A reader says “I can’t see the point of street photography”

Yes, that’s right!

I recently received an email from a reader who was commenting on my articles about street shooting.

It is one of the longest, drawn out emails I’ve ever received, listing all the negative points about this art, negatives I didn’t even know existed. But it does show you what can happen if we decide to walk the path down the negative side of things, whatever the subject may be.

I won’t renege on my original promise of not revealing who sends emails or where from, but as the guy must have spent an awful long time researching the subject, it would be wrong not to answer.

Here is my answer…..

“Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”  – Friedrich Nietzsche




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8 Responses to A reader says “I can’t see the point of street photography”

  1. Doris says:

    I agree with you, you have to go with the positive, I love street photography because it shows the real side of story, just look at this photo the kids are happy against an old building, even the door has a story.

    • well…im very glad you see something in that photo, doris! thats the whole ethos of taking street shots as you know…those few seconds of life that we will never ever see again…if we look at it that way, then people can realise why we do it…thanks so much for droppong in!

  2. As I don’t engage in street photography myself, I can speak with no authority (although I’ve seen lots), however, I would comment that good street photography ought to bear the same good form as other photography in it’s presentation and that ‘a moment in time’ doesn’t necessarily make for a good picture – an interesting record perhaps, but not necessarily a good picture.
    Personally, I can’t imagine a visual medium without street photography.

    • glad you agree with at least some of the ethos behind street shots, steve!
      and yes, you are right…a street shot doesnt necessarily automatically become the shot of the year…its just a split second in life…a second that will never, ever be the same again…

  3. brulionman says:

    smart answer 🙂

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