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How To Turn Your Photography Writing Into A Form of Income

Thanks to the internet everyone can get their words down on virtual paper and try to spread their message to the world. Certainly over the past five years the idea of writing from your laptop – and making money from it – has become a very attractive profession, especially to millennials. The term ‘Digital Nomad’ has been born and everyone wants a slice of the pie. The idea of taking great photos and writing articles to go with them has become big business – hence why so many want to get involved. But whilst some believe all you need is an internet connection, a blog account and a strong yoga pose in your avatar, the reality is it takes a lot of sacrifices to start making money from writing about photography.

In this piece I’m going to share my personal journey and the steps you need to take if you’re aiming to earn an income from writing....
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Cam Crosland’s Fishing With Dynamite Shows An Empathetic Approach To Flash Street Photography

Cam Crosland is a street photographer based in London. Their work has been described as both poetic and powerful — a description we are in complete agreement with. Through their series Fishing With Dynamite, Cam adopts a gentler, more empathetic approach to flash street photography.

Whilst their identity does not define the calibre of their work, Cam’s path to identifying as non-binary has certainly played its role in the way their work is produced. Just as street photography has played its role in helping Cam on their path of self-exploration.

We spoke to Cam to talk about their amazing work and life as a non-binary street photographer....
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Tomas Ayuso Shows Why the Honduran Youth Are Fighting for the Right to Grow Old

Travelers come from all over the world to visit Honduras. From the beautiful island of Utila to the picturesque town of Copan, it’s labelled paradise to those who stop by. But for many that live there the narrative couldn’t be more different. Government corruption and painful inequality mean that life for a local is tough. Issues with violence and access to basic needs are also making it an impossible place to live. That’s why many, including the countries youth, are fleeing in hope for something better.

Tomas Ayuso is a Honduran photojournalist and has been documenting the crisis, spending time with those that have decided to leave in the process. The story has taken him to the US/Mexican border, given him access to makeshift homes often housing large groups of people and allowed to create some truly meaningful work.

We spoke to Tomas to learn more about how circumstances are tearing his home nation apart....
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Review: Masters of Photography With Albert Watson

“From the first minute I picked up a camera I had that passion. And when I was shooting last week I still had that passion” says Watson. An opening statement that gives the student reassurance they’re about to learn from someone still enthusiastic about the art form. With our excitement bubbling over, let’s take a deeper look at Albert Watson’s Masters of Photography course…...
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Cassie Roschs’ Heart Warming Wedding Photography Will Make You Smile

When that big day arrives, the soon to be married couple need to be confident they’ve got a photographer that can perfectly document their intimate moment. Cassie Rosch is that photographer.

Her heart-warming and breathtaking photography has made her high in demand. From Guatemala to Italy; from mountains to lakesides, Cassie is extremely well traveled when it comes to photographing weddings.  This comes as no surprise, as her through her work she goes far beyond the candid snapshot. Cassie has the ability to show empathy, love, connectivity and that emotional bond in her images....
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Jane Dickson Documented the Darker, Crime Ridden Times Square

Times Square in the 70s and 80s wasn’t the squeaky clean version we know today–and we can thank folks like photographer Jane Dickson for documentary style images of what we knew of the era. Back then it was known for being New York’s hub of seediness, drugs and crime. Movie theatres were showing pornography and the streets were dominated by pimps and prostitutes – it was the mecca for indulgence and perversion....
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NYT Production Assistant John Kurdewan Recounts Bill Cunningham

Bill Cunningham is one of the most iconic figures in our industry. A fashion photographer for the New York Times, he was best known for taking candid images of America’s best-dressed people. As with most successful photographers, there’s always a team behind them. John Kurdewan was both a close friend and production assistant for Bill Cunningham. For Bill’s famous feature ‘On The Street’, John was right there beside him helping to put it all together.  Their friendship and professional relationship lasted for over 20 years, until Bill’s passing in 2016.

“We never had a single argument,” says Kurdewan. So what was life like working so close to one of the greatest photographers of a generation?...
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The Beginner’s Guide To Shooting Street Portraits (Part 3)

By now you should have gathered some experience in approaching people in the street and asking them to take their portrait. Through using the tips and techniques listed in part 1 and part 2,  hopefully your confidence has grown – both in taking street portraits and  communicating with people.  I’m sure there have been some difficult encounters along the way, trust me that’s all part of the learning process. As we bring this beginners guide to a close we are going to take a closer look at what makes a compelling street portrait and how to end the interaction with your subject after taking a street portrait....
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Should We Embrace Staged Street Photography?

