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    excellent article on street photography

    it's on Mike Johnston's blog site, written by our very own Mitch Alland (yes, Mitch, we own you ) here.

    it's a very interesting read and the comments have already started coming in there. i thought people might want to discuss it further here and have a place to put some of their best shots up.

    (note: i request that this not be a quibble about whether street photography is the correct phraseology. i'd personally rather discuss the actuality and the images rather than the terminology. thank you in advance. oh, and big cameras are allowed to join in once again.)

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    Re: excellent article on street photography

    I saw that this morning and have been a little uncomfortable ever since. After letting it sit for awhile, I decided the thing that saved it for me was the word "An" in the title.

    After reading the comments I tend to agree with Ken Tanaka's response.

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    Re: excellent article on street photography

    I am so glad that Mitch did the article, and I'm enjoying reading the comments on TOP also... really food for thought!

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    Re: excellent article on street photography

    Indeed -- KUDOS Mitch! Mike Johnston has an excellent blog site
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    Re: excellent article on street photography

    Respect Mitch for writing that article and expressing your approach to street photography. As Brain said: "really food for thought!"
    I personally think that form factor is part of the story, but also think that emotions adds something extra to a photograph. Whether it be the emotions of the "subject(s)" or those of the photographers.

    Cheers,

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    Re: excellent article on street photography

    i'm somewhere in between, Tim. the end of Tanaka's second paragraph pissed me off. it was just a little too flippant and smug.

    i think there is room for all sorts in this genre and, frankly, i value what both Mitch and what Tanaka was saying (which is why i mentioned the comments, btw). i *do* treasure form and sometimes that will make a photo stand on it's own. sometimes. but if there are stronger factors (emotions) at stake, then who cares? i am a fan of Levitt and Erwitt, but i'm also a fan of those who tend towards geometry and textures. emotions implied rather than explicitly shown. and there's nothing finer when looking at an image than not knowing or, perhaps, knowing all too well...

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    Re: excellent article on street photography

    in this context especially,i thought Meg made a useful contribution, emphasizing content over form

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    Re: excellent article on street photography

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    Indeed -- KUDOS Mitch! Mike Johnston has an excellent blog site
    Jack, Jack, Jack! where have i been? (yeah, i know, avoiding the M8 forum at all costs ) i just saw your wonderful wedding shots with the 3 year old! they were so sweet and warm and funny (and OMG that lens is just gorgeous!). which reminded me...

    i think humour gets very short shrift because people are always going for the grand drama. i like pictures that make me laugh

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    Re: excellent article on street photography

    Quote Originally Posted by cam View Post
    i think humour gets very short shrift because people are always going for the grand drama. i like pictures that make me laugh
    I completely agree!!!

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    Re: excellent article on street photography

    Nice article. Best of luck with it.
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