I have a love/hate relationship with photography. On one hand it's the ultimate in self entertainment. On the other hand it's such a pain in the butt. I love, LOVE, good photographs. They vex me generally because of their perceived simplicity. For all of the fretting we do to get lighting right,style it, and then shoot, the best shot invariably happens when something goes wrong. A light breaks. The model laughs and blows diet coke out of her nose. (The diet coke flying out isn't the good shot, but it's the relative ease that is produced once both parties lose all of their dignity that creates the best shot).
I romanticize about street photography. No set up. Just observation and the gumption to go and photograph someone.
One of my favorite blogs is "the sartorliast" by photographer Scott Schumann. He's brilliant in concept... and concept nearly always trumps technique.
Here is something that has vexed me. Why are we as photographers so uncreative? We claim a quasi-alternative lifestyle while copying mercilessly other peoples techniques and ideas. Copying is not bad, if I had a nickel for all of the times I knocked off Annie Liebovitz I would have atleast a buck twenty. Case in point... The 2010 Mabry Family Pic and Leibovitz's Journeys for Louis Vuitton.
Anyway, back to copying technique. I've met a lot of "natural light photographers" and after they tell me why they choose to use no lighting help I discover that they don't know how to use a strobe or anything else for that matter. Copying is cool, but let's copy from those that are great at what we want to copy. So "natural light" friends... copy Della Bass! She is gutsy with her natural light and doesn't automatically look for the open shade... Doesn't hide behind a plug-in to make up for wimpy decisions at the lens. She's a renaissance woman in clean photography. She's like the Rolling Stones in artistic simplicity. I freaking love The Stones.
So I've decided to start taking more pictures, every day. I just bummed a neck strap off of my buddy Steve Porter -whose camera I once dropped down a ravine. I'm going to get a littler lens and start just shooting more... like the Stones would.
I'm going to start treating my mistress, photography, a little better.
Here are some actual "street" pictures, as opposed to "street photography". I always seem to be driving when I get a good view. These are when I actually stopped the car to look.