19 August 2013
Let me know which you prefer and why.
Gracie (http://graciebinoya.com), Polly (http://watchingthephotoreels.com) and I sponsor the Phoneography Challenge. If you’d like to join the fun, please click here for details.
When I come across a blog that focuses on street photography, I study the images. Some of them are enticing, and spark my creative sensibilities.
My everyday viewing aims at life’s other possibilities (the abstract, architecture, design, nature, everyday objects, and play with dark and light). My photographic frames rarely reveal human subjects (the exception: family). But I’m changing my attitude and desire to study the street with my lens.
My recent trip to Philadelphia was an opportunity to open my sights to that visual landscape: the street as fonder for my photographic eye. Strangely, my attempt circled around activity at the 30th Street Station. I became enamored with it as a container for human rhythm and sway.
Street photography is an old art: a genre that has been part of art history for much of the camera’s life. Some of my favorite photographers stilled the bustling of New York and Paris. Truly, while it tends to document cityscapes, for me any street will do–rural, suburban or urban.
The Smartphone (and specifically the iPhone) has played a huge role in re-directing attention to street photography. Phoneography has become its ambassador. As street scenes continue to be uploaded on the Internet, this archival record is becoming massive. Some Phoneographers devote their entire oeuvre to public spaces.
Street photography freezes flashes of human behavior: those moments embedded in a city’s personality. That character of urban landscape has many components: architecture and human activity being the most seductive. It’s really the street life that is its center–the range and tempo of second-by-second motion around and within moving and stationary objects.
In the Lens section are my entries for today’s challenge. While they’re various ways to traverse our cities, public transportation can easily be at the forefront of a day’s meanderings. Buses, cars, subways and trains are omnipresent.
At Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station I was awed by the afternoon light spreading across passengers, pouring shadows in their pathway. I kept at it, recording those waiting and watching.
My three photographs are taken from a slightly different vantage point, following the changes. Suddenly, I realized that I’ve entered a whole dimension that I would otherwise have missed.
Oh, and I was stunned that the iPhone 4s captured wires flowing from the young woman’s cellphone to her ears. These inventions amaze.
Monochrome is a medium that beings additional strength to street photography. That’s why I thought that my three images were apt for this week’s challenge.
Tip of the Week: Click here to view the Website iN-Public, which is devoted to Street Photography. The site is a collective of photographers who “have been invited to show their work because they have the ability to see the unusual in the everyday and to capture the moment.”
Here are other entries:
Note: Here’s a reminder of the weekly schedule and themes for upcoming Phoneography Monday Challenges:
1st Monday: Nature
2nd Monday: Macro
3rd Monday: Black-and-White
4th and 5th Mondays: Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).
Middle one for me.
I don’t care about these people so I don’t need to know what they look like – as in three.
The first one is ‘photographically’ disturbing to my taste because of the sense of posterisation in the greys.
the middle one is very much about mood, which appeals to me.
Thanks for your comment and visit.
I love how you try different ways and angles to get the best out of a photographic moment. For me the best one of these is the one in the middle. The woman is closer than in the first image and thus more prominent. And I like the deep blacks and the high contrast in this picture compared to the last one.
Otto, with almost everyone occupied with technology, the scene before me was packed with layers of attractions and distractions. Still the light was broadcasting itself, and made glowing pockets here and there. Thanks.
Love them … I’m curious to know whether you were ‘sneaking the pics’ … you know, pretending to look at your email … or were in full Street Photo Mode? 😉
Oh, I was there simply shooting. It’s an interesting phenomenon. Truly, I do not think people even notice. It’s a joy. Thanks.
Great and inspiring street photography. My late contribution here:
Thanks, and enjoy the weekend,
I definitely like the third photo best; the others leave me craving detail which is so clear and enjoyable in No. 3. Here’s my take on this week’s theme: http://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/phoneograhpy-monday-black-white/
Su, many thanks.
Very interesting stories you tell. Thank you very much!
Wonderful post, suggestions, and images. I’m especially drawn to #1. I love the shadows, and the full view of the woman…including her feet. The shadows are the most dramatic too.
Patricia, lovely to hear from you. Enjoy the day.
The third photo is my favourite because I love seeing all the architectural details and patterns everywhere.
Thanks, and enjoy the day.
I like the third photo best – the stances of the passengers is more appealing. I think it is because you wonder what they are up to.
Malc, I think that now I am more interested in street photography for just the reason you said. The narratives are mysterious unknowns, but we can play with the possibilities. Thanks.
I hopped over from another blog linked here, out of curiosity. The third image appeals to me, I like details: the people, architecture, they all add interest.
Thank you so much for your comment and visit.
Inspiring as always. The lens are like the extension of our eyes connected to a passionate heart. Thanks
Thank you so much.
The first one- such clarity and light. It beams at you and is a little angelic.
Thank you, the late afternoon light seemed to radiate wherever it could reach.
