Moments and Encounters.

To me, street photography is not primarily about working with the camera, it is more about watching and observing — always searching for those little moments and encounters that constitute living together in a crowded space. The camera is a silent companion, just a tool to capture those moments.

Street musicians in Lisbon, Portugal – Sony A7RII, Canon FD 50mm 1:1.4

One is an inconspicuous observer. To me, this is what makes it so different from portrait photography which relies on the connection of those in front of and those behind the camera. Instead, as a street photographer I strive to be as invisible as possible. Once the camera is discovered, the magic of the moment is already gone.

Street vendor in Barcelona, Spain – Nikon D800, NIkkor 50mm 1:1.8
Bubbles, Barcelona, Spain – Nikon D800, Nikkor 85mm 1:2.0

Should my street photography be in black and white or rather in color? To me, light and shadow are just as capable at telling a good story. They are tools to focus my viewers attention, without them being distracted by the colors of the surroundings. By mostly doing black and white street photography, I am following the big footsteps of a someone who has been a great inspiration and role model to me.

Yet, sometimes the colors themselves tell a story. In this case, street photography can and should be in color.

Yellow Jacket – Lisbon, Portugal – Sony A7RII, Sigma ART 24mm 1:1.4
London – Sony A7RII, Zeiss FE 24-70 1:4

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