Note: This is part two of a two part series featuring street photography from a recent trip to Los Angeles. To view part one click HERE.
As I was getting everything together for this article I happened to look back on my blog posts for this year and was surprised to see how much street photography I have posted. I consider myself a candid and documentary photographer, which to me is an encompassing term that includes my street work, my travel work, my candid wedding photography and of course the education I provide. In previous years, I put a lot of effort into ensuring that I always presented a balanced mix from the above genres on this site, but in 2017 there has definitely been more of a focus on new gear and street photography. I think this is a direct result of something that I read late last year:
“Just be. Let your true nature emerge. Don’t disturb your mind with seeking.”
When I first read this I interpreted it to mean, in the context of my photography, that I should allow myself the space to shoot whatever speaks to me right now (client work notwithstanding of course) and to spend 2017 allowing my creativity and my vision to guide my work. I think it is important for photographers to seek out new knowledge, but I also think it is important sometimes to step back and let your creativity guide you at times too. This is what I have been focusing on his year.
I am planning upcoming trips to Europe and California in the fall which will provide a lot of new travel content for this site, but the truth is that when I am left to my own devices street photography speaks to me more than anything else right now. It isn’t a new genre for me, I have always shot it, but this year it is giving me so much satisfaction as an artist. I don’t need anything but my camera and a good pair of shoes. I can shoot it almost anywhere, at anytime, with little to no planning. It is the antithesis of much of the client driven work I produced for years and I know the gains I make on the street this year are benefiting all of the other aspects of my photography too.
And, to be a street photographer who has the opportunity to travel often to places like Los Angeles? It is an amazing thing.
So, with that said, here is part two of my LA street photography series from my recent family trip in March. As I mentioned in part one of this series, my shooting time was very limited on this trip, so all of the images in both parts of this series are much more spur of the moment shots than I usually take.
In my next blog post I will be writing about the process of editing a body of work for a small gallery showing Fujifilm asked me to do. Stay tuned!