Street Photography While Traveling

Street photography, also sometimes called candid photography, is photography conducted for art or enquiry that features unmediated chance encounters and random incidents within public places. 

Street photography is a very interesting concept while traveling because it shows you an inside look into the society and everyday street life of the city you are in. You can uncover and learn so much about a city by looking through a lens at the unexpected. What may seem ordinary can actually prove to be interesting and informative.

It is easy to learn some tips and tricks for how to shoot in the streets. This article is extremely descriptive and explains how to take photos in the street very clearly. There are also many Youtube videos that have great information, like this one below.

One major aspect of street photography is shooting strangers. It is important to ask strangers first for permission to take their photo. This prevents any uncomfortable situations when the subject of your photo gets angry at you for taking a photo. In my case, since I use film cameras, I cannot delete the photo so it is extremely vital that I ask before I take a photo in the case that someone gets angry, I cannot even delete it.

Below are some examples of photos I have taken of strangers in the streets.

Barcelona, Spain
Gothic Quarter Flea Market, Barcelona, Spain

Both of the above photos were taken after asking permission. I have also taken photos of people that do not know they are being photographed. This form of street photography depicts life more candidly. Here are some examples.

Below is a series of little boys playing with bubbles:

We can think of street photography as a way to be a citizen journalist. Citizen journalism is often looked down upon by journalists because they do not think that citizens can be real journalists since they do not have the qualifications that verified and experienced professional journalists have.

In my opinion, citizen journalism is completely valid. With a camera and the ability to be a good observer and reporter, anyone can see what is happening around them, document it, and report it. You do not have to have high levels of education or professional experience to get out there and see the world, and share what you see with others.

While traveling, it is important to get out on the streets and explore. You never know what you will find. You never know, you may become a journalist!

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