Why do I take all these pictures???

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I see/discover  pictures everywhere.

But why isn’t it enough to store these impessions in my brain, why do I have to share them on SmugMug, Instagram and Twitter??? Publish BLURB-books and send articles to photography magazines (I have got a few published)???

On Digital Photography School I found this  that partially answers my question:

Perhaps there is a deeper psychological explanation. Our time on this earth only lasts for so long, and a camera allows us to preserve memories far past when they might have slipped our mind. It helps us pass those memories into the hands of future generations. Our photos are little legacies of the life we have lived – our travels, experiences, food, family, friends, work relationships and more. Each photo is a window into a moment, and the collections of images we take over the years are a window into who we were and what we valued. Ultimately it comes down to a simple truth – seeing that moment captured makes us genuinely happy.

Photography should make you happy. Never let someone impede on your personal happiness. You love HDRs and someone else doesn’t – who cares? You are enamored with landscapes but your friends think they’re droll – don’t let it bother you. You’re a fashion nut but no one gets your style – just keep being you. Enjoy your photography for what it is – your own. Know that not everyone will appreciate it, but if it personally fulfills you, that’s all that truly matters. Be true to yourself and you’ll never regret a day of your life.

Additionally creative urge is an important impetus (boost) for me.

I’m a lousy drawer and I cannot Paint – my camera is my pencil and paintbrush.

If cut to the bone – ‘struggle for recognition’ (kampf um anerkennung) may be the answer.

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Humanist Photography

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Up till now I have categorized most of the Pictures I share as “Street photography”. I should rather  call it “Humanist Photography”. I base this on that I primarily want to show:

  1. Human interaction
  2. The beauty of man.
  3. Poetry in life
  4. Humor
  5. Caring

This do not happen only in the street. 🙂

Of course I am a realist and aware that the world is not fair and that sorrow is more common than joy. I am sure, however, that other channels keep you informed about this.  Keep in mind that I’m somewhat naive 😉

Street Photography

I’m trying to find out what the term ‘Street Photography’ comprises.

Some of my attempts (click on image to enlarge):

What happens here??

I haven’t the faintest idea. Did the girl in the yellow raincoat fall down from the sky? Did she stumbel (if so – in what) reading her magazine?
The proof that it happened is in my files  – a colour slide telling it occurred in Oslo 29. april 1986. Luftig gange Luftiggange ny scan02Me and my camera was there. 😉

 

The ultimate answer?

A brief excerpt of a conversation that Radcliffe “Ruddy” Roye had with Colin Westerbeck, co-author of Bystander, the definitive book on the history of street photography.
The interview was conducted as part of a promotion for another book, Street Photography 2015. Publisert 21. apr. 2017

Interview With Colin Westerbeck

Great reading

Street Photography Now by Sophie Howarth and Stephen Mc Laren Thames & Hudson 2010

The Street Photographer’s Manual by David Gibson
Thames & Hudson 2014

Recommended links to tutorials etc.:

Magnum learn

#1 MASTERS OF PHOTOGRAPHY: STEVE MCCURRY MASTERCLASS – TRAILER [HD]:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3b2PTR25WE&feature=youtu.be

#2 MASTERS OF PHOTOGRAPHY: JOEL MEYEROWITZ MASTERCLASS – TRAILER [HD]
https://youtu.be/9o-2ef2bfvQ

7 TIPS for Street Photography EduardoPavezGoye
https://youtu.be/g6MaDSG_ibE

A Guide to Street Photography: Matt Stuart, manners and human autofocus | Engadget
https://youtu.be/MhSaR5ckKZI

Celebration of Photography 2017: Matt Stuart about working with the Leica M10:
https://youtu.be/a6ZYJh4eiE0

My Street Photography

The term
I consider myself a Street Photographer – in a somewhat extended understanding of the term. If you include “people” and “candid” you come closer to where to file me.

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