Street photography and the problem of self projection.

Problems of self projection when shooting street photography.

 

I’m here in Barcelona teaching street photography to 9 students from South Essex College. I teach street photography a lot to all age groups and abilities in the UK and various cities across Europe and I’ve noticed that what people have problems with or struggle with are the same things and keep appearing time after time and they are mainly caused by “self projection”.
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Barcelona.. Which camera should I choose?

Rolleicord Va I’m in a hotel in Leeds just about to book an early morning wake up call.. 4am to be precise, for a taxi to take me to Leeds/Bradford airport for a flight to one of my all time favourite cities Barcelona. It’s a city I visit a lot, I love it for capturing street photography images but it’s also a great city to teach street photography too and this visit is to do just that. I work a lot with Simon from South Essex College and again we’re going to Barcelona for a couple of days with 9 of his students to practice street photography and to also do some night photography.
I’ve booked to stay a couple of extra days too to do some work for me and also catch up with my friend Joan, he runs photography tours and has a studio and gallery in the Gothic Quarter so I’m really looking forward to catching up with him and enjoying some fine wine and tapas.
 
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A tip on how to conquer your fear of street photography

GOLDEN GLOBE RED CARPET DRESSES

I’m very lucky that my passion is my business, street photography. I shoot all over Europe in many wonderful cities. I’ve just returned from Warsaw, I’ve been there to develop our latest street photography adventure and I thought I would share one of my tips for building confidence when in a strange city, especially if you don’t speak the local language.

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Istanbul Street Photography – The Grand Bazaar

 

Street Portrait of shoe factory in Iastnbul

Street Photography in The Grand Bazaar – where do you start?
It’s mad, just completely mad. There’s around 4300 stalls inside – purely inside, then about triple that outside and in the surrounding area. It’s impossible to comprehend unless you see it. I asked a few locals and workers inside if they ever got lost – they looked at me like I was stupid, with a resounding “of course we do!”.

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Traveling to Istanbul? Take a look at Hagia Sophia, The Blue Mosque.

Black and white image of hagia sophia, Istanbul

Hagia Sophia, The Blue Mosque, Two of the most iconic buildings in Istanbul also resonate worldwide as two of the most prominent and respected places of worship and architecture. Through their histories and reinvention, they have represented such opposite sentiment, yet lie only about 100 yards apart, like estranged sisters.

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Street Photography in Eyup Istanbul.

Eyup Istanbul

Eyüp is technically a district in Istanbul that stretches from the Golden Horn to the shore of the Black Sea, but within the district is the neighbourhood of the same name, a central location where communities of Muslim people live, and where Keith and Pat visited recently, and will be incorporating into the upcoming Istanbul Street Photography Course in October.

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Istanbul Street Photography – a Lasting Impression

street photography Istanbul 4

When it comes to street photography I try not to travel anywhere with a pre-conceived idea of my destination. I also tend not to do any research in advance – Pat does all that – I want to arrive as a blank canvas, and immerse myself immediately. This doesn’t stop imagination and wonder however – I thought of narrow streets in an Egyptian style with quietness over it. Istanbul was none of these.

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Manchester Street Photography Course – Reconnaissance Part One of Two

Street Photography manchester1

Words by Kim West..

I’ve talked at length with Keith about his Street Photography style – his ethos, his way of working, his way of approaching Joe Bloggs – but I’ve not seen it in action – until today. I’ve also never seen a photographer chase a Filipino in Elvis sunglasses before, but there’s a first time for everything. Oh, and please don’t think Keith chases people down the street – he really doesn’t, but sometimes an opportunity is too good to miss.

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Manchester Street Photography Course – Reconnaissance Part Two of Two

Street Portrait in ancoats Manchester 1

Words by Kim West..

By the afternoon, we were well into our flow and images were finding us as quickly as we were finding them – and what better place to discover the true culture of the Northern Quarter than Affleck’s Palace. I can describe it only as an eclectic cave of an alternative department store; a place for smaller businesses to rent a space to exhibit or sell or create. Fantasy mixes with fashion, expressive teenagers and tattooed bear-like men rub shoulders with old ladies, young children and everyone in between. I even saw a guy who could pass for Johnny Depp. There was a definite retro feel to the place, you wouldn’t struggle to find anything from a 1950’s fur coat to an Eighties boom-box.

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