These are some images I took recently and they are part of what I call my visual pushups. Visual pushups is a term coined by my mentor Jay Maisel. It refers to always carrying your camera and taking pictures frequently in order to train the eye to pay attention and find something perhaps a little bit more interesting and unusual. Paying attention is not our default mode. Our default mode is thinking ahead or in the past, therefore it takes conscious effort to bring our attention to what is happening right now, wherever we are. That’s what street photography is about.
“Chance is always there. We all use it. The difference is a poor photographer meets chance one out of a hundred times and a good photographer meets chance all the time.”
“It’s in trying to direct the traffic between artifice and candor, without being run over, that I’m confronted with the questions about photography that matter most to me.”
– Richard Avedon
“At the root of creativity is an impulse to understand, to make sense of random and often unrelated details. For me, photography provides an intersection of time, space, light, and emotional stance. One needs to be still enough, observant enough, and aware enough to recognize the life of the materials, to be able to ‘hear through the eyes.”
– Paul Caponigro
“You have to hurry up if you want to see something, everything disappears.”
– Paul Cezanne
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All images on this post are (C) Juan Jose Reyes
Note: The difference in image size is because some pictures were taken with my Galaxy S6 phone. None of the images were cropped.