street photography

Are you on THE STREETS?

The first issue of THE STREETS is here!  I can't believe it went from idea to magazine in less than two months.  I am inspired by the photographers who contributed their work to the magazine.  I feel like I already see more in the world because of them.  You can look inside the magazine here - 

Focus

I'm feeling the need to focus my street photography into something.  And to foster more connections between the viewer and the subject.  And to help some people in the process.  

So, I'm kicking around the idea of a digital magazine...maybe one day in print.  A magazine with collaborations from other street photographers.  A magazine with style and art and stories from the streets.

A magazine that could foster connections between different worlds and offer different perspectives on the same issues.  

My husband thinks I'm absolutely insane.

And I respect his opinion.

But I'm still considering it...

What do you think?

 

 

Closer

I normally do street photography with an 85mm lens.  It's great for portraits, and on a full frame camera it's pretty close to what your natural eye sees.  But I like to switch it up, so I borrowed a 24mm lens from a friend.  And WOW, this is a "get up close and personal" type of lens.  You have to be in someone's personal space to get a good picture.

At first, I was taking photos from a normal distance, but then subject looks so far away.  To give you perspective, this next guy was about 5 feet away from me, but he looks like he's way over there.

So, I started taking photos as I walked by people.  And I had to be right next to them to even make it look like this - 

I tried shooting from the hip as I crossed the street - 

Finally, I decided to stand right in front of them like I was taking a picture of a good friend.

I thought I would get a reaction out of this guy above, because I was really close to him as we crossed.  But he just kept a straight face and kept walking.

I don't know if you get better pictures, but you definitely get better reactions when you are this close.

People

I ran across a lot of interesting people today in Fairlie-Poplar...

...including another street photographer in my territory - 

He was throwing me off at first.  Then I went over and talked to him.  We had a nice conversation about photography, art, and Atlanta.

I'm glad I got the photo of him smiling.  I often get that reaction after the initial shot but rarely capture it.  I need to practice shooting from the hip, because these next people smiled and waved at me after I brought my camera down and waved at them.

This was the most interesting person I met today - 

He looked perfect in front of the Flatiron Building with his black and white umbrella and suit.  We talked for a while about the skin cancer of various Presidents' relatives.  Toward the end of our conversation he told me he is running for Georgia State Senator...for the 5th time.  This is Kenneth Quarterman - a persistent man who carries around a lot of facts in his head.

Candids

Today, I got out of my car downtown and heard voices behind me.  So, I turned around and took a picture.

And that started my day of candids.  I walked down to the Georgia State campus where classes were changing.  And I saw a few familiar faces.  The girl who carries a coffee and a cello - 

cello.jpg

And Taylor, who always looks cute and unique - 

Then, there were some new, beautiful faces - 

Awesome hair.  I would love for her to model for me.  I can just picture it - 

And then some more candids as I walked along - 

This last one wasn't candid, but it is one of my favorites.  Visitors from Florida looking stylish in the city - 

A Quick Jaunt

I was craving some street photography today, so I swung by downtown for about 45 minutes.  First, I walked by Downtown Switchyards, which just opened.  It is a workspace for design and consumer focused companies.  I've been watching the renovations for a while, so it's nice to see it open and full of people.  There is a coffee shop on the front, but it's "members only".  So I took pictures through the window -  

Then, I walked over to Fairlie Street and saw this guy standing outside of Slice texting, smoking, and drinking a beer.  I thought he looked cool, so I took this picture.  Then, I thought he would look good in a close-up, so I walked up and asked him if I could take his picture.  He said, "No, I'd rather not."  "Why not?" I asked.  "I don't like how I look in pictures."  So, I moved on...but I'm showing you the one I already took...only because I think he looks good (the hat, the beard, the chain, the shoes).  Maybe he'll see this one day and like it.  

Then, I walked up and saw this guy -

I asked him what he was doing.  He said he was taking a selfie.  And it looked pretty good.  I offered to help him, but I couldn't figure out how to work his phone.  So, I just told him to let me take it with my camera.  

I think that's better than a selfie.

I turned to my right and saw a pretty girl eating pizza, so I took a shot through the window -

Moving on, I spotted a couple of interesting people on Broad Street - 

It was a fun little jaunt for today.

You don't have to do it that way

A lot of us go through life doing what we think we are expected to do.  We fall into line.  But how often do we ask - 

Why am I doing this???

 

I ask that question a lot.  Especially around the holidays.  I read this quote yesterday - 

To me, ‘busy’ implies that the person is out of control of their life.
— Derek Silvers

I definitely feel a little out of control around the holidays.  And it's often because I'm allowing other people to add things to my schedule.

I want to say "yes" only to the things I can accept with open arms.

The things that bring joy.

I've been trying not to complain this month, but the complaints are bubbling up constantly.  I have to take the complaints as signals that maybe I should say "no" more often.  If you don't look at the early signals, you might explode.

I'm going to offend a lot of traditionalists by saying - 

You don't have to do it that way just because it's always been done. 

Maybe it is a good thing (the thing someone asks you to do) and maybe you need to come to terms with it.  Or maybe you need to go back and say "no".  Either way, ask - 

Why Why Why

Then, you can proceed with joy.