That’s why I went to Prague by bus last week, found an inexpensive hotel in the city center and had three days for shooting.
I haven’t been there for over 30 years and nearly all my recollections of the city where lost. The only thing I could remember was the medieval “Charles Bridge” (see picture above).
In preparation for the travel I downloaded an app called Fripito, witch is a digital travel/photo guide. I bought the “Enchanting Prague” by Michal Vitasek per in-app purchase. Now I had a guide for the best places with fantastic views of Prague in my pocket. Not only that, combined with the navigation inside the app I could reach all the places from every starting point I wanted.