About making photos with a theme in street photography

About making photos with a theme in street photography - Blog-Beitrag von Fotograf Alex Coghe / 30.07.2021 14:24

To photograph on the street is most of the time we can find. And usually photos arrive to us. There are so many variables and it depends on the day, but this doesn’t mean we can’t make projects.

A unique theme for a street photographer is an important challenge and a way to learn to start thinking for projects that will take you to the next level.

Photographers like Garry Winogrand showed us how to make photos with a theme can bring you to realize books. Think about his work about business men, or about the women, or the zoo. Joel Meyerowitz in 1983 published his book Wildflowers, because by looking his archive he discovered there were a lot of pictures including flowers. So he back on the street to make other photos to add for the book.

To my students I recommend them to start thinking about themes. Maybe also by looking to their archive. The work with the photos already made is important because you can discover a lot of you as a photographer, your attitude and your interests. It is an important experience with yourself and with your photos, always with the focus to let your inner voice emerge.

As an example I show here some photos I made some years ago about men shoes.

A Street Photography vision

A Street Photography vision - Blog-Beitrag von Fotograf Alex Coghe / 27.07.2021 17:11

I always considered Street Photography more a way of seeing and a different approach and way of living photography than a genre.

With this in mind I can achieve pictures with a street photography heart also in photos that apparently can’t be framed in the genre.

Just outside the house I take two simple shots: the ones you can see in this post.

Photographing the nothing that has any meaning is what attracts me and at the same time intrigues me. What prompted me to draw attention to a certain scene? What is the reason why, as photographers, we are induced to take, even improbable things or photos, in fact, that show a motionless situation? Where does the concept of a photograph and subsequently of a series originate?

I think a lot on an ontological level about what I do. I think that each of us, as photographers, are intrigued by some things that we feel compelled to take a picture of. I think it is something absolutely personal and that pushes us to a different exaltation than the more formal photos that maybe we do on assignment or with a very specific project in mind.

Yet I think it is precisely the exaltation in the face of an erratic experience is the precious moment, a revelatory act of who I am as a photographer. That gift that pushes me to get close to something that I can’t get it completely but I want to photograph. And it’s like a great child experience.