I have started a new photography project.The long, dark winter evenings are fine for shooting available light photographs of city lights. I do the whole project with a normal prime lens. All the pictures will be developed in black and white.
The approach is therefore very old-fashioned. No strobe, high iso, normal prime lens, black & white. I love the normal lens. It´s unspectacular, but very precise. There are no special effects, it´s just the picture composition that counts. Here is typical example of what these pictures look like.
Many photographers say, a good picture has to be sharp. Usually I also throw all the unsharp or otherwise “bad” pictures away in the first step of the workflow, which is the first scan of the pictures after importing them to adobe lightroom. But sometimes there are pictures that are not sharp, shot with high iso and a bit noisy -”bad” pictures. And I keep them. Because they are not sharp, but focused.
The camera sees the world with her own eyes. A photographic picture is more than a snapshot of realtity. It is – in the end – the interpretation of the reality by the photographer. A good photographer has it´s own view of the world, his own focus which means much more than the accurate focus of the lens. Look at this picture for example … dancing girl. It is not really sharp. But it is focused on emotion, concentration and humanity.
The most important skill of a street photographer is a deep interest in the behavior of people. It´s not that kind of interest that a scientist might have nor is it a kind of voyeurism. What I mean is the esteem of every humans individualtity and the knowledge that we all do odd things sometimes – just because we are humans too.
People do things like that – it´s human.
Today I took my Canon G10 with me and went to a small asian restaurant for lunch. After that I took a short 20 minute walk through the main street to take a few photo shots.
I ended up taking some shots of guys building a big stage on the central market place. Tonight there will be an open air concert. There are thousands of interesting pictures out there, just around the corner. All we must do is going for a walk and seek them open eyed and open minded.
Some of the images will be found soon on human-life-photography.
Why not? This blog will focus on humans (and humanity). I will try to write some more or less interesting thoughts on human nature. Another important topic will be the impact of human being on nature (and on other humans).
From time to time I will write about more technical stuff, especially on photography. Although I´m very interested in the “hardware” aspects of photography I will focus on the creative part of imaging. Why do I make photographic pictures? It is simply the interest in what the the world looks like through the lense of a camera. The view of a camera is different to that of a human (which, btw, is also very different to that of other animals).
This blog will develop, it is like a very young child. I invite you to watch it growing.