The Reasons I like Street Photography

Helen asked me over the weekend why I like street photography. Off the top of my head I didn't give a particularly good answer so I decided to dwell on it a little more.

I like that it's about people. People are almost always interesting to photograph. Challenging, different, unique, fascinating.
I like that it’s real. Unstaged, unprepared, usually unplanned, spontaneous. Selective and unavoidably biased, but real.
I like that it’s accessible. Of course it helps to be living in a city, but it's constantly available. Just grab a camera and go.
I like the idea of documenting, but with an artistic element.
I like the history of street photography, the stories, the craft of the great master street photographers.
I like that it doesn’t stand alone. That there are elements of portraiture, of journalism, of urban and event photography. Street photography skills apply across genres.

But above all I think it’s that I like the experience. I enjoy being out on the streets with no purpose other than to take some pictures. Simply that. Out, alone, walking, exploring, discovering, inventing. Finding a new location or idea. Pushing myself to try something new, or get closer to a scene, or to start a conversation.

And yes, I like the encounters. The ‘random’ connections that I don’t think are random. The conversations that I’m not great at, but learning. Learning to listen more. Always about the people.

 Warren, Manhattan, April 2018

Warren, Manhattan, April 2018

 Blues jam, Washington Square Park, April 2018

Blues jam, Washington Square Park, April 2018

 Dimitrius, Jersey City, April 2018

Dimitrius, Jersey City, April 2018