Saturday, 24 March 2012

Jackfruit Seller at Masjid Jamek

Recent days I have been reading up on websites and visiting blogs that posted street photography. One inspiring one is by San Francisco Daily Photo that featured many nice scenes of the city. My favourite one is the Doggy Bag.

Another one that inspired me is Eric Kim, a street photographer who recently was in Kuala Lumpur giving a workshop on street photography. He makes being fearless about going on the street and click away very rewarding. He even brought some students from his workshop to the street of Kuala Lumpur to capture street scenes. You can catch a video of it here.

There are some inspiring street photographers with their creative works giving me ideas how shooting ordinary life on the streets, candidly can be worthwhile.

*  Henri-Cartier Bresson (1908-2004) - a French photographer considered to be the Father of modern photojournalism who helped develop the street photography style.
*  Michael Martin of New York
*  Characters of New York City by Pim Henriksen
*  Jason Martini's Chicago 
*  Thomas Leuthard

There are a lot more that I would love to learn about street photography.  I intend to embark on this journey. For a start, I will follow the tips given:

1)  Get close to the people.
2)  Shoot from a fixed focal length.
3)  Shoot from the hip.
4)  Keep my eyes open for some compelling shadows (as featured in Eric Kim's blog:  5 Tips How to Capture Compelling Shadows in Street Photography).


A jackfruit seller outside Masjid Jamek, KL before Friday prayer.

This photo was taken in Jan before I started reading about street photography and I would like to work on improving on my composition.

1 comment:

Kitty said...

Good luck, JC, I look forward to seeing some of your photos. I bet street culture is incredible in Malaysia. I haven't been, but would love to visit someday.

nice that you got a smile from this fellow.

"Use your first smile, your first form of generosity, of love, of kindness—use it at home; start at home. And if there is something left over—if … your plate is just full of abundance of patience and goodness and smiles and joy, then by all means, you should go … and offer that to others. But we must begin at home." by Dr Robin Smith