Street photography. Those two words have a lot of connotations, and often, it seems to be photos of people standing on the street, maybe checking their phones. Those photographs don’t do a lot for me. They are more like record shots, than documentaries of anything going on. While taking place on the street, they tell a boring story.
And for me, for a street photo to have merit, it has to have a good story. Even if it’s one that may not be easily deciphered, it has to have one. Because content is king. That is what makes a photograph move from the discard pile into the keep pile, for me.
Besides photography, I am a writer and filmmaker, and my film sense is very much small, art-house fare, not Hollywood explosive action flicks. I like a good story about people, a story that I can relate to. The simpler the better. Just don’t be predictable or boring–two of the cardinal sins of storytelling.
Here’s my idea of a storytelling street photo. Shot with a Rolleiflex. A little girl sizing up the offerings around the next corner.
I shoot a lot of street photography on a digital Fuji X100, as well as film. You can see more here: http://kennethwajda.com/kennethwajdastreetphotography.htm
Would love to know your thoughts on street photography.