Leading Lines and Cubism. Part 2.

Cubism

A week has passed since I wrote about Cubism and leading lines. I’ve thought long and hard about this, and come to the conclusion that this idea has something going for it. However, we can read more into this than there needs to be. For that matter, maybe there is too much of a focus on composition, full-stop.

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Balloon Seller, Hydrabad

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Leading Lines, Cubism and Street Photography

Disclaimer

There are somethings I know quite a lot about. When I speak and write about something, I try to make sure I know what I am talking about. This is an idea in progress…. I’m thinking out loud. As always, I would love to hear your thoughts.

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Lines lead down an alley…

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Instax Cameras and Street Photography

Using The Fujifilm Instax 90 Neo Classic

This is not a review, more of a discussion. This camera is NOT going to create award winning photos, does not have great dynamic range and, believe me – you would not want to be paying for this thing to spit out 12 shots a second. However, it is fun and a great conversation piece at parties. It also enables the the act of giving. Instantly.

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Giving a Photo!

While far from a ‘specs’ list, here are some points you may like to know.

  • It shoots at a high f/number – generally, everything is in focus.
  • It looks cool and rugged, but is made entirely of plastic.
  • The Instax 90 has a few more manual controls than other models – but not that many.
  • The film is quite expensive.
  • The quality of the photos is either poor, or hip and grungy. Depends on your viewpoint.

I suspect that these comments would be the same for any model of instant camera. In general, they really are not that good for high quality prints. But they are instant, and that is pretty handy.

Opening Doors

Street photographers take. We take a lot. We take tiny snippets of people’s time and lives. Sometimes these moments are never noticed, other times they are appreciated, and unfortunately, there are times when photographers are just damn intrusive. It should come as no surprise that sometimes we are not wanted!

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Sharing

Every day I take a shortcut from work and pass by a group of families that live in a small squatter camp. They herd goats and appear to have a couple of cows. The camp looks ragged and is created from waste construction site materials, tarpaulin and scraps of plastic. I have been invited into a hut once, and the interiors are clean and tidy. Children play, women cook, and men head out looking for manual labor jobs.  Although I always get a friendly wave, the people living there become shy when my camera is out, and are reticent about allowing photography.

Equipped with my Instax, I have been able to give the families photos they can keep. The act of giving opens hearts, particularly when you are providing mothers with pictures of their children. Using this technique I have started to make inroads in the community. This is not the only location where I have used this method to build bridges. The Instax camera is now a tool I keep in my bag.

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Final Image

Tips and Tricks

  • If you try this method, make sure you only take as much film as your budget allows. I give myself one roll a day (10 pics).
  • Warning. Once you have handed out photos, any subsequent images you take with your ‘proper’ gear will be of people looking at their prints!
  • Clear some wall space at home. These photos are quite addictive.
  • Wonder at how you are managing without memory cards, Lightroom and Photoshop!

Take care and keep clicking, Chris

 

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Photographing an Open Cremation

Antyesti (IAST: Antyeṣṭi, Sanskrit: अन्त्येष्टि) literally means “last sacrifice”, and refers to the funeral rites for the dead in Hinduism. This rite of passage is one of traditional Saṃskāras in the life of a Hindu. It is also referred to as Antima Sanskar, Antya-kriya, Anvarohanyya, or as Vahni Sanskara.

(Wikipedea, 27 Aug 2018)

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5 Photo Blogs That Make You Go Hmmmm

This post started as “Ten Top Street Photography Blogs.” However, let’s be honest, there are already 100’s of blog post with similar articles, and they all mention identical websites. Instead, here is my list of websites than make you go Hmmmm.

1.  Sewerfresh

https://sewerfresh.com/

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Image taken from sewerfresh.com

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Judging Our Own Photos

My photos are not as good as I sometimes think they are. Probably, neither are yours. This statement is most powerful when our latest images are transferred from memory card to computer. The photo below, captured this weekend, is such an example. In this image I like how the subject is lit, as well as the sweeping lines of the flyover above. The three areas of green help hold the photo together. However, I am not sure if there is enough in this photo to keep my interest, only time will tell.

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A Family Album…

Something Different

Today’s blog is of my family holiday. Don’t worry, pagespics is not about to depart from it’s roots in Street, Travel and Documentary photography. However, these photos are a response to a challenge given to me by Birka Wiedmaier ,and is therefor the second challenge undertaken as part of the StepOut Collective.

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Pool

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