1. Avoid boredom
I used to shoot like Henri Cartier-Bresson, finding a nice background and waiting for someone to enter. It bored me after 2-3years. I started to shoot like Bruce Gilden, close with a flash, to just have more fun, and to alleviate my boredom in Street Photography.
Are you bored in your street photography?
If so, why?
To alleviate boredom:
- Make more dynamic compositions by tilting your camera, and shooting from low angles, or getting closer.
- Use a flash: enlighten your scenes and subjects, with flash that adds dynamism, drama, and contrast.
- Simplify to the ultimate: “extreme minimalism” in Street Photography. How little of the frame can you show, to make an interesting image?
How else do you avoid boredom in street photography? Share your ideas in ERIC KIM FORUM.
2. Put the masters to shame
Study the masters of street photography, but seek to jump over them and surpass them.
I admire Henri Cartier-Bresson, but a lot of his photos are boring and lack emotional and humanistic soul. I seek to surpass him, in some ways, I think I did.
Find inspiration from the masters, but eventually you gotta cut the umbilical chord. Use them as your mentor, that you eventually must break from. Not your master.
Assignment: Who is your favorite photographer, and ask yourself, “How can I become better than them?”
3. BUY BOOKS, NOT GEAR
Only way to advance is to advance your knowledge and practice.
Buy more photo books, and practice shooting more.
For more inspiration buy STREET NOTES MOBILE EDITION: a street photography workshop in your phone.
You got infinite inspiration. You shoot because it’s your soul’s elation. Fuck the PlayStation, the real world is your playground. So make your own visual sounds. Keep pounding the pavement, to your own elatement. Make strong social statements.
You are not placeable inside a photo box. Never define yourself, and make it rock. Keep hustling, and raise your stock. Keep firing shots, handheld glock.
Shoot against the clock, your time is finite. Create your own photo legacy, your own spiritual Zeitgeist.
Feed Your Hunger in Street Photography
Never stop pounding the pavement: