Dutch Angles on Street Photography

A favorite technique of mine when doing street photography is to tilt my camera at a scene and blindly try to frame my subjects to create a bit of tension and impact but most importantly, to do things a bit less ordinary; this technique is commonly known as the Dutch Angle

The Dutch angle comes from cinema and it’s commonly used to give a sense of unease and disorientation. It can be also known as the oblique angle, the canted angle or the German angle. In this case, Dutch is a mistranslation from Deutsch meaning German because the tilt was heavily used in German films from the 1930s and 40s.

The Batman show in the 60s had a heavy use of the Dutch angle, particularly in any scenes where there were villains; Tarantino uses it a lot as well. I’m a big fan of both so it had to come into my street photography at some point.

 On with some street photography examples:

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Dutch Angle on Street Photography

Dutch Angle on street photography

Dutch Angle on street photograohy

You get the idea, right?

Have you got any preferred angles for your photography? let me know in the comments.

Until next time.