Staged street photography is often given the label of being the stain on the craft. Most people in the scene are busting their ass just to get an authentic, candid frame. Some, however, are bringing a preconceived concept to life and passing it off as something that it isn’t. One of the issues with staged street photography is that is very difficult to prove. It’s always going to be your word against theirs – unless of course, you have proof, but that’s not easy to obtain. But whilst we may agree that we can’t eradicate the fraudulent approach to street photography, is there a possibility we are able to embrace it?...
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Michael Massaia’s Fine Art Photography Is a Quest for Perfection

Michael Massaia likes to walk amongst the creatures of the night. It is where he is most content and able to create is stunning fine art photography. A self-described perfectionist, Michael takes his time in order to bring his captivating concepts to fruition. His work has been exhibited far and wide and his prints admired, purchased and hung by clients that love his work.

We caught up with Michael to see what life is like as a fine art photographer always on the quest to find perfection…...
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Walter Rothwell’s Street Photography Puts a Unique Spin On London

Over the past few years, there has been a surge in popularity for street photography. One of the driving forces behind its current success is London based street photographer, Walter Rothwell. He is a co-founder of one of the biggest communities in the scene, Street Photography International, which has an impressive 800,000 followers on Instagram alone. His work is dark and gritty, whilst still holding an artistic aesthetic. To him, street photography is much more than just hitting the shutter button. He understands the psychology behind the craft and the intimate approaches that make the difference between a snapshot and a street photograph – that’s probably why he is so good at it!...
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Noel Bodle Creates Masterful Black and White Photos of the British Landscape

The British landscape will leave people in awe when they view it. For all the grey clouds and wet weather, the beautiful sites of the British landscape make it a hot spot for tourists and landscape photographers. Whilst many try to recreate the amazing scenery through their lens, few achieve it. Noel Bodle, however, is a photographer that has been able to transfer the majestic wonderment of Britain to his photographs. Borrowing from the natural elements, Noel is creating some truly stunning landscape photography – the kind that belongs on your wall.

We asked if he would take us on a journey, he was more than happy to oblige....
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The Beginner’s Guide To Shooting Street Portraits (Part 2)

Welcome back to the second instalment of The Beginner’s Guide To Shooting Street Portraits. Last week we defined what street portraits are, looked at how you should approach a subject and the best ways to handle rejection. This week we’re going to take your knowledge a step further. We will cover effective methods to make your subject feel relaxed and what settings you should be using when taking a street portrait. Of course, we want you to get hands-on practice, so expect us to send you away with a little challenge to focus on...
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A Look at Photographers Documenting the Modern Civil Rights Movement

It’s almost 51 years since the death Martin Luther King Jr. He helped shape the world and was the face of the fight that would spark change in the oppression of the black community and the on-going racial divide. Photography played it’s part in history, documenting the rise of one of the worlds most influential figures and the movement that came with him. Now in 2019, the fight he would still no doubt be at the front of if he could is still being fought.  This goes beyond black and white, this is about any social group that is facing oppression and adversity. And as the modern civil right movement is in full force, we have a generation of photographers that are here to capture it....
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Is the “Click to Like” Model Harming the Ability to Take Criticism?

By being a writer and photographer I’m automatically searching for the validation of others. Call it creative, attention seeking or the need to be accepted, the measurement of my success is partly dependent on the reaction of others. For my generation, we grew up with a very simplistic approach to giving and receiving feedback – click like, or don’t click at all. However, when people give genuine feedback it can throw me off course. As a result, it’s not always easy to initially digest....
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This Fujifilm Camera and Vintage Lens Help Jennifer Carter Create Unique Concert Photos

Jennifer Carter fell into concert photography through circumstance. Her love for music and passion for photography were brought together and she hasn’t looked back since. Her images provoke connection and feeling, almost to the point you can hear and feel the music from her subjects.

Borrowing from the best of both worlds, Jennifer uses a combination of modern camera bodies and vintage lenses. Intrigued by this approach, we caught up with her to learn more about her work....
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The Beginner’s Guide To Shooting Street Portraits (Part 1)

I’m often asked about my process when it comes to photographing strangers. How do I approach someone? What if they say no? Should I shoot in manual mode? These are just a few of questions I receive as people want to start their own journey in street portraiture. Determined to help our readers, I’m putting together a 3 part guide to help develop your approach to street portraits....
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Female-Only Exhibitions: Are Women in Street Becoming Everything They Fought Against?

