The true test of a good street shot!

Whenever I get together with a few people in Vancouver, who want to shoot street scenes, I always try to point out to them that by all means they should shoot whatever their mind’s eye tells them to, fine.

But I always try and emphasise that whatever they shoot, they should attempt to make sure that there is some kind of meaning in that shot.

The shot should tell a story (remember ” a picture is worth a 1000 words”?).

And if you look at the top street shoot professionals, say Daido Moriyama, Nobuyoshi Araki, Henri Cartier Bresson, Brassai and others, their photos always have something to say….there is a story in them, or some sort of statement that the viewer can go away with.

To illustrate this point, take a look at this photo that I cut out of a newspaper recently. It’s a street shot taken in Chicago sometime in the 1930s. Nothing special about that. But look closely…look at almost any corner of the shot and you can something happening…people talking, people walking, some standing, looking, etc etc.

Still not clear enough? Ok; read on…

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Now look what happens if I take that same photo above, and cut out parts of it. Each part becomes a story, or a possible story, in itself:


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See what I mean? Even though each little cut-out was a part of that bigger shot, taken on their own, these little cut-outs from the main shot tell a story themselves, a possible story.

That has always been my maxim….to try and take shots which have something going on in them, so much, that if you wanted, you could chop the shots up into pieces, and still come away with lots of little stories to tell from the remnants!




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ME & MY PASSION! ok, you probably looked at the length of this "about me" page and thought, god, what's wrong with this guy!....does he have to start telling us his life story or something!!? well, youve come here now anyways, so why not hear what im like as a person, eh? ive been using film cameras for well over 30 first one being the family yashicamat twin lens! over the years, ive both bought sold and collected film cameras...too many to tell the truth! in fact, ive been buying and selling cameras well before the internet came on the scene, so anything you purchase from me is backed by my self-styled moneyback promise.....if you dont like what youve bought, send it back within 14 days and you get all your money arguments!! WHERE I STAND ON THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION! yes, i do use digital as well, but only as a ready-reckoner...i try and take most shots with my simple 2megapixel digicam....if the shot looks good, i pull out my film camera and shoot! i most defintely do not believe in digital manipulation of photographs....that in my eyes is not photography...its cheating! WHERE I USED TO LIVE, WHERE I AM NOW & WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO! i used to live in Ontario, Canada, but moved back to the UK a little while ago (its a long story..!)...but now i'm living in the one place i always wanted to be...Vancouver, BC..the next best thing to paradise on earth! as i work as a freelance writer as well as other things, i often find hat my work takes me to europe for short spells, so i get to travel a lot...not a blessing, as i just hate long flights! im a qualified Quality Assurance guy (you know...ISO 9000, auditing, documentation etc) ....99% of my skill-set is transferable so i can handle any admin or documentation-related roles....see you in BC! otherwise, i specialise in ISO 9000 auditing and documentation. my dream? to have my own thriving camera shop in Vancouver BC, whilst living in the mountains somewhere.....the best of both worlds!
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