While strolling through the streets of Marseille’s magnificent Old Town some weeks ago I also took some photographs of local street life. While doing my selections / post processing a couple of images caught my eye. I realized that unintentionally I have captured humans in activities that for me are somehow representative for their respective stages of their lives. So I put them together in this post and wrote down a few brief thoughts coming to my mind when looking at those images.
Rough Rider | Marseille | 2016
I want to start with the elder ones. The generation that has built the foundations of what we live in today through a life full of work and caring for their families. The last stage can be a tough one. Poverty, deteriorating health, the loss of a partner, increasing loneliness. Still there are many that remain active, take their lives into their hands, find time to enjoy what they didn’t have time for during their working years. Still passing on their experiences and lessons of life. (more…)
Sometimes I turn Street Photography into Subway Photography. There are various good reasons for that. In the underground you can escape foul weather. On their way to and from the trains people are mostly in a rush so they tend to oversee the “hunting” Street Photographers. And in the subway cars travelers are often so focused on their smart phone or their books and papers that you have a very good chance to go unnoticed while taking candid portraits. For other good reasons to take your Street Photography below ground and more subway photographs continue reading after the jump. (more…)
You have been looking forward to this weekend trip to a fancy city that you always wanted to see. Time is limited, you only have a couple of days. You are travelling with your partner who is not all that much into photography. You don’t want to spoil the getaway by constantly logging behind, hunting for that perfect photo opportunity, that better angle, fumbling with your gear to change to the more appropriate lens.
And besides taking the marquee shots of well-known attractions (and that everybody back home expects from you) you are looking for those special shots that you expect from yourself, because after all your are not after the tourist snap shots, for you are a photographer.
You arrive at your destination, it is great to be there, the sights and sounds are awesome, the food tastes great, you take the “must-have” shots, but photographically you just don’t get into the right groove, into your creative flow. And somehow this frustrates you because your own expectations towards yourself are otherwise and you know you won’t have a chance to get back to this city anytime soon when the photographic circumstances might be better. Sounds familiar? Continue reading after the jump. (more…)
Street Photographers tend to fall in two categories. There are the hunters, and then there are the gatherers. Does that concept sound familiar? After all, humans have been hunters and gatherers forever. (more…)
One from the archives, the crowded streets of Lisbon in the evening, Amazing how the streets come to life after sundown. Shot with a Nikon D7000 at 1/20 sec f/5.6 ISO 800 at 85mm focal length. Monochrome conversion in Lightroom.
After a business meeting in Munich yesterday I had a half hour left before my train departed back to Nuremberg. Close to Munich’s Central Station is the Karlsplatz or “Stachus” as it is called by the locals, a huge square with a big fountain on it. Knowing it is a good place for Street Photography I just went there to see if any opportunities for some candid shots would open up. (more…)
Taken this morning in Nuremberg’s central station in the walkway below the tracks. I saw this girl with the amazing red colored hair coming my way from the opposite end of the tunnel. And I knew I had to somehow take her picture. Getting the Ricoh out the backpack was no option, so my iPhone had to do. Processed in phone with VSCO G2 preset.
Do you know this feeling? You just pressed the shutter button and you know instantly that you bagged yourself a winner, a keeper, without even re-checking the exposed frame on the rear display of your camera. A pic that alone was worth the photographic outing.