Street photography - weekly challenge

by Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue December. 05, 2017 2391 views

Street photography is not as easy as it looks like and it can cause very unpleasant problems. I often ask myself, which kind of humans become street photographers. Are they more observers or more interactive communication orientated people? Do they ask for permission or do they exploit people, which can't fight for their rights of privacy, because beggars, homeless people and drug users become "part of the street" and are not "part of the crowd" anymore? I respect the right to one's own picture, because I don't want to be photographed and absolutely not by strangers. So there is this duality between observing situations including a story – involving people – and keeping a respectful distance – involving rights –, which in some way – and in some states - would need the permission of everyone in the photograph.

Does the freedom of expression give everybody the right to do street photography without limits? Where are the lines between art, voyeurism, documentation and exploitation, if common people are involved, which can't fight for the right of their own picture like Caroline of Monaco did?

At last, the eternal question, what is art? Is art a decision of the artist? Yes and no, it's more or less a point of view. Very often it is a public decision or more and more often it becomes a decision by law, especially in cases of street photography.

So there is another question to be asked: Is there enough room for street photography within the limits of law, which are worldwide very different?

I don't know, do you?

Vienna, 15th district

Vienna, 15th district

I actually didn’t want to photograph this road worker at all. I took some pictures from a house nearby and he was watching me. His body language was begging to be photographed by me. When he couldn't lure me into it, he gave up and turned his back to me. He really had forgotten about his colleague in the sewer. That was the "Brutus"-moment to take the picture.

More or less the only real street photography I have done so far.

Every week Helen Hooker creates a new challenge. The weekly theme is from 4th to 10th December "Street Photography”. Please join in!

Monochrome it's no fun at all, because the colors of the street signs are the real eye catcher in the picture ...

Monochrome it's no fun at all, because the colors of the street signs are the real eye catcher in the picture ...

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 11 months ago

Nice candid slice of street life......Love your musings on the "gray areas" of public/privacy, as well!

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 11 months ago

Thanks! blush

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Jay Boggess Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 11 months ago

Always a pleasure!

:=D

May the Holidays bring the very best to You & Yours...

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 11 months ago

Thanks, I wish you and your family also realy nice Holidays!

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Jay Boggess Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 11 months ago

Thank You!

Cheers!

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Pete Fitzgetald 1 year, 11 months ago

Your thought process is very valid, I love taking photos, but at what point in street photography and I stealing their rights and their souls with my clicking away, I do not do a lot of street stuff especially as a beginner shutter bug, so I guess it all comes down to time and place.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 1 year, 11 months ago

yes, it has to be a respectful and friendly (!) interaction.

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 11 months ago

I prefer the coloured one. Usually I ask permission or I make eye to eye contact to try to understand if the person allows the picture to be taken or not. It is a "dance" made by two. Not easy though, because I'm a shy person.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 11 months ago

Call me chicken, but I don’t want to be involved - even in a harmless talk about my photography actions in the street.

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Heike 1 year, 11 months ago

Very good thoughts, Sigrid. I'm not a big fan of streetphotography, I saw too much (in my eyes) unrespectful so-called street-photos in the web. And a lot of boring and terrible looking street-photos also... Not everybody is a Henri Cartier-Bressons...
I once found a very good clip about streetphotographers in San Francisco, the way how they realized their way of streetphotography is - for me - the way, streetphotography should be practised, respectful and with the agreement of the people they take photos of.
Here the link : https://vimeo.com/56400284

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Heike 1 year, 11 months ago

The clip is absolutly great and straight to the point: "no assholes! I also liked their project.
And of course "Bresson" - I wrote a review about an exhibition: http://www.ebensolch.at/blog/archives/758 and I was extremly lucky to see the exhibition Robert Capa in Italy 1943-1944 in Trieste in October. Sometimes is a war photographer a street photographer too, there is just a small line ...
Because I talked about ethic, law ... I was very impressed by the exhibition "Kontroversen" http://www.ebensolch.at/blog/archives/646
I'm also not sure, if I really like the part, when they use the people as models as any other "people photographer". The snapshot effect of street photography is lost. On the other hand there is no such thing as "the only way of doing street photography".
I'm not a collector anymore, I could almost call myself a book hoarder and therefore I have a lot of books of street photography in my collection too. Finding such pictures in books always let me think about the photos and the text. One of the most impressive pictures I have ever seen is a homeless man presenting a extrem agressive body language. It is part of the book by Peter Ackroyd "London: The Biography".
I admit also, that I should (!) be ashamed of myself, because I turn up my nose - beeing a consumer - on street photography and have some strange opinions about street photographers.

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Daanish Farhan 1 year, 11 months ago

Arhhh, street photography... Haven't tried it actually before. This could be tricky. Nice shot Sigrid!

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Daanish Farhan 1 year, 11 months ago

Thanks! blush
I admit, that I enjoy street photography very
much as an onlooker but not as a photographer.

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Daanish Farhan Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 11 months ago

Alright 🤣

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Berckmans Peter 1 year, 11 months ago

It also not falls easy to me,taking streetphoto. But during the shoot it becomes easier. Color version is better

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