Men and women have been at battle for centuries. With the patriarchy in full swing across all areas of life, several revolutions have been born with the aim to break it down. It is of no surprise then that this “you against us” divide found its way to our little old world of street photography. Often blasted as being a middle-aged white man’s club, the big names in street photography have been put under increasing pressure to push fairer representation within the field.  Things seem to be working…...
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Maryline Rivard’s Conceptual Photos Convey Magical Levels of Inspiration

Within a scene of truly spectacular fantasy, Maryline Rivard is showing you elements of her reality. Her conceptual creations are something you can only admire, more so as she plays the dual role of photographer and subject. Through hard work, persistence and the odd climb up a huge rock, Maryline sets the bar in terms of her work ethic and creative output.

Impressed by the photographer, mesmerized by the subject, we wanted to get to know the artist from Quebec, Canada a little better…...
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Adam Miller Shoots Street Photography with Flash in NYC’s Blizzards

Adam Miller loves New York City. He never takes it for granted and appreciates all that it gives. That’s why no matter the season, you will find him out with his camera making his awesome photographs.

Known for his fine art prints and breathtaking cityscapes, Miller also is an excellent street photographer. We were particularly drawn to his project NYC Snow Blizzards in which he has created a series of images, documenting New Yorkers during the coldest of climates.

We spoke to him to discuss the project and to get a better understanding of what life is like shooting street during the challenging blizzard season…...
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Fadi BouKaram: The Photographer on a Quest to Visit Every Lebanon in the US

That opening may sound like a set up for a joke without a proper punchline, but in actual fact, it’s the truth. Born in Beruit, Fadi BouKaram is no stranger to Lebanon. He grew up in the war-torn nation, where the only remains of people are the photographs that survived them. Fadi has a deep-rooted passion for photography that was born in the most difficult of circumstances.

Meanwhile, across the North Atlantic is America – the self-proclaimed land of the free. But unbeknown to some, there is also a Lebanon in the world’s most powerful nation – in fact, there are 43 of them.
Intrigued by the history and relationship with America and Lebanon, BouKaram decided to pay a visit…to each and every one of them. With his itinerary set out and his camera in hand, the project came to life. We’re going to catch up with him to see how he has been getting on....
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These Portrait Photographers Are Really Doing it For Us Right Now

We love portrait photography. The creativity, the light, the imperfections all go into the photographic cocktail that gets our juices flowing. Platon, Annie Leibovitz, Richard Avedon – we’re going to keep going – Diane Arbus, Angus McBean, Albert Watson, all of them made us fall in love with the craft. And whilst we will hold them close to our hearts forever, they’ve all had their time to shine. And as the light keeps on shining a new batch of photographers will fall into it. But who?...
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Why I Stopped Worrying About Photo Editing and Focused on Getting it Right

Photo editing has become synonymous with the act of taking photos. No matter what photographic genre you practise, the likelihood is that after each shoot you load up your images and start making adjustments. Whether it’s a slight tweak to the highlights or a big pump in contrast, the editing room is where you bring your photo to life. But why? Why are so many of us conditioned to think a photo isn’t a photo until it has been processed in post-production? I decided to free myself of the editing shackles and I haven’t looked back since. Here’s what I learned....
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Street and Documentary Photography: What’s the Difference?

If we analyse both genres, on the surface we will find many similarities. Both center around the model of the candid frame. They are unpredictable and often the photographer will have to adapt their approach in order to get the story they are wanting to tell. They are a form of social documentary, portraying the current times, people and culture. When we think of some of the masters, take Robert Frank as an example, his work has somehow merged the two genres and made it into one. But remember, that is just the surface. Once we go deeper the differences start to develop and we’re going to take a look at them....
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Street Photographer Jurgen Burgin: Somehow I Love it and Somehow I Hate it

“People tell their own stories about my photos, they discover new things and the photos evoke a narrative stream within them” says Burgin, a German street photographer from Berlin. What’s evident is his strong ambition to connect with his audience and for his work to take them on a journey. Through his dark, mysterious and, at times, beautiful messy images, he is able to captivate those that view them.

He is a street photographer that create work that demands attention. We were fortunate enough to speak to him and learn more about his approach to the craft....
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Four Up and Coming Documentary Photographers You Should Know About

The impact documentary photography has on the world is invaluable. It opens our eyes to things that are happening which we wouldn’t normally be aware of.  Powerful storytelling can change the way we think, the way we see and on an emotional level, the way we feel. Without it, we may not have broken boundaries or changed ideologies. As for the role of the photographer, to produce a high standard of documentary work is no mean feat. Thankfully, as with the seasoned pros, there is a new batch of storytellers that are here and ready to keep sharing the narratives we want to know about....
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Photographer Stephen DiRado on Documenting His Father’s Battle with Alzheimer’s

