Seeking Saul Leiter

by Helen Hooker June. 10, 2019 2433 views

A couple of years ago I discovered the work of Saul Leiter through a documentary about him, titled 'In No Great Hurry'. I’ve always been a predominantly monochrome street photographer, but there’s something beautiful about Leiter’s ground-breaking colour work, some of which dates back as far as the late 1940s. Many of his pictures were shot on rainy days, using the weather as an intrinsic part of the story. With this in mind, one of the challenges I gave myself today was to find a way to use colour like Saul Leiter – no easy task.

When I reached Piccadilly Circus I knew I’d found my location. The large neon signs reflected on the wet pavements gave me the colour I was looking for, so I stood there in the hammering rain trying to figure out my approach. Ultimately I focused on the feet and legs passing me on the street – a focus for the pictures, while utilising those vivid colours. I know they’re nothing like Saul Leiter’s work, but this self-imposed challenge made me think differently and I feel sure I’ll come back to this again in the future.

10 June 2019

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Elizabeth Happer 1 year, 5 months ago

Excellent selection. A favouite of Nick's and mine too 😁

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Heike 1 year, 5 months ago

Really cool! So happy, that you gave 'color-street' a try.

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Abigail Gossage 1 year, 5 months ago

Definitely works!

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Camellia Staab 1 year, 5 months ago

I love these photos Helen, the speak to me.   For a while I did try to follow your footsteps as far as using monochrome in my street photography, but eventually I found that color was more appealing to me. Although on occasion I will try monochrome as well. Thank you for introducing Saul Leiter well worth looking into his work. Curios....did you use a rain coat for your camera or?

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