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:
You get the idea, right?
Have you got any preferred angles for your photography? let me know in the comments.
Until next time.