Ok so “street photography” is supposed to be for the most part an unmediated chance encounter.
While it borders on being “candid” there is still a difference. And for those who may not know; no you do not have to be in the street while capturing street style photography.
So let me talk about these two photos because they both are at the top of my all-time favorite street style shots.
I have blogged before about the morning in 2012 when I created a project where I would stand in the village street at the busiest time of the morning and I photographed everything that passed by or that came within 3 meters of me.
It was a lot of fun and I captured some real interesting images. Now first let me say that while most photographers will show their “street style” photography in black & white and I love my black & whites. However I have always had the mindset that because
Thailand is one of those places in the world that is so vibrant in color I personally feel I need to show the color. For street I try to refrain from using “saturation” but sometimes I will break that rule too.
Ok so I love this image for mainly one reason and it is her smile. Her smile is so “in the moment” and natural. I did not know her nor did I think she was actually seeing me.
It is kind of hard to miss a big white guy standing in the middle of the street with a full frame camera and a 70-200mm lens.
With that said; many of the people who passed me by that morning never even looked my way, and again I was no more than 3 meters away.
So while I was shooting the burst of about 3 to 4 shots I remember seeing her smile in the view finder and I instantly thought “unusable” I’ll have to delete them because most times when people know your taking their photo… well it just doesn’t look natural.
But this was different because she was not moving slow and as she was approaching I was face away from her shooting something that had just went by. When I turned I had the camera already up and in position, essentially the total time was like 3-5 seconds.
So for her to see me and crack such a beautiful smile (and a peace sign) so quickly while her front passenger is more than clueless just adds to the excitement of these images. Beauty & youth are synonymous and when you add a natural smile it just melts my heart.
While the images are a little soft on focus the content more than makes up for the lack of sharpness, this is the case with many great street style shots.
So for those of you who know me personally and hear me talk about the village my wife is from… well this is a typical morning scene right outside our front door.