Photo Legend #33 — Experimenting With Street Photography and Feeling Good About It for Once
I’m not a street photographer, but when I pay attention and try to be one for a day, it pays off.
I recently came back from a summer vacation in Italy. Three weeks of pure joy visiting this wonderful country full of photography potential. In edition #87 of the Friday Notes series, I wrote about the two types of street photographers and put myself in the “fisher” category. Before going to Italy, I decided to pay more attention to potential street scenes, which paid off occasionally. I was able to capture the picture above. The picture was taken at Piazza de Ferrari in Genoa. Fountains are focus points in cities grabbing our attention and can be an excellent place for street photography. I passed by and stayed a few moments, enough to look at the surroundings and see people playing in front of the water fountain. Then I waited a bit for the magic of unpredictability to come into the scene.
But, frankly, why do I like this photo? I love it and think it is a good street photography example because, when I look at the image, I see movements and joy in people. It isn’t perfectly framed, which it seems is something that is more openly permitted. Also, the presence of birds complements humans. Plus, the water movement and the dome it creates in the fountain add to the dynamism of the scene.
I like this shot a lot.
I recently added more photos involving humans as subjects to my Smugmug album; many shots are street photography examples.