As a street photographer, I try to get out of my office a few afternoons each week and walk the streets. What I love the most about street photography is the pure spontaneity and randomness (as opposed to studio photography) — I mean, you just never know what you’ll find. One afternoon last week I was walking down Main Street in Coconut Grove and saw this really cool modified Volkswagen (VW) Microbus parked by Greenstreet Cafe. The VW Bus has a special place in my life because my mom used to drive a bright orange 1976 bus and I took my driver’s license exam in that bus.
But the one I spotted last week was unlike one I had ever seen. It was half the normal length. As I approached it, fortunately the owner, local dentist Claudio Miro, was hopping into the driver’s seat. Enjoy!
So, just what is “street photography”?……
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.”
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.”
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