“We all have to walk through the shadow in order to find the light.” I am a person who uses street photography to better understand myself and my life. Every picture that I have photographed reflects my emotions, my feelings, and my experience at the moment it was made.
At first, I practiced street photography randomly. I just went out and photographed as part of my routine. Slowly, I found myself being attracted to people who were walking alone. Probably since I enjoy solitude, I felt a kinship with these single-person frames.
3“City of Necessity”: A Vivid Look at 1960s Chicago
Chicago just published an excerpt from Ben Austen’s new book High-Risers, a work I’ve been anticipating since it started popping up in his bio information on a string of great pieces over the last few years, like this 2013 New York Times Magazine piece on housing in Chicago after the bubble and this piece from late last year on pastor and activist Jedidiah Brown.
While doing some research on Cabrini-Green, the focus of Austen’s new book, I stumbled across (via Lee Bey and Mark Byrnes) this short 1961 documentary, City of Necessity, by the late documentarian Robert Newman.
4David Ingraham Explores Urban Disconnection in “Lonesome City”
In his first monograph titled Lonesome City, Los Angeles-based photographer David Ingraham navigates and captures the universal themes of urban isolation and disconnection in big cities around the world. Street photography fans and followers of his work can support this new project and grab copies of his book through a dedicated Kickstarter campaign.
Five years of extensive shooting around the streets of Los Angeles and other cities across the globe culminate in this striking collection of black and white photos. David describes this body of work as “a glimpse into the dark heart of the big city and what it feels like to be immersed in the vast ocean of humanity.” He adds that while this is innate in the metropolitan experience, it also causes the feeling of being alone, alienated, and detached from it all.
5Quick Tips To Get You Started With Night Photography
Some people are put off by night photography. I’m not entirely sure why, but I suppose everyone has their reasons. Whatever your reasons may be, however, I highly recommend setting them aside and going out with your camera after night falls.
Nighttime provides you with photographic opportunities that you will never encounter during daylight hours. Sure, you’ll have to work a little harder to make the most of these opportunities, but I think you will agree the end result is worth it.
Keep reading to discover some simple tips to help get you started with nighttime photography.
6Street Photographer Hunts Down Life’s Uncanny Coincidences
All street photographers are hunters in one way or another, seeking out the perfect moments in life to frame an exceptional image. Jonathan Higbee takes this to another level through his work, which is based on observational skills so sharp they expertly pull out the instances in which people and objects align perfectly. The results are photographs that reveal the subtle coincidences that occur in daily life, ones that often go unnoticed unless captured in a still frame.
Higbee uses items in the urban environment—advertisements, architecture, graffiti—and seeks out moments where human interaction intersects to create a new narrative. Higbee, who was a finalist in the 2018 Hasselblad Masters Awards, first came upon the “coincidence” project by chance. After a day out shooting in Manhattan, he was back at home photo editing when he came upon something he hadn’t realized when photographing a glass-covered subway entrance.