Street Photography Struggle
Street Photography is a perpetual struggle.
Street photography is a struggle. We struggle to decide which camera is best for this genre. We struggle to decide whether to shoot in Black and White or Colour. It’s a never ending struggle.
Are you struggling to nail your best shot?
Please join me on a trip down memory lane as I struggle to decide
which one of these is my best shot.
No street photographer is completely happy with his or her work.
If you ask any long time street shooter what’s their best work or which one of their images they like best, the answer will be something like:
‘I’m still looking for that best shot.’
I’ve struggled to capture my best shot for the past six years. I don’t have any favourites yet.
But I want to share with you the pictures that I shot in the month of September each year since 2010.
September is a significant month in my calendar. As I write this piece I’m preparing to travel to Polokwane for three days. Every year this time my family and I attend a religious convention away from home.
In 2015 we had the pleasure of visiting Mbombela (Nelspruit) in Mpumalanga.
Last year we went to Polokwane in Limpopo province.
We’re going back to Polokwane this year. I’m writing this on a Wednesday and we’re leaving on Thursday evening. By the time you read this we’ll be back in Mhluzi, Middelburg.
As a street photographer I’m always looking for photos. I took some of the photos on this blog post during my travels and while attending these conventions.
I’m so looking forward to this trip to the Northern Province.
I have mixed feelings about my experiences last year.
The convention was scheduled to take place to take the New Peter Mokaba Stadium. But the date coincided with a Bafana Bafana fixture. As a result it was moved to the cockroach-infested Old Peter Mokaba Stadium instead.
I’m looking forward to enjoy the modern venue this year without worrying about our health and the weather. One of the photos here depicts a woman at or about to make use of the makeshift toilet facilities at the old sports grounds.
When I captured this shot I had just visited one of these portable toilets and I found it disgusting. I won’t bore you with the details. Suffice to say I’ll never make use of these facilities again.
This image was one of only two photos that I managed to shoot with my smart phone during that three-day sojourn to Pietersburg. The second picture I took to show the old seating arrangement at the stadium.
A year earlier we were in Mbombela and what a joy it was. I was shooting with my DSLR then. I took the featured image here to experiment with shallow depth of field. I also wanted to capture this unusual viewpoint.
It was the only street shot I got from that trip.
Street Photography Struggle Freed My Soul
Serendipity or happenstance equals the purest form of street
photography for me.
When I was just starting out as a street shooter back in 2010, luck was on my side.
I struggled to figure out what street photography was. Did not know what or how to shoot.
All I knew was that I wanted to capture candid moments of strangers
going about their daily life in public spaces. And, for me, public
spaces were streets in the town of Middelburg.
I was afraid to photograph people. So I tried several ways to shoot
without being noticed.
My favourite camera then was a Fujifilm S700. I cherished that piece
of equipment so much that I would protect it with my life if
So the thought of having my gear smashed to smithereens by angry
strangers on the streets terrified me.
One afternoon on my way from work I decided to grab a few shots. As I
approached this passage or arcade, I positioned my camera to the right
to photograph whoever was at the entrance. I did not look to see who
I simply pointed my camera towards the arcade. I then pretended to fix
it. I looked at the dials while pressing the shutter release button.
These two guys were looking at the camera in disbelief.They could not
figure out whether I was taking their picture or fixing my camera. I
walked past without looking at them. When I got home I checked my
catch of the day and voila!
The street photography struggle continues. It’ll go on for as long as I live. Street photography is one thing I think I will continue to practice until I’m
too old to carry a camera.
Do you have clear favourites among all of your photos? Or are you also
still searching for that illusive best shot?
Talking about sharing, can you please do me a huge favour and share
this blog post on your social media platform?
Thank you in advance for your generosity.