Think of it this way: Street photography, when it is best, taps in to the stream of life. You don’t only see it . You feel it.
The difference between photography and mere mechanical picturetaking, is seeing the difference and reacting on it.
Street photography does this in a way that is unique compared to any other type of photography. It is closer to social life than any other.
That is where the fascination comes from. In the short waves of social intimacy
Tapping into the stream of life depends on four things: that there is a life; that there is someone there to see it; that there is someone around to record it; finally that there are instruments to record it with.
So what is necessary, then, are these four things: the photographed; the photographer; the photographing instrument; and a way of seeing.
The first three comes easy since they are already parts of the stream of life. The forth thing comes hard because it first have to find its way. Then it can go to work.
In no way is it an easy task.
Street photography, when at its best, manages just that. Tapping into the stream of life.
French translation (to come).
© Knut Skjærven. All rights reserved. 12/01/14
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