Looking at Things #1

by Can G February. 08, 2019 411 views

I think I mentioned quite a few times already that I'm a big fan of street photography. However, being a fan of something does not automatically mean that you will be good at it, or that you ever will be as good in it as your idols or even come close.

For street photography, there are at least two very big hurdles to overcome. First of all of course, it's about basic photography skills. Seeing, framing and exposing scenes of interest so they will also be of interest to others is a skill in itself which is hard to master and takes a lot (and then even some more) of practice.

The second thing, which is probably a different experience for different people: the comfort (or discomfort) when taking pictures of random strangers, and possibly being noticed by them while doing so. I'm neither of the shyest type of persons nor do I usually have problems interacting with people. But one of the things I learned about myself is that I try to avoid conflict, and photographing strangers bears quite some potential for conflict. So, performing street photography for me is not only about learning photography skills in itself, but also some kind of personal treatment in overcoming my fears and stepping out of my comfort zone.

Now, it's always good to start small and to progress in rather small steps, too. So I started to take pictures of people who are actually looking at things and are less likely to notice me.

And this is also how I call this series. Looking at Things. Episode 1: Smartphones. Of course, I'm always open to discussion, suggestions and criticism.

Everyone so busy. Near Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia.

Everyone so busy. Near Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia.

Sharing the view. Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland.

Sharing the view. Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland.

Looking from both sides. Zaryadye park, Moscow, Russia.

Looking from both sides. Zaryadye park, Moscow, Russia.

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Bethany Plonski 2 years, 3 months ago

Each of them tells a story beautifully, and I think black and white was absolutely the right choice here. There are lots of strong shapes and shadows. I like your strategy of photographing people who are looking at things - making a mental note of that because I feel much the same way about street photography!

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Can G Replied to Bethany Plonski 2 years, 3 months ago

Bethany, glad you discovered the stories in these! And just don't only make that mental note - go out on the street and shoot! And don't forget to share the results with us smile

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Can G 2 years, 3 months ago

It may take some time, but I do plan to try. smile Thank you for your brave example!

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Heike 2 years, 3 months ago

Also #1 ist sensationel gut! Die ganze Scene ist genial ! Als wenn die für eine Werbung dort hingestellt worden wären. Ich hätte das höchstwahrscheinlich gar nicht als Fotomotiv wahrgenommen, weil ich mich gleich wieder über die vielen blöden Handy-Glotzer um mich herum aufgeregt hätte.  smileSuper gemacht!

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Can G Replied to Heike 2 years, 3 months ago

Danke für den netten Kommentar, Heike. Steifer Nacken wird wahrscheinlich bald zur Volkskrankheit #1 weltweit wink Ich erwische mich auch öfter als mir lieb ist beim auf's Handy schauen, also reg ich mich über die anderen gar nicht erst auf. Aber die Dinger machen einen schneller als man lieb ist zu einem Testsubjekt in einem Pawlowschen Experiment grinning

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Björn Roose 2 years, 3 months ago

#1 is great. Says very much about modern society.

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Can G Replied to Björn Roose 2 years, 3 months ago

Thanks and yeah, we're trained to be slaves of our devices.

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Antonio Gil 2 years, 3 months ago

#1tells a story on its own. Great work. And i love the composition in the other two

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Can G Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 3 months ago

Thanks Antonio, I appreciate your kind comment!

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