Lights at day and night in Berlin-Mitte, Januar 2020
This is the last sunset of the year in Berlin with fantastic light. It has been a while that I walked out the door for the purpose of taking street photos. I’m glad, I did.
Due to the european General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) I reduced my engagement in street photography. In fact, taking pictures of strangers in the streets without asking them for permission is illegal now. But nevertheless I decided to publish a few of my older street pictures at an exhibition. It is a very new experience for me and I like it.
If you are interested and in Berlin the next days, come and see.
“La Bohème”, Winsstr. 12, 10405 Berlin
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last week I bought a fantastic book with photographs by Fred Herzog. This German-born and Vancouver-based photographer is known for his street photography in color at a time, when mostly black-and-white images where commonly accepted as art. I first came to his work about three years ago and was very impressed by his pictures about daily life in Vancouver.