On Authenticity, and The Boldness of Street Photography: A Reflection

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In Transit

Notes from the Photographer:

To me, photography is meditation. Like all things that would require patience, every shot is situational, and vastly dictated by its environment. Sometimes, there’s nothing you can do, as a photographer, but to standstill, to focus, and to be prepared (technically) for a shot worth standing on that cold for. It isn’t the bravest of feat, in the general sense, but it does require an interest for the mundane of the street/urban life — minimum. Because nobody wants to go out there, risk getting robbed (or worse) and NOT get at least one decent shot. That shot is everything, and nothing at the same time. Perhaps, in the age of instant photography, and hack photographers, it is quite easy to fake things, to convince people, to feel like a fraud, to get lost in the sea of automation, to lose control of all of the things you’ve learned over the perils of modernization. Perhaps, just like anything that is worth creating, it would require from the doer a little bit more respect to the craft by doing it correctly, and with full attention, even with very little or no gains.

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In the stillness of remembering
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Inhibitions — just how difficult it is to abandon them
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Living to scratch the surface completely
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Solo walks are necessary

Which is why I still think street photography is a pretty bold genre, and if you don’t fully immerse yourself in the action, it will show. When people put a part of their soul in their work, it would be difficult to fake its authenticity. Even when the world is clapping for the other side — or even when it is not clapping at all.

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In full view

Words and photos by the author. This photoset was first published on her journal. Please do not use these without her permission. Photos taken using a Nikon D5100, and a 50mm lens.

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