Here are a few more images as variations on the previous theme. Same neighborhood on a different day, with different light.
Thanks to thoughtful feedback on my previous post about this type of composition practice, I went out intent to accentuated the color and texture aspects a bit more in this set.
I like the added intensity I got from these for online viewing, but I would probably back off on curve adjustments and vignetting for prints.
I noticed there was a really excellent Magnum Photos publication that Eric Kim linked to in his street photography blog today. It is a quick read, and I highly recommend it for any type of photographer.
One quote from Alex Soth that really resonated with me, as I have been trying to improve my photography, is the following:
Forget about being a photographer. Be a creative person.
Another Magnum photographer amplifies this statement later in the piece.
Learn something else. Photography isn’t that complicated; you can learn to take pictures by yourself. Photography is about life and experience. Put yourself in a position where you take a lot of pictures. Don’t study photography. Don’t think about it too much. Try to experience something and express that experience through photography.
Although there is a lot of information in the article, my take home messages were pretty straight forward. I need to first focus on experiencing life, second to fully enjoy being a creative person, and finally, to take time to share my experiences with others through photography.
Not a bad idea.