Future Unknown

Posted: September 6, 2014 in art, black and white, diary
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Whenever i choose to do some street photography, i never go for my compact camera. These days i choose my camera phone, okay, i’m sure there are many photographers who frown upon the camera phone, but i do have my reasons. My camera phone is non obtrusive, it does not stand out like a sore thumb like a compact camera, it allows me to get closer to the subjects without even disturbing the moment. For me in street photography it’s always about being an observer and shooting in a voyeuristic style.

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Street photography is documentation of society, the reason why i enjoy street photography, is because i can relate to the actions of my subjects. Everyday we all walk in each others footsteps, we all sit and stand in each others shadows, but the only escapism we get from one another, is the stories we read in the newspapers  television or whispers of gossip that travel from person to person. That is society, but in photography you cannot capture those whispers of gossip or know what is going on in a persons head. 

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The purpose of street photography is to accept that this is society, we live in an ever changing fast paced world with new technology coming out weekly, so we never really stop and look to see how far we have come or where we are heading.

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With my camera phone i can shoot,edit, and upload to my website in seconds. It’s important for me to keep up with society with mass communication i.e twitter, WordPress  because it is natural to communicate with people weather it is a written letter or verbally in person.A photograph is a language itself, and is one of the most wildly used languages today, but is unique because it is not written but a representation, a memory of what, once, was.The camera phone is the most wildly used camera today, all you have to do is look at the statistics on Flickr to see, but is only popular because of it’s convenience of mass media. Don’t get me wrong i love shooting film and using my D700, but my camera phone is something i have on me at all times.

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