In a few weeks I’ll be back again. Last time it was for Thanksgiving and the November wind was less forgiving.
This time it’ll be summer and we’ll be approximately 12 Swedish Street photographers, staying for a long weekend. Me, I’ll first visit my family in Indy (Indianapolis). Seeing them again is a must, but after that I’ll indulge in all of the more or less dramatic Chicago scenes. See you there?
While in Lisbon a month ago, I met many interesting people. One of the most memorable moments is one in Alfama. Where two women, half seriously, half for fun discussed what football team is the best. Becausecheering for Benfica or Sporting is not always a laughing matter, I can assure you.
I’ve shown you a pic of Tia Benfica before. Here a series of her discussing important issues with a friend and relative, right i front of us having a glass of wine (or two).
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.
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?
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.
Botten upp (Bottoms up)
Doften av ditt hår (The scent of your hair)
Ballongpappan och retstickorna (Balloon dad and the rascals)
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”.
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.
Daniel Castro is the second of Street Photography friends I thought I’ll introduce to you. He’s always looking for that documentary style, wherever he shoots – on the street or at concerts and events. Daniel’s always looking for a new angle and really like to shoot with a flash.
At the moment having an exhibition att “Crippas café” in Gothenburg, the pics there are half from the street, half from concerts – all of them telling a story, Daniel style.