Street photography is photography that features the human condition within public places and does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban environment. The subject of the photograph might be absent of people and can be an object or environment where the image projects a decidedly human character in facsimile or aesthetic.
Framing and timing are key aspects of the craft, with the aim of creating images at a decisive or poignant moment. Much of what is now widely regarded, stylistically and subjectively, as definitive street photography was made in the era spanning the end of the 19th Century through to the late 1970s; a period which saw the emergence of portable cameras. The advent of digital photography, combined with the exponential growth of photo-sharing via the internet, has greatly expanded an awareness of the genre and its practitioners.
Having been a keen amateur photographer for over forty years, I recently turned my limited talents to street photography. This website is a gallery of my attempts so far.
I'm having great fun learning this new genre and although, in principle, it is easy to wander around taking random shots of people, in practice it is quite difficult to get the shot just right. I've been inspired by the work of Humphrey Spender, Gary Winogrand, Gary Stochl, Vivian Maier and of course Henri Cartier-Bression; but I'm trying to develop my own individual style, if that's possible. I'm more concerned with catching a moment in time for posterity than creating a photographic masterpiece. I'll let you decide whether I have achieved my objectives.
A photograph is not a photograph unless it's being viewed, so I'm sharing my collection with you. There's nothing worse than an image languishing in a drawer, or on a computer hard drive, unseen and unloved. Enjoy.