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Lately, Street Photography is struggling (like all forms of expression) in search of new ways to explore, a little anxiously, without understanding that everything has already been said and done, and that we are living in the “future” but we are not mentally prepared for it.
We need to use new technology, with great simplicity, just like David Hockney.
www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/cu…
Looking at the results achieved by this artist, you come to realize that everyone can use new technology, but not everyone can use it "artistically". But that's not what I wanted to talk about ... let's go back to the Street.

As administrator of two groups of Street Photography on Deviantart I've noticed that, lately, sociological images no longer interest people, in fact it seems that photographing harsh realities (dirty and sad) is "annoying". Photographers are rather keen to explore the use of decorative style.
We always talk about wanting to "tell" possible stories but actually we "freeze" only concepts, stylish games: shadows and colours chasing each other.
That's no more Street Photography. That's Graphic Street, Conceptual Street, Shadow Street and not least Ghost Street, with photographers often waiting ages for the ultimate shot, sometimes even creating the premises for it to happen. And then there is the tendency to super colourful (Hipstamatic...). Sometimes shots are fun, often the human element matters little. And anyway, they are beautiful photos.
(There were already such forms at the time of analogue photography perhaps less plastic.)

My approach to street is narrative. I shutter when I think I see something magical in the reality in front of me. Something that I should imagine, but that I would like to communicate to others, too. I am satisfied with one click when it manages to tell a little bit more than what you see at first glance. Sure, the desire to show something more than mere reality it's at the base of street photography. But ... for me it's the “magic”, the “imagination”, that triggers my photography. And this “magic” can be as sad as cheerful ...

Of course then there is photography that represents life. But that's another thing ...

read: batsceba.deviantart.com/#/jour…

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(Shadow Street) - Alphan Yilmazmaden
oops by arslanalp 1055 by arslanalp
Iryna Fedorovskaya
Morning Rush by IrynaFedorovska
(Ghost Street) Mirko Arganese
ag18 by Elerko
(Conceptual Street) Mary Cimetta
Runaway by myraincheck Naked Shadow by myraincheck
(Graphic Street) Jean-Daniel Beley
The stripe chameleon by djailledie A Rider's Cross Walk by djailledie
(super colourful Street)Alex Reyes
Hipstamatic Print 003 by ThatAlexReyes
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JACAC Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
y o u . a r e . n o t . c o m p l e t e l y . r i g h t
t h e r e . a r e . g r o u p s . a n d . y o u . k n o w . t h a t . s a y . "Don't bother us with beggars, publicity..." an d . t h a t . i s . p a r t . o f . s t r e e t . a n d . i t ' s . s o c i l o g i c a l
i . h a v e . m a d e . a . b o o k . o f . t h e . c o n t r a s t s . o f . p u b l i c i t y . i n . t h e . c i t i e s . g o o d . o r . b a d . b e c a u s e . i . t h i n k . i t . i s . a n . i n t e r e s t i n g . m a t t e r
n o w . i . a m . d o i n g . a n o t h e r . o n e . w i t h . Ghosts in town
a n d . w h y . s t r e e t . c a n ' t . b e . g r a p h i c . i f . a t . s a m e . t i m e . t e l l . a . s t o r y ?
t h e . m o s t . i m p o r t a n t . t h i n g . i s . t o . h a v e . a n d . c a t c h . f e e l i n g . a n d . i m a g i n e . t h e . s t o r y . b e h i n d
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myraincheck Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
There is nothing completely new, and everything has already been seen, shown, photographed. The amount of images and the accessibility to them anesthetize our sensitivity, we are no longer able to be affected by the same scene over and over. But this applies to the sad or emotional images (when you see too much of it, you no longer are able to have a strong reaction to them) but also to the other kind of images (they become cliché, too much seen and done as well). It becomes harder and harder to take a photo that is able to make an impact. Perhaps these subcategories of street that you identified are more catchy for the short attention span of the viewers. For sure the images we favor in the internet are not the same we would favor leafing through a photography book, where we give the images the time to grow on us, where we look for the details. Perhaps we also are not able to be affected very much by the things that look common, 'normal' to us. Certainly many images that now slip away, we will re-evaluate them in few years, when they will no longer look too much common to us, when they will become to us a memory, or an archetype. Simple scenes from the past are more meaningful to us than simple images from the present. I think this is normal. Most likely the images that are catchy for us now, won't be catchy anymore in a short time. The 'magic' is not something that happens often. I believe that we are lucky if we manage to catch one magic photo per year. Looking at my photos I am not sure I have even one that can be considered magic.
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Batsceba Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014   Photographer
Yes, of course, we agree and you already know my thoughts.