Stephen DiRado has been taking photographs since he was 12 years old. From early on, his friends and family became accustomed to him pointing a camera in their face. The camera was the bridge that brought him closer to those around him. In the late 1980s his father’s (Gene) health became the focus of his lens. Although it was first thought to be depression, Gene was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Until his Gene’s death in 2009, Stephen visually documented his journey with the illness. We caught up with him to explore the impact the process had on him and their relationship....
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10 Best Street Photographs on Social Media

Many people blame social media for the supposed death of street photography. What was once a rich man’s game is now accessible to the many and not the few. With that comes great grumblings – “now anyone can put their rubbish pictures out to the world” or “all the good photographs are far outweighed by the bad ones”. Both those statements do have a ring of truth to them (but we like the idea of photography being inclusive). So, to save you the frustration of scrolling endlessly on your quest for good street photography, we’ve found the 10 best street photographs on social media this week....
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Three Modern Day Masters of Natural Light Street Photography

Lighting will make or break a photograph. You could have the most interesting subject in the world, but if it isn’t lit well then you may as well forget about it. From softboxes to strobe lights; flashguns to Rotalights, we have come with wonderful ways of ensuring our sensors capture the best images possible. Unlike manufactured light, however, ambient light is much trickier to take control of. With the great work being produced underneath the earth’s sun – let’s take a look at the modern-day masters of natural light....
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My Affinity with Street Photography: A Love Story Like No Other

I’ve been practising street photography for roughly 6 years now. When I first started, I would walk around the streets with an old Olympus bridge camera – taking photos of anything and everything.  I didn’t actually learn the term “street photography” until two years after I started practising it.  After watching a Matt Stuart documentary, I said to myself “oh, that’s what I do” – albeit nowhere near to the same standard....
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Review: Magnum – The Art of Street Photography (Online Course)

Magnum, arguably the worlds’ number one photography collective, has put on workshops all around the world. Over the years, their A-list photographers have passed on their skills to new and experienced photographers. Now, for the first time, Magnum have delved into the world of online teaching –  focusing first on street photography. The course has almost 3 hours of content which is split into 10 lessons. Inside you’ll see appearances from the likes of Bruce Gilden, Martin Parr and Susan Meiselas – as well as a host of other industry-leading experts....
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How To Develop Your Photographic Voice

New photographers often want to imitate those that inspired them to first delve into the world of photography. They look at images from the past masters and confirm to themselves “I want to take photographs just like that”. They buy their first camera and tell the whole world that they are going to be a photographer. First, forcing family members to sit and pose, and second, taking photos of every sunset that they witness. But like any relationship, the honeymoon period only lasts for so long. Over time you need to become more confident in who you are and what you can do. You need to find your place in the photographic world, and it needs to hear your voice.  Doing so isn’t easy – how does one go from replicating the work of others to truly finding out who they are as a photographer?...
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How to Get More Intimacy in Your Photographs

Intimacy is a beautiful part of being human. It makes our heart beat faster, our pupils dilate and fills our brains with endorphins. To have the opportunity to record that is an extremely satisfying thing to do.  To connect with intimacy, however, isn’t always straightforward. If we are not open to the process of identifying a human connection, then the tiny moments of connectivity will slip past our eye. For this reason, we must train both our mind and our eye to spot all the amazing moments of human interaction that happen on our streets. Here’s how…...
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How Street Photography Remains My Glimmer of Hope

2018 has been an emotionally charged year for me. In a short space of time, I quit a job that made me miserable, reconnected with my Dad after 10 years apart, walked away from an emotionally abusive partner and visited 10 countries in between. Alongside that, I have started two new careers, lived in 3 different cities and got a whole new camera system!  And as we approach the final quarter of the year, it has all caught up with me. In result of this, I have found myself feeling anxious and mildly depressed. As I try to unwrap and make sense of it all, street photography has been the light carrying me through....
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Street Photography: Success Vs Meaning; Which Wins?

Okay, let’s get personal. 2018 has been an extremely intense year for me, both personally and professionally. From reconnecting with my Dad after 10 years, quitting my job, through to coming away from an unhealthy relationship. I feel I have taken my street photography to the next level. There are two images that have stood out for me in 2018, both for completely different reasons. One is an image that has generated the most popularity and success. The other provides me with a deep sense of meaning and has emotional importance....
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7 Places to Find Inspiration for Your Next Street Photography Project

Coming up with a street photography project isn’t easy. There’s a lot of copy cats out there and unoriginal ideas inspired by someone else. But the key here is to find inspiration and to create something that is truly unique to you. You’ve got to find your own spin or take on something. If you are wanting to work on a project, but need a little bit of direction, here are 7 places to find inspiration....
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RANT: All That is Wrong with Street Photography

