No more selfies for a while but now we are into ‘style’ and this week it’s all about street.
Day 66 ~ Choice. Street photography records everyday life in a public place and usually involves the taking of candid photographs of strangers. This week our goal is to include street photography in our daily photos. Challenge yourself this week to get out there with your camera and snap a photo of an unsuspecting stranger or two that you find interesting. As you’re out and about today, photograph a stranger or scene that you think tells a story.
I went on my daily walk around our estate to go to the local shop hoping to come across a stranger. I took Phil with me in case no one was about and I could cheat and use him, but I didn’t need to. I sent Phil to get the stuff and I sat outside on the wall and waited for someone to come out. This chap obliged and he’d bought a newspaper. Stop the press! ‘Man buys Newspaper!!!” Not the most enthralling story but it’s all I got 🤣 And I must say, I don’t see what ‘Choice’ has to do with any of it, but I may be dim.
Day 67 ~Signal. We are in Street Photography week and it’s Macro Monday. This is going to be a challenge. See if you can notice people signaling to each other. Or a sign that serves as a signal or warning. A traffic signal. A turn signal. Get creative. You can also stay back and crop in close to get your macro effect. The reason we take macro photos is to notice details. Look for details in your street photography. Get in close.
This was a work day for me and I got home late, so had to do my photo in the dark after dinner. We have a pedestrian crossing on the edge of our estate so I went up there with my tripod and did close ups of the crossing man and bike. They turn red for don’t cross and green for OK to cross so I turned it into black and white so you don’t know if you’re coming or going 🤣🤣 There was a fair amount of traffic so I’m glad it was dark and I couldn’t see the WTF?? look on anyone’s face. Also I think the little man is going to do a Charlie Chaplin waddle.
Day 68 ~ Interesting. These days, I am not out and about taking photos where there is much of interest going on. The streets I see are limited to those in my neighborhood that I travel on my morning runs. Though I do encounter quite a few others out for morning exercise, I am not comfortable taking photos of them. I am, however, quite comfortable photographing people’s trash piles! As you are out and about, look for an interesting object on the street. Photograph it such that we want to know its story, its history. You may be surprised by the interesting things you find.
Another work day so this one was a bit naff for me. I decided to do a photo on the way home from work so I wasn’t in the dark again. The lady who did this prompt has no knowledge of Wardley, everyone keeps their trash in bins and not in piles on the street. I dread to think where she lives. In fact there really isn’t anything madly interesting in Wardley, but I noticed up one of the side roads, the council must have planted rows of daffodils and purple crocuses in front of the bungalows there so I took a photo of them. I like that they do that all over South Tyneside, on the verges on main roads, side streets, anywhere there are spare bits of grass, so lovely to see them everywhere as spring starts up. Not sure if that’s ‘interesting’, but it’s very nice. I’m sure my council tax payments could be used for social care and the like, but damn it’s good to see spring!
Day 69 ~ Dull. The meaning of the word dull is either:lacking interest or excitement or lacking brightness, vividness, or sheen. So, let us go with the second meaning. As you know, street photography is meant to have candid photos of people. This can’t always happen. If this is where you find yourself today, use who you have around; but, do include a person as this gives the photo an interest. Converting it to black and white for today’s prompt word will help, to not make it bright but dull looking!
It was chucking it down when I finished work and there was no way I was going out in it.Luckily I had some post to do at the Post Office, so after I’d done that I sat in the car and waited for people to come along and then take sneaky pictures with my phone. At first I was using the windscreen wipers to get a clear shot, but then I tried shooting through the rain and liked it better. Dull it is though.
Day 70 ~ Simplicity. Street (candid) photography is an art that features chance encounters and random incidents within public places. Though people are usually featured directly, a photograph can also be taken that is absent of people and can be that of an object. Take a walk and find a simple street scene of objects that tell a story.
My days off now so I took my usual walk up to the shop and back. Our estate has some small grassy areas for kids to play on, though no equipment like slides or swings. This one is a little bigger than the others and has a single goalpost in it. Reminded me of the simple joy lads and maybe girls these days have kicking a ball about, not much else is needed other than a ball and goalpost.
Day 71 ~ Coin. Find a penny, pick it up and all day you’ll have good luck! You might be hard pressed to find a coin since change has become a novelty. So as we continue on with Street Photography lets also be on the look out for circle shapes. You might find that lucky penny but if not maybe an architectural feature, some colorful street art or a cool manhole cover? Show us your lucky street find today!
I had no lucky street find today. Wandered about the place looking for circular things, but all I could find were these manhole covers for the underground drainage system. Neither colourful or cool I’m afraid. Sigh.
Day 72 ~ If you find that you have no mountains high enough to climb in your neck of the woods, maybe take a drive and see if you have a road or bridge that brings you high enough to look over a beautiful view. If you feel inclined, add some song lyrics to your photo. It’ll be like we are taking a road trip with an awesome playlist to listen to all day.
Argh. This was a trial of a day. Firstly I thought I’d pop over to South Shields and take the view from the top of Marsden Lane which has the sea at the bottom. It took me nearly half an hour to do 2 miles. Roadworks, diversions and the sheer volume of traffic which reminded me of those disaster movies where everyone packs up the car and trys to leave before the meteor hits/aliens land/tsunami arrives/zombies get them. I turned around as I got quite fed up and peed off at the knobs on the road. Came home, had a cup of tea and then decided I’d walk up to the nature reserve as that’s at the bottom of a little hill and you can see the lake from the top. This was not a pleasant walk, and whilst it looks all sunny blue skies, it’s been raining for a few days and I just missed a hailstorm before I left the house. So much mud! I hate mud. Mud and clarts everywhere.
So I took my shots from the top of the hill and this is the best one.
On the way back I had a biting cold wind at first head on, and then from the right and my poor ear got battered. I couldn’t figure out what ‘enough’ had to do with anything but realised it works for me as I’d completely had enough by the time I got home! That’s the end of Street week, though really I don’t think it’s very streety, I know street photographers and these are not in that league. Never mind, maybe next time!
I had to choose a song lyric for the last picture, I think that was what the enough was for, so my lyric is as follows
I am enough just as I am
Feel right at home anywhere that I stand
Hold out my heart in the palm of my hand
And I live my life like nobody else can
I am, I am, I am enough
The song is called, “I am enough” not surprisingly, and is sung by Daphne Willis, here it is with a very cool video.
Stay tooned for next week, adventures in Yellow . 🥴