Sally here is my first entry in phoneography. Glad to see you are using a 4s too it gives me confidence I don’t have to change any time soon. Street photography was my first love and maybe still is thanks for the subject. Love how sharp and crisp your photos are. http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/phoneography-black-and-white-street-photography-summer-love/
Welcome, delighted to have you join the fun. Thanks for the comment.
The first image. First impressions: the small dark grey triangle at the bottom of the frame pulls me right into the image, into this area of light that’s then splintered and broken by shadows. The darkest of shadows is the woman with her smartphone and I’m focused now only on the world of shadows. Behind her is the softer shadow of a person with a cap who appears to be holding a tube and below that is another shadow, one which resembles the profile of an older man with a prominent, round chin. This is what I love about the visual arts. One can become so engrossed, so involved with an image to the point where individual interpretation and sentiment can span the obvious to the existential. Wonderful images all, but that first one was like a cup of really good coffee snapping me to attention.
Truly, I am humbled. Thank you so much.
The bottom image because it captures the light beautifully and because it has not been ‘fiddled with’ too much it has the feel of the old B&W film days.
Thanks so much.
I love how the overhead beams in #3 play off the white cord of the earbuds to the mobile device in the lady’s hand.
Allan, thanks, I was astonished that the iPhone 4s picked up the ear buds. Thanks.
I’m with “weliveinaflat” and like the almost mystical other-worldliness of the first image. It brings to mind the Neil Gaiman book “Neverwhere”.
I didn’t make an entry this time, but enjoyed your description of yours! I am curious to try my hand at some street scenes now though and I will enter in next time. Thanks for the idea!
Erica, lovely to hear from you, and please do join the fun. Thanks.
Hi Sally, good shots. The first one is the one that catches my eye the most. Maybe because of the contrast and graininess 🙂
Here’s my entry for this week’s challenge: http://icastel.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/s-l-o-w/
Thanks, and happy Phoneography Challenge.
The camera on the iPad (or iPhone) is one of the main reasons I got an iPad and will consider getting an iPhone at some point, despite my love-hate attitude towards Apple. As for your pictures, my favorite is the third because I like seeing the detail more. But the others are well done, just have a different feel to them.
My entry goes up in the wee hours of tomorrow, as I have so much on my plate right now but am still trying to do a post a day. Hope you like it, although I “cheated” as you’ll find out when you read my explanation. 🙂
Janey, I await your entry. Thanks for your comment.
Great choices Sally, I think your third shot is my favorite because of the level of detail you captured. The “freeze frame” quality of street photography is fascinating to me and I too want to step outside of my usual patterns and start capturing more of the urban areas around us.
My photos for today’s challenge are here: http://nwframeofmind.com/2013/08/19/iphoneography-monday-8-19-13/
I agree. I am now a true fan of the possibilities of street photography. Thanks.
Sally — Excellent use of the available light. It really sets off the three frames in your B&W street set. Here’s my offering for this week: http://thepalladiantraveler.com/2013/08/19/in-phoneography-veritas/
Thanks so much, see you soon.
As always, thanks for the links; street photography is becoming so interesting to me, and what I would like to do a lot of practice on. I wasn’t able to post on the subject today, but here it is http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/phoneography-challenge-black-and-white-3/
Angeline, street photography is on the list for the challenger’s choice for the fourth and fifth Mondays. Thanks.
Love the clarity and the patterns from all the different architecture and the train in the 3rd photo. Nice eye! Here is my b+w from my iphone 5. http://simplylifestuff.com/2013/08/19/phoneography-monday-bw-2/
Thanks, and happy Phoneography Challenge.
Wonderful photos! Thanks for sharing your insights and tips. Here’s my post: https://motherwifestudentworker.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/phoneography-challenge-black-and-white/
Claudia, so delighted to get your entry. Thanks for your comment and visit.
Yes, very amazing how the phone captured so much detail. The first captivated me a little more…has more of an art feel to it.
Laurie, enjoy the week. See you soon. Thanks.
I am in awe of your street photography skills! I’m so busy taking care of my kids, when I’m out and about, that I forget to take shots like these. My favorite is the top photo. I love the harsh contrast of the subjects’ shadows against the ground. Great work! Happy phoneography Monday! 🙂
Polly, hope that you’ll explore street photography. This experiment pushes me to continue. Thanks.
Very nice black and whites, Sally!
Thanks so much.
All terrific shots Sally but I love the second one. The long, dark shadows just does it for me.
I like the last one the most. And thank you for street photography’s information and website.
Your welcome, thanks.
Love the shadows on the second one created by the light through skylight windows, the light on the girl’s hair. Really nice.
Angeline, thank you for the comment and the visit.
I liked the first photo best because it captured the woman’s shadow. It’s interesting how one is unaware of certain things in person, but truly “sees” in a photograph!
Yes, photographs are interruptive. But also they provide insights that help us see what we do not notice in everyday life. Thanks.
Love the more abstract, graphic quality of #1 🙂 but also how the light highlights the headphone wires in #3
Thanks so much.