American photographer Walker Evans once said: “Photography is not cute cats, nor nudes, motherhood or arrangements of manufactured products. Under no circumstances it is anything ever anywhere near a beach”.
I haven’t been able to find the context for that quote ( please let me know if you do ) but it’s obviously a statement that can generate some debate. If he was referring to street photography then I would mostly agree with him, except the part about the beach. It is definitely a little bit harder to make photos made at the beach fit into street, especially photos in the sand or water, but a beach boardwalk is phenomenal for street photography.
At its core, street photography is about taking candid pictures of everyday life on the streets. Is about taking pictures of people who are going about their business usually unaware of the photographer’s presence. Is about wandering the streets looking for the unusual in everyday life.
The “street” as defined in street photography might be a “crowded boulevard in downtown or a country lane, a park in the city or a boardwalk at the beach, a lively cafe or a deserted hallway in a tenement, or even a subway car or the lobby of a theater”. In other words, any public place where life happens.
The following are photographs I made on the Hollywood Beach boardwalk in Hollywood, Florida. It is a great place to for street photography, very different from the usual urban scene. Hope you enjoy the images.
“Don’t feel like you have to take street photos just on city streets. Street photos can be taken anywhere… there are great street styled photos to be taken at the beach or out in the countryside. Street photography is about searching, finding and reacting…”– Jesse Marlow
Shoot a lot of pictures. Experiment. Don’t go out with preconceptions of what a picture will look like. That will block you from being receptive to something new and exciting.” – Mason Resnick
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