Street photography is one of the most challenging but at the same time one of the most rewarding genres of photography.
â€“ Elizabeth Gray, Vancouver
I totally agree with that statement, and thereâ€™s no better place to practice, than â€śThe Big Smokeâ€ť. A couple of weeks ago I visited Toronto with the Georgian Bay Photography Club, of which Iâ€™m now a member, for some street photography. Beautiful weather, lots of walking, but good shoes and lots of fun. Â Below are some of my favourite photos from that outing.
Later, I watched a Youtube video by a street photographer that I follow, Faisal Westcott, who talked about â€śthe problem with clichĂ© photosâ€ť. ClichĂ© photos are those that you see in highly photographed places, like the Eiffel Tower for example. Youâ€™ll see hundreds of people lined up, all getting the same view. Well, Faisal talked about getting these shot in a more creative way, so you can still remember that youâ€™ve been there, but the photo is a little more unique and maybe even a little â€śartsyâ€ť.
I realized that this has been my goal in photography for a long time now; at least since Iâ€™ve been travelling abroad. That is, combining street photography with travel and so-called clichĂ© photos. With this way of thinking, every trip I take is a photography workshop. Thereâ€™s nothing more fun for me than walking around the streets of a strange town with my camera around my neck.
Travel has been on hold for awhile because of the pandemic, but later this year Iâ€™ll be wandering the streets of Lisbon, Portugal; experiencing my own personal photo workshop, finally. And then thereâ€™s van camping coming up. Do squirrels and grackles qualify for street photography? Well… weâ€™ll see.
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