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.
[Click on any photo for the slideshow. Please leave comments at the bottom of the page]
May 20, 2023 at 1:06 pm
Nice pics,especially the one of the old truck!
May 20, 2023 at 1:33 pm
I was thinking of you when I shot this, truck-man. But this one would even challenge you to restore.
May 20, 2023 at 3:38 pm
….great to ‘see’ you out and about…enjoyed the pix….wishing you a great holiday in portugal…as always….linda….
May 20, 2023 at 4:36 pm
Thanks Linda… love…Len
May 20, 2023 at 10:38 pm
Len, as always, really interesting photos.
Photo 12, what is it?
Photo 16, where did you shoot it? Beautiful photo!
May 21, 2023 at 2:26 am
#12 – the old truck at Distillery
#16 – Union Station
May 21, 2023 at 5:07 pm
Outstanding as usual….
May 21, 2023 at 8:49 pm
May 21, 2023 at 9:49 pm
Wonderful captures from our club outing. A great blog intro, and I like how you’ve captioned the images. Looking forward to doing somewhat street photography with you!
May 22, 2023 at 12:12 am
Thanks Eric. Yes, we can do more street, especially Pedestrian Sunday in October.
May 22, 2023 at 3:14 am
I really like pics no. 1-3-4-9 and 13
Keep on clicking
May 22, 2023 at 10:42 am
Glad you enjoyed, Johanne.
May 22, 2023 at 5:38 pm
Thanks Len, I always enjoy your interesting pics.
May 22, 2023 at 10:09 pm
Glad you enjoyed Don. Take care.