As an in-home documentary photographer the past 10 years for both clients and my own children, I quite frankly was drained creatively. We all get in ruts, but this one wasn't a rut. It was a need for change to push myself creatively as a photographer.
I discovered street photography about 5 years ago and was hooked.
Street photography is definitely a genre that is picking up steam. Street allows you to be totally present in the moment creating images solely for you. Not for your client, not for your kid's memories, but 100% for YOU.
I am thrilled that Illuminate has given me a place to share my love of street with the community. The first run of Street Smart earlier this year was an incredible eye-opener for the students, most of which had never hit the streets before! I was blown away by how quickly they produced captivating images of the society around them and pushed through fears to get to the other side. There is no greater photography 'high' in my book than nailing that fleeting moment on the street.
Another thing to note? Street can be shot ANYWHERE. I'm lucky, I live near NYC, but I also shoot suburbia where I live with my family. On the beach, a boat, downtown, suburbia, a park, the possibilities are only limited by your own mind. Street puts a mirror up to society whatever that society may be and the students of Street Smart did just that, and well.
Here's a sample of some of the work a few of the students produced as we cycled through the lessons on overcoming fear, composition, juxtapostion, what makes a great street photo (versus a snapshot) and that critical decision of presenting your street photo in B+W or color.
image by Julie Bishop
image by Rebecca Hannicutt
image by Rhianna Sgardner-Meems
image by Susan Hayes
image by Erica Knecht
image by Nicole Graziano
image by Hallie Paulson
image by Kenzi Tainow
image by Dawn Wessman
image by Ariel Dolfo
image by Ann Leaver
image by Jaime Mitchell
Street Smart will be offered again this fall, starting September 10. Click here to register.