We recently ran a story covering the demise of the popular street photography collective, In-PUBLiC. The community became divided over one simple photo and things became quite heated. But whilst dummies are being spat out on the floor, there are far bigger issues destroying this craft....
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How to Think in Black and White When Shooting Street Photography

The modern world is spoilt for choice when it comes to cameras, gadgets and editing tools that bring out the beautiful colours in your photographs. I have just got the Fuji XT2 and I’m learning all about those famously addictive ‘Fuji Colours’. But even in modern times, there is still a demand for that classic black and white look....
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Is This The End of In-PUBLiC? Questioning What Street Photography Really Is

iN-PUBLiC has been a long-standing and respected collective in Street Photography. For the best part of 18 years, it has featured some of the most applauded and successful street photographers. But could one simple photograph be about to bring what has been a strong source of education for so many to its bitter end?...
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Two hours on 9/11: An interview with Phil Penman

For most people who were unfortunate to find themselves amongst the terrible event on 9/11, their first action would have been to get away as quickly as possible. However, photographers are not most people…...
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The Five Street Photographers Currently Inspiring Us Who You Should Know About

Not only am I passionate about shooting street photography, I am also passionate about consuming street photography. There are so many wonderful street photographers working today, that we are almost spoilt for choice when it comes to finding inspiration. So, whether I am in a rut, want a new photobook, or just want to enjoy the skills of others; here are five street photographers currently inspiring me....
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How to Bring Your Photography Project to Life (and Possibly Get Paid)

You have had your lightbulb moment. You have come up with a creative project idea and you are sure it will catapult your career to the high heavens. Now what? In this piece, we will discuss the steps you can take to bring your photography project to life....
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Giving a Voice to the Voiceless: A Critical Look at Street Photography

Knowing the back roads, the old towns and the highly populated areas like the back of your hand all contributes to potentially obtaining the maximum artistic quality in your images. Of course it takes time to develop such awareness, something that can only come from an insane amount of walk time. In light of your hard work you may become somewhat of a human encyclopedia, filled with the all the answers to any questions one may have about the street you practice your craft in. But even then, after years of collecting such information, do you really know those beautiful streets as well as you say you do?...
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How to Get Out of a Rut with Street Photography and Continue Growing

There is a mental process that goes into making photographs of everyday people in the street. Confidence is a huge driving force in you getting strong compelling visual content. And when confidence is high, so is your creative flair. However, there will be times when you’re not your best self, and a high level of creative productivity is not always sustainable. Almost unknowingly you fall deep into a rut and your photography suffers. You can all of sudden feel stuck, and find that you are asking yourself, how do I get out of this?...
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I Quit My Day Job to Fuel My Street Photography; This Is What Happened

Tapping into your creative thoughts can be a difficult process. Challenges such as lacking motivation, direction and ideas can be common brick walls almost every creative has to try and break through at some point or another. What makes the sometimes painful journey through your creative flow even more of a challenge, is trying to balance it with everything else life throws at you. Working a job, keeping a home, remaining committed to your family and friends, are just some of life’s work load that takes time away from your creative space. What, however, would happen if all those other aspects of your world disappeared? What if life’s distractions were no more and all the thoughts in your mind could be channeled creatively?...
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Does Our Street Photography Have Meaning?

I have been practising Street Photography for some time now. As the years have gone by I have been happy with the progress that I have made, both aesthetically and in obtaining knowledge. A few days ago I was reviewing my portfolio, trying to understand exactly what direction I want to go with my body of work. As I went through the images something started to bug me. In a wake-up call style moment I found myself in front of my laptop asking – “Does my work have any meaning?”....
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How to Escape Your Bubble in Street Photography

An old tutor once told me “Street Photography is not about just one good element in the frame. It is about bringing several elements together, and creating stories that are not necessarily obvious to the everyday eye”. Simply put – He was telling me my work was bland and boring, and that I needed to dig deeper if I was ever going to produce anything of any worth....
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Try This if You Have Become Stagnant with Your Street Photography

Ever find yourself feeling like you are hitting your head against brick wall with your street work? Feeling deflated, leading to something that is meant to be a source of enjoyment, becoming a monotonous burden on your mind. Coming home with with an SD card full of images that look exactly like your previous session. The same brick walls, the same angles and sometimes, even the same people. Your relationship with street photography can start to feel like a job – tagging in and tagging out, without really being present during the process in between. You do the same walk, pit stop at the same coffee shops and get the same bus home. This isn’t what street photography is meant to be and the reason it is happening is because you are staying too close to home....
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