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Title: more street photography
Post by: Beaux Reflets on July 13, 2011, 07:48:06 AM
Saw this having not come across David Peat's work before, and thought others may enjoy it too http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-14126913 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-14126913) No telephoto lens either; and as he says, with greater emphasis on privacy perhaps its a declining art  :legit:
Title: Re: more street photography
Post by: ABERS on July 13, 2011, 07:57:25 AM
Wonderful stuff, just stumbled across it a minute or so ago. It's nice to see the work of an accomplished photographer without all the pretentious twaddle that usually accompanies such an exhibition.
Title: Re: more street photography
Post by: Beaux Reflets on July 13, 2011, 08:09:59 AM
Totally agree, I would love to see more of his work.   :idea: Perhaps there ought to be a point in time (x number of years after a shot is taken) when privacy laws exempt the need of a signature to publish, such that the art can survive with all its clarity and true grit.
Title: Re: more street photography
Post by: michaelb104 on July 13, 2011, 08:14:04 AM
Really enjoyed that, thanks for highlighting it Andy.  The bloke with the fishing rod, just brilliant.

I really wish I had the eye to see the photograph, can you learn it or are you born with it?
Title: Re: more street photography
Post by: Beaux Reflets on July 13, 2011, 08:25:32 AM
My guess is that you are born with it and you can learn it. Looking at the shots there is an element of humour shining through quite a few of them and that possibly reflects the togs view of life in general.  ;) Quirky things often stand out and perhaps the secret is to always carry a camera at the ready.  :tup:
Title: Re: more street photography
Post by: jinky on July 13, 2011, 08:45:20 AM
Lovely stuff. It would indeed be sad to lose this style of recording social history through the panics that go on now re: photography. It`s not like we are hacking their phone / lives!
Title: Re: more street photography
Post by: Beaux Reflets on July 13, 2011, 09:01:35 AM
Lovely stuff. It would indeed be sad to lose this style of recording social history through the panics that go on now re: photography. It`s not like we are hacking their phone / lives!

I think an individuals privacy is very important, especially in a vastly different world with Internet of today etc. I would not be happy to breach anyones privacy even in public places. So I am all for the privacy laws that abound. I do however think a registered time span would satisfy, as the Art is not for money or of criminal purpose but simply one of social record.
Title: Re: more street photography
Post by: krennon on July 13, 2011, 02:49:33 PM
Some great shots there, I just wish I had the nerve to do it, maybe we should do another meet soon for some street stuff whadda ya reckon...maybe even a wander round London and onto speakers corner if anyone's up for it, safety in numbers and all that...
Title: Re: more street photography
Post by: ABERS on July 13, 2011, 04:12:51 PM


I really wish I had the eye to see the photograph, can you learn it or are you born with it?
I think it's an attitude to life that makes you see things that are unusual, quirky, amusing as far as street photography is concerned.

I suppose there are those street shots that show misery, degredation and squalor and I'm not too sure what your attitude is then, a bit of a crusader I suppose.

Elliot Erwitt has the former in abundance. 8)
Title: Re: more street photography
Post by: spinner on July 13, 2011, 04:43:15 PM
No telephoto lens either; and as he says, with greater emphasis on privacy perhaps its a declining art  :legit:

And it's completely understandable, what with being depicted as either, a pedophile, terrorist or paparazzi is it any wonder street togs are reluctant to take to the field? :'(
Title: Re: more street photography
Post by: CML-1591 on July 13, 2011, 04:57:11 PM

I really wish I had the eye to see the photograph, can you learn it or are you born with it?

Some born, some not
some learn what works and what doesn't
some sit and wait.

Some just go out to shoot and shoot and shoot and so practice/get used to it, so it does not bother them no more.

Only way to learn it is to go out loads and shoot
Title: Re: more street photography
Post by: nickt on July 13, 2011, 05:10:27 PM
....perhaps its a declining art  ......
You wouldn't think so if you go on flickr. There's loads of street photography groups. There are also various sites purely for street photography and street candids. I'm getting braver and use a 35mm or 50mm as it's the only way to get that shot.
Nick
Title: Re: more street photography
Post by: ABERS on July 13, 2011, 06:56:22 PM
Agreed, Street Photography is  alive and kicking on Flickr as shown by the number of groups that are there. Unfortunately street photography seems to mean different things to many different people.
Of the thousands of contributors that post their pictures there they seem to be under the impression that because their picture has been taken in the street it automatically becomes 'Street Photography' when perhaps it should be urban landscape or candid photography.
Title: Re: more street photography
Post by: Oldboy on July 13, 2011, 07:28:00 PM
Of the thousands of contributors that post their pictures there they seem to be under the impression that because their picture has been taken in the street it automatically becomes 'Street Photography' when perhaps it should be urban landscape or candid photography.

