The word on the street (pun intended), is that “Street Photography”, which has been around for a very long time, is now coming into its own and will finally be considered an important segment of fine art photography. In years past it was thrown into the photojournalism department which wasn’t a bad thing but wasn’t totally accurate. Street and photojournalism are both documentary photography but the motives and driving forces behind the two camps can be very different.
When I go out on the street I don’t have any specific idea about what I’ll capture with my camera. My subject is usually people and their social interactions with one another. I am most interested in authenticity. I want to find the real thing… out there. I guess I’m looking for answers. Fortunately over the years, I’ve found a few answers here and there and my life has been made better because of it.
Robert Frank once said, “It is always the instantaneous reaction to oneself that produces a photograph.” I can really relate to his statement. When I go over my images at the end of a day I always find that the best captures have a lot to do with my personal issues and concerns at the time.
Lately I have been thinking about love. I probably watch the news too much but what I see is that life is very harsh for far too many people. I think that one of the greatest hopes that can be fulfilled in this life is to find love. It is our saving grace.
As I was sifting through my shots taken at the 2016 U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California, I came across an image that stood apart from all the others taken during the surfing competition. In all honesty, I probably snapped a quick shot of this couple because they looked so cute together. When I took it up to 100% in Photoshop I could read the typed tattoo on her back. In Italian: La Vita e Bella, La Vita e Amore. In English: Life is beautiful, Life is Love.
Best day ever and that’s why I love photography.