I’m starting a new theme, and I’m hoping for some participation in the name of photo fun 🙂
It’s like this: I’ve always really enjoyed other people’s ‘street photography’, i.e. shots taken at the spur of the moment, when an unexpected situation or sight presents itself in a public space.
I’m only just starting to try my own hand at this, and, I must admit, I’m still feeling a bit inhibited. I’m not fast enough for starters… by the time I dither over whether something might be worthwhile snapping at or not, the moment has usually passed. Also, I don’t want to make innocent punters feel uncomfortable by aiming my camera at them at point blank range. Lucky for me, though, there are so many tourists milling about in Toledo that it’s quite easy for me to get away with my hapless attempts of paparazzying (look, I’ve made a new verb!). I think I just need more practice.
So, I’d be most delighted if you joined in! The scope is endless: kids fooling about in a cul-de-sac, someone parading down the pavement in a hideous/dashingly stylish outfit, a street performer up to his tricks, people sitting outside a cafe, oblivious to their dogs getting up to no good… whatever you happen to stumble across that inspires you in some way.
It doesn’t need to be anything spectacular – people going about their daily life, if captured at the right moment, can make for an intriguing image. Nor does it necessarily have to be focused entirely on people – a quirky market stall display or an outrageously decorated shop window can make for good entertainment value. And that’s what it’s all about!
To give a couple of examples, my blog buddy Anna posted this picture last week – the first appearance of a fur clad lady in Moscow – a sure sign that winter is coming. I managed to snap this gorgeous Spanish lady on her motorbike, just in the nick of time. My (real-life) friend Lazooligirl in London took this picture of a shop window mannequin wearing a most bizarre frock, with these eccentrically besunglassed ladies passing by just at the right moment.
Needless to say, the quality of the image is irrelevant – pics will be taken on the move, with a crappy phone camera and surreptitiously… sometimes they will speak for themselves, sometimes the context or a caption will imbue them with relevance and/or hilarity.
Without further a do, I’m kicking off with this pic, taken on Sunday near Toledo’s main square, El Zocodover:
I’m planning on posting under the Street Snaps theme on a weekly basis, provided that I can find the material. To play along, post your entry on any day of the week, just as you would a normal post, and then leave me a comment on my last/current Street Snaps entry, providing the link to your post. Simples!