A street photographer’s shadow self-portrait

A street photographer's shadow self-portrait

A street photographer’s shadow self-portrait

It seems like it is almost a requirement for all street photographers to, at some point, take at least one shadow self-portrait…oftentimes, many more than one.

I was riding the neighborhood a few days ago right before sunset and noticed my shadow in the parking lot of Fresh Market and thought “oh, this is just too good to ignore.”

From the shadow you can get an idea of the type of bicycle I ride.  Most people would describe it as a classic-looking Dutch or British style citi bike.  Mine is made by Biria (who happens to supply the bicycles for the Citibank Citibike program in various cities).  It’s a functional bike that I use for transportation and recreation i.e. it’s not a road speed bike or mountain bike.  In a typical week I can accomplish 90% of my errands on my bike:  grocery store, CVS, bank, library, etc.

What is street photography?

Wikipedia’s definition of street photography:

“Street photography is photography that features the human condition within public places and does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban environment. The subject of the photograph might be absent of people and can be an object or environment where the image projects a decidedly human character in facsimile or aesthetic.

Framing and timing are key aspects of the craft, with the aim of creating images at a decisive or poignant moment. Much of what is now widely regarded, stylistically and subjectively, as definitive street photography was made in the era spanning the end of the 19th Century through to the late 1970s; a period which saw the emergence of portable cameras. The portable camera enabled candid photography in public places became an issue of discussion. Street photographers create fine art photography (including street portraits) by capturing people in public places, often with a focus on emotions displayed, thereby also recording people’s history from an emotional point of view. Social documentary photographers operate in public places documenting people and their behavior in public places for recording people’s history and other purposes. Services like Google Street Viewalso record the public place at a massive scale. Photojournalists work in public places, capturing newsworthy events, which may include people and private property visible from public places.”

Encyclopedia Britanica’s definition of street photography:

“Street photography, a genre that records everyday life in a public place. The very publicness of the setting enables the photographer to take candid pictures of strangers, often without their knowledge. Street photographers do not necessarily have a social purpose in mind, but they prefer to isolate and capture moments which might otherwise go unnoticed.”

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