Melbourne Street Photography

It’s been a little while since my last post about my creative journey in Melbourne, so I felt a little update to what I have been up to was in order.

What I’d like to talk about today is Street Photography.

Street Photography can be defined a number of ways.

1. Street photography is a type of documentary photography that features subjects in candid situations within public places such as streets, parks, beaches, malls, political conventions and other settings. - Dictionary SensAgent

2. Street photography, also sometimes called candid photography, is photography conducted for art or enquiry that features unmediated chance encounters and random incidents within public places. Although there is a difference between street and candid photography, it is usually subtle, with most street photography being candid in nature and some candid photography being classifiable as street photography. Street photography does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban environment. Though people usually feature directly, street photography might be absent of people and can be of an object or environment where the image projects a decidedly human character in facsimile or aesthetic. - Wikipedia

Essentially what it boils down to is a ‘traditionally’ unbiased or unedited view of daily life. I say unbiased with some irony however as all photography contains inherit bias through the unconscious behaviours, opinions, beliefs and experiences of the photographer.

For my own street photography I tend to lean toward a mixture of approaches.

For the first approach I try my best to mitigate my bias through setting up in a specific location, usually one with an interesting type of light I want to work with, and then photographing anyone who walks into the frame. This way I have at least less immediate bias in my work.

However of course because I don’t upload every single image that I take there is additional bias added through the selection process.

For the second approach, I will search out a specific type of person. Such as those dressed in red;

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…. or people demonstrating a certain action or behaviour, such as talking on their phone;

… or riding a bike;

and of course thirdly, I will just explore the city, capturing interesting moments or people that I discover.

If there are any readers out there who are fellow street photographer, or models keen to come out for a photo-walking adventure in central Melbourne send me an email at ben@benjaminodea.com !

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