Re-learning to take a picture

Re-learning to take a picture

In late August I took part on the Streethunters.net Streethunt in London. The weekend was divided on a street photography workshop on Friday and the actual Streethunt on Saturday. The workshop was aimed at beginners and though I was warned by Spyros about this, I didn’t mind attending as I had to learn how to take pictures again.

Yes, you read it right. I was so immersed in my commercial and professional work that I barely had time do to any street photography. The few times I went out and shoot with my friends felt so unnatural, even uncomfortable at times. I was getting back home with an ugly feeling of frustration and being upset of not getting any results. I was questioning my faith in street photography

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The weeks leading to the gathering I spent some time reading articles, researching styles and getting into the street photography mindset. I have to admit It wasn’t enjoyable and I realized how much shit content is out there. I had to be selective of what I was reading and pick the right sources of content to help me get back the confidence while shooting in the streets.

I attended the workshop with a very open mind and heart and ready to learn anything from everyone, I was very observant and like a sponge absorbing all the valuable information presented to me.

It was such a pleasure to meet Thomas Ludwig of Cosyspeed who sponsored the Streethunt. He is an incredible photographer with a very refined eye. I quietly observed his style of shooting and re-learnt that street photography is ones personal view of what happens on the streets and the creative possibilities are endless. 

Later on I spent some time with Spyros and saw his swift style of shooting strangers. The time spent with him was re-assuring of the technical, creative and personal challenges of doing street photography. 

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 Something that will stay in the back of my head for along time is what they said during the workshop; that I wasn’t happy with my street photography because I’m a professional and my priority is to shoot for other people. That affects my approach and mindset for street photography. Never thought about it but it’s true. Having learnt that, I completely changed my routine for taking pictures in the street, I do the exact opposite as I would for a commercial shoot and I care less about getting things right. I focus on the streets and what’s happening in front of me… and I’m not afraid of using a flash!

The whole experience was liberating, re-assuring and inspiring, I can’t wait to meet these guys again.

Click on the following link to see the Streethunt: London Streethunt

Here are a few more pictures from the weekend: 

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All images ©XDBPhotography/Xavier D. Buendia do not use, reproduce, modify without written permission

Hasta la proxima!

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