Het is een misvatting dat het candid fotograferen van mensen op straat altijd in een "split second" moet gebeuren. Er zijn situaties dat je snel moet reageren, omdat ze binnen een fractie van een seconde voorbij zijn. Vaak heb je meer tijd en loont het de moeite om die tijd goed te gebruiken om meer foto's te maken ...
Het is een vaak gehoord woord als het over het editen van je straatfoto's gaat: marineren.
De stelling is dat je je foto's eerst bijvoorbeeld een half jaar moet laten rusten voordat je een keuze gaat maken. Het idee is dat je dan pas emotioneel 'los' komt van je foto en beter kunt beoordelen of de kwaliteit goed is.
Deze foto maakte ik in januari 2011 in Groningen. In straatfotografie laat ik graag interacties tussen mensen zien. Soms lijkt de communicatie tussen mensen verdwenen, hoewel dit erg suggestief is om zo te stellen als je deze mensen niet kent.
Ik zat op mijn knieën voor het raam van café-restaurant Huis De Beurs op de hoek Akerkhof en Folkingestraat. Ik zocht een laag standpunt om mezelf niet in de reflectie te zien en om het deel van de fiets in beeld te krijgen. Op het moment van afdrukken had ik oogcontact met beide mensen.
Thuis zag ik pas de tekst op de fiets "Kom Weerom'.
Deze foto is erg waardevol voor me. Ik kijk er graag naar vanwege de emotie, compositie, reflectie en de rust die er uit straalt.
Ik gaf de foto de titel "Happy Hour'.
Yesterday I met Fernando Pires Coulho In Amsterdam. We did some street walking but more street photography talking. At some point we decided that it was time for using the flash on the street. I use the Olympus OMD5 with the flash that came with the camera. A small flash that you put on the hot shoe.
It was fun to do. I felt comfortable using the flash. I was absolutely more visible of course and I heard some surprised reactions. I am planning to do this more often.
I am satisfied with this photo. These people were waiting in the line to visit the Anne Frank museum. It was cold with a strong wind. The woman took shelter under the man's coat.
I took this photo with my iPhone when I was visiting the Market Hall in Rotterdam. I was with my son looking for a place to have diner so I didn't want to spend much time to take the shot.
These kind of street photos seem very popular. I got more than 90 likes on it on Facebook while I normally receive 30 - 40 likes on a street photo. Although I appreciate the likes for this geometric shot, it is not my favorite work. It's kind of easy to make if you spot the right location. Then it is a matter of framing to get the symmetry right and wait a while to have some persons in the picture in a way that it looks more dynamic and organised.
I like the lines and the light and the (almost) symmetry, but these kind of photos don't give me any emotions. It's a clean photo, no more and no less. What I do like is that you can't be really sure in which direction the escalators are moving.
Well, some keen observers pointed out that the symmetry is not 100% perfect. And they are right! I should have moved 5 centimeters to the right.
I took this photo during my RET project in May 2012. RET stands for Rotterdamse Elektrische Tram and is the public transport company in Rotterdam. I did street photography for 16 hours on one day, starting 7:00 AM and ending 11:00 PM. I never left the subway stations. Shooting in trains and stations is not easy. Bad light situations require high ISO settings. By choosing the start and end time on a working day I saw many different people. People commuting, shopping, studying, doing their make-up, reading, listening music, gaming, sleeping, eating, running, waiting ...
It was not only for fun that I did this project. I like to challenge myself and wanted to see how long I could stay focused on the street. Well, I can tell you that I had several dips during the day, periods that I didn't have a decent shot. I was also curious if I would have more good shots in a longer time frame. I was satisfied to have 10 decent shots, relatively not more than I go out for a regular street walk.
I can recommend to do such projects. It needs preparation and that is part of the fun. It brings you a series of photos that can be stronger together than the solo photos. With a system camera you also need some spare batteries.
The photo below is precious to me. I waited about 20 minutes on this overground train station, waiting for the right people to enter the frame. I played a little trick by rotating it 180 degrees. The only time I did this, but it makes this image stronger. I like the strong lines, the shadows and the empty spaces. For me this represents a decisive moment: an interesting event in a strong composition. Everything seems to work together in this photo.
Take a look at a collection of my RET photos.
One of my photos is exhibited in the window of the citizenM hotel in Amsterdam. Together with New Master Artist they launched the 100 "Luggage" images from artists and photographers.
My photo shows model Laura Bergshoef running with a suitcase (2011). The model is staged and the dog and bike are not staged.
Photo taken on my way to meet Thomas Leuthard and other friends for a street photowalk in Amsterdam. Location Amsterdam South, a part of Amsterdam where you don't see many tourist. I like to walk in parts of a city where you can find locals.
This boy was enjoying the sun behind the window. I cropped the photo to 1:1 to remove myself from the left part of the reflection.
I will add this photo to my "Glassy" series.