Simplicity and truth. That's what appeals to me most about street photography.
Simplicity because there's nothing to set up. No lights, no artificial backdrop, no make-up artist, no studio, no models. It's just you and your camera and life on the street. You can plan, research locations, map out a route and decide on a theme or project. But you don't have to. Recording what you see is just as valid, looking for the unique moments or spontaneous expressions or ideal compositions. I like that.
In a portrait we often seek an element of truth. Trying to draw out and reflect in the image something about the person being photographed. Help them to forget about the camera. In candid street photography, the people may not have even noticed the camera. You're not trying to create something that isn't there, just record something that nobody else has noticed.
I'm not saying that street photography is truth. It can be as deceptive as any media. We're converting a moment of three dimensional real-world activity into a two dimensional still image. We're also choosing what to include and exclude based on our preferences or bias or intentions. It's never completely impartial, and never can be. But it can be a very real and honest opinion and observation.
Simplicity and truth.
My next street photography workshop will be on September 10 in Manhattan, and a few places are still available here.