Street Photography is defined as “photography that features chance encounters, random accidents and activities, it’s the process of making aesthetically interesting photos with an artistic quality that document some facet of direct human societal activity.” Everyone I’ve read so far that writes about Street Photography has an opinion as to whether the photos should be posed or impromptu, whether you should interact with your subject or remain unseen, if you should request permission for a photo or snap at your leisure….
I had no idea what I would think, or how I would approach it so Dave and I hit Pearl Street Mall today to find out. I should interject here that if you’re from the Denver area, or you’ve been to Boulder’s iconic Pearl Street, you have an idea of what you can expect. If you haven’t been, you have a Pearl Street near you. It’s where the Buskers, Hipsters and “Cool Kids” hang out, and where the rest of us go to get a glimpse of how the “freethinkers” live.
The lighting is beautiful today, a perfect Colorado fall day with bright bold blue skies, the smell of cinnamon and roasting green chilies in the air, there’s even a light wind tossing the fallen leaves about a bit. I mean it is Perfection.
I thought it was weird that it took me awhile to take my first shot, I wandered here and there and snapped quite a few throw away shots until I spotted a young girl watching a Busker. She was decked out in her Halloween best and was absolutely entranced with the performer. I learned a little about my style in that moment, and I felt compelled to ask permission to photograph the young girl and I enjoyed watching her and her family interact as I stood aside to watch their lives for just a moment.
You know I don’t know if I will have the opportunity to do this type of photography often, but in my heart it felt a little like my “sweet spot”, I felt both inspired and elated as I interacted with everyone who allowed me to take their photo. You see, a decade spent tending bar, and even longer spent helping people like me find reasons and ways to stay out of the bar has given me the unique ability to approach anyone, to meet individuals on their terms and accept people in their space.
This photo is of Yulia. It was taken using my Canon 6D, on a 50mm lens, using a small Aperture and ISO 125. She and her mother spoke a language I couldn’t understand, I have no idea what her heritage is but, this little girl is so beautiful that there was nothing to edit.
“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.”