To some people, and to me up to a point, these are not images which can qualify as 'street' ... they are mainly snap shots and candid portraits... The images below are the results of a 65 minute walk in my neighborhood this afternoon, taking into account what was appreciated from one of the 2 slide show I posted before, I included a few series of the same images, you'll notice a couple of things, one ... I stood mainly on 3 corners for these shots, just a series of passerby... Two, some of the images I purposely did not frame right, but gave a second frame which is better - can you tell which and the difference? and lastly they are all black and white, straight JPEGs unprocessed as captured from the camera, the exposure is off on a few, did not bother to bring a light meter plus I had some clouds near the end, and the last image I captured on my way home after dinner.
Anywho, some people have golf, skying or boating as hobbies... I don't play gold, I shoot people for fun plus it gives me very nice walks on a daily basis.
(Sorry I hadn't responded earlier, but I needed the time to watch it completely). If I did this, the slide show would have ended with a murder scene... mine. I honestly admire your confidence and courage.
When I go out to take photos, I probably don't spend more than 3 hours, the heat and humidity here always being so overwhelming. But, when I watched this, I said to myself "wouldn't it be interesting to do this during the whole day and be able to see also how the light changes?". Did you ever watched the movie Koyaanisqatsi, which features Philip Glass's music? Somehow there's a similar mood here, but in this case I'm left wanting to see more while what happens with the movie is that one ends very tired, but without complaints. One understands it is the movie's intention to make us feel that way. I like what you're doing here, but IMHO, it would be even better if it became part of a series. You've got something worthwhile to explore (or develop) further here.
I never saw "Koyaanisqatsi" I do have the sound track by Philip Glass >>>
October 20 2010, 5:23 PM
I love minimalist music. What I am actually thinking about doing is taking a couple of actors for a full weekend to do a specific 'thematic' slide show, just have yet to find the theme to the slide show and write a script for it plus where it will be located with great backgrounds a little like "I will possess your heart" video by 'Dead Cab for cutie' something cool with the same people, one or two intersect with strangers. I just recently started the You Tube slide shows, I have 18 now up with the one I did yesterday... The first two being the strangest of them all. Now when I take pictures I think of slide shows and seldom if ever take "portrait" oriented pictures and I try my best to keep the main image centered in the 16:9 format knowing that part of the image will be cropped to fit in the 19:9 format.
Anywho, I could do a whole street corner for a full day and do a time lapse video as well ... that could be an interesting video/slide show as well with the light changing and maybe even the season as this photographer has done here: Toronto life cycle in 60 seconds at the 30 second mark it gets really interesting all of a sudden... Just working on it and will most likely use this forum as a testing facility for my experiments...
The thing with street photography is to go out there, the more you do it the more you'll get comfortable with it and the more you'll end up blending in the scenery without people noticing you, right now I am in a portrait mood where I actually want people to look at the camera while I capture their portraits... The series of slide shows I put together is here where the 18 slide shows can be found:http://www.youtube.com/user/whyareyouannoyingme#p/u
I will leave you with one worth watching the other are up to you if you want to see them... This one was put together with older and newer images from the past four years captured in 2 different cities
because I'm quite interested. Just a short question/suggestion: have you tried different transitions, maybe slower ones or those that fuse the previous photo with the one after? I don't know if that could work to your advantage... (but, who am I?)
not the most exposed place in the world, but we have the advantage (and I guess you too) of having two intertwining cultures, even though the Spanish influenced one is the strongest. I'm from Cuba though. But got out of there in '63, a month before I turned 5 years old, and lived in Panama for five years. I have relatives in the USA and in Cuba, and not a single one here. Both my grandfathers were from Spain.
I like very much your projects, I only wish I had the time to do more stuff.
Difficult to understand for me, even though I liked it. Maybe I shouldn't try to understand, just experience it.
The slow start, as if sad, full of melancholy, but then really becoming a preparation for the band, joyful, funny, cheerful, cheeky even, followed by a slow intermezzo, afterparty type of feeling, with a cheerful end of having had a good time, with good memories. That's how I experienced this.
The relaxed suburban street life, happening at its own continuous slow pace - not as hurried as people are often made out to be. The music goes very well with this. Very enjoyable, very easy going and flowing.
I didn't watch for the different framings, although I noticed at least one portrait where this happened. This just invites you to go with the flow, for me anyway, and to stop going with the hectic life of our own creation.