Re-learning to take a picture
In late August I took part on the Streethunters.net Street hunt in London. The weekend was divided on a street photography workshop on Friday led by the founder of Street Hunters, Spyros. This workshop was aimed at beginners and though I was warned by Spyros about this, I didn’t mind attending as I thought it would be good to re-fresh the memory. In fact, 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 not getting anything. I was questioning my faith in street photography
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.
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:
Until next time, X.
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