Street Photography

Starting in Street Photography

Several months ago, I began to rethink my photography and what I was pursuing as an art form. My passion for photography is storytelling and capturing the beauty in the everyday. After exploring several avenues of photography, I think I am being drawn more and more to photographing in the street.

I would not call myself a street photographer by any means. I merely am trying to document life around me. Now being based in a big city, there is a vibrant street life with something going on at every hour of the day. I started by taking the early bus over to SF and shoot in the early hours of the morning before the work rush.

The first few weeks were building confidence to photograph strangers in the street. Thankfully I’ve had no confrontation yet, lots of confused looks, but no verbal or physical attacks, yet! I know it will come if I continue down this path, but it’s something I’m mentally prepared to tackle. I’m mostly shooting with my Leica and when in tighter spaces like BART I’m shooting on my iPhone.

Shot on iPhone

Shot on iPhone

Shot on iPhone

Shot on iPhone

For now, I’m sticking mostly with black and white film but am trying to think through how I want to tell stories best and right now black and white films makes the most sense. I feel like color may be too distracting; however, I love a good challenge.

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