Category Archives: Street

Preserving our photographs – are digital photographs set in stone?

  The Rosetta Stone. A fascinating portal to the past. A shard of stone, painstakingly chiselled with a now ancient Egyptian system of hieroglyphics – at a time when they were still very much understood. A tiny glimpse into a long disappeared world, all the more fascinating for our lack of recorded information about it….

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Asking Permission in Street Photography

  It was one of my favourite photographs I’d taken recently. The lady in the market stall was busy selling beautiful, coloured cloths and I’d focussed on her hands, as she folded one of these cloths in mid air. It filled the frame almost entirely as she worked, the contrast from the shafts of golden…

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Art vs Science in Photography

There’s the famous saying that you’re either a “left-brained” or “right-brained” kind of person. Left-brained people thrive on the logical connection of frameworks and processes, to achieve fastidious levels of organisation and scientific achievement. Right-brained people thrive on intuition and artistry – more likely to be found swooping buckets of paint onto large, burning canvas…

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  • Hugh Rawson15th February 2018 - 9:07 pm

    Well expressed Chris. I think photography is fairly unique in that you need to have some level of understanding of the science behind exposure, for example, in order to be properly creative. It truly is where art and science collide. You’re right that technical proficiency brings a set of very competent but soulless images. Go the other way and you may not be a SLT to produce the image you wanted for lack of technical know-how.ReplyCancel

    • chrissilk15th February 2018 - 10:50 pm

      Hi Hugh, that’s very true. I think what’s so important is maintaining that balance of how both sides are contributing to our photographs. Developing the technical side in order to produce quality, and yet being creative enough to keep our work interesting and dynamic. Thank you for reading and commenting!ReplyCancel

Street photography – big city vs. small town

London, Brighton, Oxford, Bath… all places used to being behind the lens. Places where the tourists, the hustle and the bustle all outweigh the suspicion towards someone wielding their camera gear outside a shop, house or business. Sometimes we can really use this to our advantage as street photographers. The extent to which we all…

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5 Things They Don’t Usually Tell You About Photography

We live in an age where information is in abundance – and that includes photography. But the more information flying around your head, the more you can find yourself obsessing over the details and losing sight of the bigger picture. Or should I say, the bigger photograph. So here are five alternative (and I hope,…

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