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On first 10,000 Photos.
Old 03-11-2017   #281
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On first 10,000 Photos.

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The vast majority of so-called 'street' photography does nothing for me.

Most simply do not exhibit any degree of photographic merit, often they don't have a subject and look like a haphazard, random snap. Poorly framed, out of focus, people looking down at the ground, it's kinda like watching a sitcom that's just not funny. Just want to change the channel...

Very rarely there are those photos that *do* hold interest, instantly grabbing the viewer's attention and having photographic merit, but the only thing that the latter have in common with the former is that they were, well, taken on some street somewhere.

It appears that most such photographs are posted/shared just *because* they are street, regardless (in spite?) of whether they have photographic merit.

Does anyone else feel similarly?
Most of these photographers are obvioustly on theirs first 10k photos as HCB said.
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Old 03-12-2017   #282
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Most of these photographers are obvioustly on theirs first 10k photos as HCB said.
Hah! Bang on!
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Old 03-12-2017   #283
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Control freaks will never "get" street photography.
HCB is rolling over in his grave re: this comment.
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Old 03-12-2017   #284
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"The vast majority of so-called 'street' photography does nothing for me."

Who actually cares? You don't have to get it. Stop trying to hammer the round world into your square peg reality.
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Old 03-12-2017   #285
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Or, alternately, there's no there there.
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Old 03-12-2017   #286
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"The vast majority of so-called 'street' photography does nothing for me."

Who actually cares? You don't have to get it. Stop trying to hammer the round world into your square peg reality.
Might want to actually read the thread before making a baseless comment, but thanks anyway.
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Old 03-12-2017   #287
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http://thedreamwithinpictures.com/bl...artier-bresson
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Old 03-12-2017   #288
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A few words by some of the greats and a little video by one of the greats.
https://vimeo.com/116692462 It's short and really worth a watch.

And some words by some of the greats.

"When subject matter is forced to fit into preconceived patterns, there can be no freshness of vision. Following rules of composition can only lead to a tedious repetition of pictorial cliches." - Edward Weston

"There are no rules and regulations for perfect composition. If there were we would be able to put all the information into a computer and would come out with a masterpiece. We know that's impossible. You have to compose by the seat of your pants." - Arnold Newman

"There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs." - Ansel Adams

"And in not learning the rules, I was free. I always say, you're either defined by the medium or you redefine the medium in terms of your needs." - Duane Michals

"There are no shortcuts, no rules." - Paul Strand

"Photography is not a sport. It has no rules. Everything must be dared and tried!" - Bill Brandt

"I came from the outside, the rules of photography didn't interest me... "-William Klein

" ...... a photograph can look any way. Or, there's no way a photograph has to look (beyond being an illusion of a literal description). Or, there are no external or abstract or preconceived rules of design that can apply to still photographs. " Garry Winogrand

and maybe my favorite which gets directly to this thread
" ......so called “composition” becomes a personal thing, to be developed along with technique, as a personal way of seeing." - Edward Weston
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Old 03-12-2017   #289
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The street work I do is for one purpose alone: to creatively remember where my life was in 2017.

Perhaps in 2077, someone might enjoy the photographs again.
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Old 03-12-2017   #290
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Am wondering if you do not care for something why be concerned? I like looking at others' work, no matter the subject. If its not what I care for or understand I turn the page. Some of my photos are shot just for me, they probably only have meaning to me. I post very few, mainly to my children, not because of fear they won't be well received or understood. More than likely if there was street life closer to me it would be enjoyable.

Others may know more. This post is not directed toward anyone, just my thoughts on the subject matter.

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