Opinion and Rant: Street Photography is Dead

Street photography isn’t dead and looks like it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. But to me, the term Street Photography is dead and for good.

I’m not talking about the term itself or where the genre is heading compared to where it was 5 or 10 years ago. I don’t really care about what social media is doing to street photography because I have a very well curated social feed so I only look at quality work that inspires me and that I admire. This is a result of the amount of junk being published by the millions with the hashtag #streetphotography.

At some point in my journey as a photographer, I adopted street photography as a way to learn the technical aspects of operating a camera and reading light, to try to find a way to express my views about the world and to nurture my creativity. It worked! Everything I learned during my early stage as a “serious photographer” is thanks to street photography. But there is a big problem, I fell victim to the trend; I read books, followed blogs, attended workshops and joined Facebook groups-all focusing on what others do and say. Now, because of that, my photographic judgment is fucked!

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