Well. To be frank, some of the fingers weren’t that bad. Some I deserved, all I strangely like. I kind of naïvely smile in the depth of my people-loving mind…
Not all pics I took, just some. I’m not finished with all the nice pics from Lisbon a month ago, so I’ll add a few more later on but still, here is a start… (click).
I’m passionate about my street photography. But also try not to be possessive of knowledge or claiming I have enough knowledge. One of the great goals in my life is to constantly learn and to help others. It’s a feel good thing, really.
With my good friend and fellow street photographer Daniel Eliasson, I’ve written a basic course in street photography. The first course/work shop was in Swedish, but less than a year ago I translated the course into English.
We claim that street photography is a great discipline for learning more about your own way of taking pictures, of your camera(s) and of others in the urban environment. And – tada – this bit-sized course is totally free. Why don’t you try it too?
Och. Kursen finns naturligtvis även på svenska (klicka).
I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again. This bit with smartphones is to a street photographer both irritating and nice.
It’s easier to take a pic as people don’t see you immediately and also the blueish light from the screens help to light up their faces. But. It’s getting harder to get that magic look straight into my camera these days…
Just looking out the window? No. It hardly exists any longer. Today I see young and old, staring down in their screens.
I like eyes a lot. Very often in a good street photography you got that look straight into your lens. But sometimes peoples looks tells a lot too. And they’re great to establish projections and directions in a pic.
Next up of my Street Photography friends is Daniel Eliasson, the man behind “Streetpeople.se”. We’ve done some collaborations, even if I consider him slightly more experienced as a photographer than I am. He’s a fun guy, the perfect company as you browse night life in a larger city…
Daniel and I wrote the original Street photography course at “Daily Bits of”, the version in Swedish. That was a great experience as we tried to pin down the pure basic elements of how to approach photography on the streets. Today there’s also an English version, that I wrote myself out of our mutual work.
Anyway, Daniel is a really good photographer, that’s already have had several workshops and exhibitions. Here are just a few examples of his storytelling.
All photos on this page: Daniel Eliasson.
In his own words: “I try to capture beautiful moments. Snapshots of life and social interactions between people. When I shoot street photos, I always look for the extraordinary. Something that sticks out from the regular. After 15 years, I still chase the perfect photo. I doubt it will ever come, but that’s what drives and motivates me; the hunt for the perfect street photography.”
This simple and inspiring course I first wrote in Swedish with my Street Photography buddy Daniel Eliasson. This English version helps any photographer who likes to take pictures of people. Tips, knowledge and inspiring exercises, all wrapped into a 20 day, less than three minut e-mail course. And of course – it’s free of any charge.
There is also another way of taking the course and that’s here on my site. Just click on the meny at the words “Street photography – un introduction”.
Happy hunting on the streets!
Sometimes a shot is technically not even close to perfect, but still it stirs in your mind – as a forgotten memory of sorts. Out of focus, unsharp and still mindful. As the late night in Amsterdam…
The third of my friends in my street photography community (Gothenburg area) that I’ll like to introduce is Mats Johansson. As many of us, he’s got another job full time and take pics wherever he go (as he travels a lot). No matter whether you call Mats an amateur or not, he’s got that great eye for interesting pics.
I saw one of Mats exhibitions last spring, where he declared that anything urban interests him, sometimes it’s street art, sometimes street photography – quite often a combination of the two. In his own words:
– To look for and catch moments, views and interesting meetings in a urban environment is magic, especially with lots of people and movements in them. It’s the mix of documentary and art that fascinates me.
Photos: Mats Johansson