It depends on what you mean by Street Photography?  ???
Title: Re: more street photography
Post by: Beaux Reflets on July 13, 2011, 07:40:17 PM
Of the thousands of contributors that post their pictures there they seem to be under the impression that because their picture has been taken in the street it automatically becomes 'Street Photography' when perhaps it should be urban landscape or candid photography.

It depends on what you mean by Street Photography?  ???

I doubt there is a definitive as every shot is a record of a moment in time, be it a wreck of a building, eyesore sky scraper or a litterbin being peed on by a dog; all may effectively display some element of human hand and document a social aspect of the time.  :tup: 
Title: Re: more street photography
Post by: nickt on July 13, 2011, 10:21:58 PM
Of the thousands of contributors that post their pictures there they seem to be under the impression that because their picture has been taken in the street it automatically becomes 'Street Photography' when perhaps it should be urban landscape or candid photography.

It depends on what you mean by Street Photography?  ???

I doubt there is a definitive as every shot is a record of a moment in time, be it a wreck of a building, eyesore sky scraper or a litterbin being peed on by a dog; all may effectively display some element of human hand and document a social aspect of the time.  :tup:
You've put the cat amongst the pigeons mentioning social and document(ary) in a thread about street photography!
http://www.flickr.com/groups/social_documentary/discuss/72157602740519887/
Title: Re: more street photography
Post by: Beaux Reflets on July 13, 2011, 10:40:21 PM
I meant, social as being aspects of society - and without the (ary) bit   :-\ :2funny:, document as being a photographic record  :tup: :-[   :beer:
Title: Re: more street photography
Post by: ABERS on July 14, 2011, 08:22:21 AM
We all seem to interpret things differently and subsequently it all becomes a bit of a mishmash. There is always the occasion where an image gets a bit blurry around the edges when trying to categorize it and perhaps it can fit into two or even three categories.

The Speakers' Corner project that I've been engaged in over many years, I regard as documentary, i.e. documenting the activities, the speakers and the spoken to, the changing emphasis on the subjects discussed etc. However you can easily slot any of the pictures into street and candid, if it so suits.

Documentary can then become confused with 'record',which I regard as the attempt to portray a subject for posterity. Buildings, statuary and perhaps even weddings ???

Does it really matter though? Perhaps the only time it matters is when or if you enter the picture in a competition which is specific in its class. The good old catchall section is Pictorial, so maybe we should all say that's where our photography sits. ;)
Title: Re: more street photography
Post by: Jonathan on July 14, 2011, 03:56:22 PM
Talking of street photography.....

Here's a chap I know from the 'net.  http://nicholas-adams.tumblr.com/

Now and again he will just pack a small bag, jump on a plane and wander the streets somewhere.  Right now he's in Bangladesh posting pictures several times a day.

A couple of people have said to him "aw, I wish I could do that".  His reply is simple - "go do it".  If you wait for somebody to ask you to do it then you'll wait a long time.
Title: Re: more street photography
Post by: ABERS on July 14, 2011, 06:58:08 PM
That's really encouraged me. I'll look out my bus pass and get the 411 to Southall and wander around the streets there!  ;)
Title: Re: more street photography
Post by: picsfor on July 14, 2011, 07:59:01 PM
Some good pics, but then i enjoy the street photography thing. I never really get into the aspect of categorisation.

I'm always impressed with how different people achieve the results they do.
Title: Re: more street photography
Post by: irv_b on July 14, 2011, 11:07:31 PM
That's really encouraged me. I'll look out my bus pass and get the 411 to Southall and wander around the streets there!  ;)

 ;D ;D
Title: Re: more street photography
Post by: Jonathan on July 15, 2011, 07:43:37 AM
That's really encouraged me. I'll look out my bus pass and get the 411 to Southall and wander around the streets there!  ;)

Look forward to seeing that.  Glad to have inspired you.