Some will say that a picture should need no caption, that it should stand on its own. It is true, in some cases, that a photograph can stand on its own and need no caption, or description. In many, I would suggest most, instances; however, some complementary text can be very important. Our own personal experiences play a large part in how we perceive visual imagery. A photo of Birkenau has a very different meaning to someone who is Jewish than to a Christian or an Atheist. A different meaning still to those who are older vs. those who are younger. We are informed by our own history. I understand the particular areas of Toronto I shoot in. I know the neighbourhoods and some of the people. Others who know the areas have a similar understanding of the pictures as I do because they have that history. What’s that old saying about walking a mile in someone’s shoes? We do not all see the same things, nor should we. What is appreciated by one person may not be by another. And there is nothing wrong with that. Continue reading
The discussion of editing has been left till now because it is, to me, of lesser importance than the rest. But it is also logically what follows what has come before it. Only after we have been out taking pictures do we begin the work of editing. It is for that reason, as well, that the next section on telling stories through a body of work comes after this one. It is only after we have culled and edited that we can begin to curate the finished photos into a coherent story, ready to show to others. Continue reading
The night is a very interesting time for photography in general and street photography in particular. Certainly the lighting is different. But more importantly, the people are different. It is a very different person who is out at night from the day. Even if it is the same person, they are different. The night is personal time. People who you might see during the day are more likely to be more relaxed at night. There is also a sector of the community that you probably will only see after the sun goes down. Continue reading
The camera is a shield. Even though you see everything through the viewfinder, you’re putting something between you and what’s happening.
Being able to capture candid photos of people is key to successful street photography. As was discussed in the prologue and will be covered more in another essay, not all street images have to be candid but candids are a staple of the art form.
The decisive moment is several things. It is the name of a book containing the photos of Henri Cartier-Bresson. It is the phrase Bresson came up with to describe his approach to his photography. It is the mantra that many have used to talk about street photography in the years since Bresson. Continue reading
I’m stepping out of my ususal photography-related ramblings for something different and more important.
Pat Burns has been the coach of four National Hockey League teams (Montreal, Toronto, Boston and New Jersey). He also coached successfully in junior before coming to the NHL. He’s won 3 Coach of the Year awards and a Stanely Cup.
Burns has battled cancer for several years now. He’s received treatment on a couple of separate occasions and gone into remission. The cancer has now metastasized to his lungs and he’s decided not to have any further treatment.
Burns’ coaching record deserves to get him into the Hockey Hall of Fame. There’s a Facebook group trying to get him elected while he can still enjoy the honour. This piece at the Ottawa Citizen discusses the group and the effort to get Burns elected.
Join the FB group. Pass it on to your friends.