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My Shadow and Me

M9-35mm Summilux

I’m hoping I’m not alone when I say, street photography is very hard. Actually, any photography is very hard. Especially if you want to tell a story with a pleasing composition and good lighting. Let alone ask for outstanding excellence. Or worse, come up with a unique and amazing work of art. And double worse, make it so I “own” it. Okay, triple worse, be consistent at it. Quadruple worse, images that define who I am and what I want to say or tell over a series. The masters have done it. Contemporaries have done it. The people whom I have interviewed have done it. But clearly at this point, it is way beyond my current abilities.

I have shot a little over a thousand photographs since my last post of my own work back in June: My 1st One Hit Wonder. Yet, I have just this image and maybe one other one to show.

Frustration is the best word to describe where I’m at right now. How can I sit for hours or walk for hours in a town(s) and not find anything to shoot or shoot absolutely nothing worth looking at? The question that came to mind is: Do I know what I’m looking for in an image? Or worse, what am I looking for in an image?

I expressed my sentiment to a street photography buddy friend of mine, Mario, whose work and opinion I respect tremendously. He wrote back to me saying that he totally understood what I was going through because it’s exactly what he goes through. And the reality is, sometimes, there’s just nothing worth shooting at all. Life isn’t special every second. I laughed on my back when I read it.

Mario also told me some great advice. Just keep my head open and clear- receptive for anything that might come. I shouldn’t over analyze the image. Just shoot it and look it over later with an unbiased mind. Sometimes I might be surprised.

When you think about it, Mario is right. When I look back at all the interviews I’ve done, almost every photographer has similar advice: Don’t think- Just shoot. This state of mind gives me hope. I am going to adopt it and not fret over the greatness of every shot. Armed with gusto- I’m going to shoot the dickens out of everything.

Thanks Mario. Thanks everyone. Thanks for the simple but poignant advice. Now off I go with my camera. Hope you’ll be shooting too.

#10 Richard Bram’s Gear

We are pleased to have Richard Bram, New York Street Photographer as our #10 featured street photographer.

Richard decided to change the format (one time exception by Leica Liker only because he’s a Leica man :-)). Photo by John Maloof.

You can check out the interview under “Inspiration” here in this blog. This is his bag of goodies! He’s a real Leica Liker 🙂

In the Bag:

Well-worn Domke F-803 Camera Satchel containing:
Leica M9 w/ 35mm f2 Summicron ASPH
Leica M6 w/ 1950’s 35mm f2 Summicron w/ M3 goggles and yellow contrast filter
Leica 50mm f2 Summicron
Leica 24mm f2,8 Elmarit
Leica 24mm optical viewfinder
Sekonic L-308 flash Meter
spare battery for M9
spare button batteries for M6 meter
AA batteries for Sekonic meter
2 rolls Kodak TMax 400
assorted colored contrast filters for b&w
film-leader retriever
clockwork self-timer for M6
paper clip
lens tissue
notebook and ball-point pen
prescription sunglasses
business cards
iPhone & charger
toothbrush and toothpaste
“Richard Bram Street Photography” book

#9 Ed Peters’ Gear

We are pleased to have Ed Peters, New York Street Photographer as our #9 featured street photographer.

You can check out the interview under “Inspiration” here in this blog. This is his bag of goodies!

The bag: Domke F-5XB Shoulder/Belt
Leica M9 with 35 mm Summarit F 2.5 lens
Leica SF24D Flash ( haven’t used it yet , but I like to be prepared)
Impact diffuser for flash
Brushes ( for cleaning lens and body)
Microfiber cloth ( for cleaning lens)
Maglite Flashlight
Pen and notepad
2 spare camera batteries
Sandisk memory cards ( 16 gigs) and Lowepro case
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