Street photography is the art of capturing candid unmediated chance encounters and random incidents in public places, while still respecting the individuals’ privacy.
With street photography, the difference between success and failure is all about how you interact with people, place and light. It is all about understanding the rhythms of the street, anticipating what is going to happen next and understand what is going on with the light. It is about creating a narrative. It is a style of photography that appreciates the gritty, unexpected and accidental.
For me, there is a wonderful synergy between street photography and flaneuring.
In this blog, I have selected some of my favourite street photos from my hometown Calgary. I hope for Calgarians the photos will give you some new insights into our city. For non-Calgarians, I hope the images have a universality that makes them appealing to anyone who is interested in city life.
I have decided not to add captions to the photos so you can develop your own narrative with each photo. I have divided the photos into three sections: black & white, colour and fun with bubbles.
Enjoy! Make sure you scroll to the end for the fun street bubble photos????
Colour Street Photography
I had heard that someone who lived above the sidewalk on the 100 West Block of 7th Ave SW had a soap bubble machine but wondered if it was just folklore. Then last winter I was walking along the street and lo and behold there were soap bubbles everywhere. It created a very fun and surreal experience for me, although most people walking by didn't even notice them. What does that say?