TPL: What is it that you enjoy about street photography? Explain your technique? What do you want to express through your photography? And what are some of the elements you always try to include in your photographs?
Part of the reason I enjoy street photography is the fact that there's always a different way to approach things in the terms of capturing candid street moments and I'm so excited when all the stars align; when all the elements of the scene line up perfectly, from the lighting to the unique human emotion, to the overall ambiance.
For me, street photography is also ultimately liberating because it is an expression of my need to look at things differently. I've always been drawn to the power of imagery as a way to express my own completely subjective interpretation of what I feel rather than I see. Over time, I have come up with some techniques that work for me most of the time:
- tilting the camera and changing the level of view
- often shooting through other objects, as this allows me to create a dramatic sense of mystery in a photograph
I'm less interested in creating images the traditional way - as street photography is an art form without constraint - but I'm much interested in the realm of artistic approach of things. Besides, I'm much concerned with the unusual or unexpected. As a photographer, I want my pictures to contain a surplus of meaning, to stimulate a feeling, to move the viewer emotionally. Some of the elements I try to include in my frame are: storytelling; emotion; an interesting character; the soul of a city. Sometimes I want to include only an object or trace left by humans that reveal something about life.