Anyway, when I talk about magical photography, I talk about what I feel when in the "reality" I can find something that's not visible unless you look beyond your nose, but it's there at your fingertips.
Something that helps you live your life, giving you lightness, because every moment is filled with these magical visions: as the passing of clouds in the sky and the colored windows on the houses.
These are visions that accompany you in life.
Instead, I don’t like photo that "creates" what is not there, like a third eye. It causes me anxiety, I feel invaded. It's something that takes place through the medium I use, not in reality. I seek the reality that is on the other side ...
But it's my personal vision. It's my poetics
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djailledie Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I think that when you say that there is no interest for narrative photography, but only for Graphic Street, Shadow Street ... you are far too optimistic! I think that there is no real interest for these other forms of photography either, but as they have a higher "thumb-appeal", they get more views. 
On the other side, you are also pessimistic. If a narrative photo gets 50 or 100 views in one day... that's more than in a gallery! 
In fact, if we were to set reasonable personal expectations - for you it is to have found this magic moment - the opinion of others becomes less important. 
Anyway, thanks for using my images to illustrate Graphic Street!
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Batsceba Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014   Photographer
apart from having talked about my personal approach, I do not think I have wanted to disqualify the various trends, on the contrary. I only talked about my experience as administrator and I have noticed that the social photography has been lost.
in the matter of telling, I'm talking about something that goes beyond clicks. that magical thing that is rarely able to express. not thing that represent life. and I don't pretend to have succeeded!
in the matter of desperate search I read it in almost all the articles, i see around me also in productions. is undeniable, and we are in a time of transition for the humanity!
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djailledie Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Don't get me wrong, I don't feel that you do not value these other variations of street photography. I am just trying to say that this more social documentary type of photography is not really ready for immediate consumption, rather for the "beyond clicks" as you say :hug:
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Batsceba Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014   Photographer
:)
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014   Photographer
Okay, so I've been doing photography for almost three years now, but if compared experience-wise to all the wonderful Street photographers commenting here, especially the great Master Alphan, I'm practically still a rug rat.
Therefore what I'm about to share with you all arises merely from what little understanding I've gained over these past few years of doing (what I like to think of as) Street photography.
 
First off, I don't believe that Street photography is struggling. With more and more people now having easy access to readily available online research data and affordable photographic equipment and courses, coupled with a newfound interest in capturing and documenting life on the streets partly thanks to high quality camera equipped mobile devices that are now becoming standard; Street photography is not only growing, but it is flourishing! The only people who often end up struggling in this genre are the Street photographers themselves. All artists/writers go through a period of creative block every now and then; a dark phase that occurs at least once in every Creative's life. So either we learn to deal with it, or we wait it out till that next "Aha!" moment of inspiration comes along.

Sometimes the idea (or stories) that we've captured on camera may be perspicuous to our eyes and brains, but when we try to convey the idea via our pictures to the viewer, we fail, and it can be very frustrating indeed.
As artists/storytellers, we must learn to accept the fact that sometimes our stories will end up getting lost in translation.

I totally agree with Noah (who is a phenomenal photographer, btw - but you didn't hear this from me :shh: ) that there are photos that have been taken before, and will continue to be taken time and time again. And I too don't see anything wrong with someone taking inspiration from other artists, unless of course that someone blatantly steals an original idea and then tries to insult our intelligence when confronted. 

As for me, I'm still relatively new to photography, therefore I will continue to look at this wondrous world around me through my viewfinder like I'm experiencing it for the first time.
I might even try to shoot Conceptual Street, Shadow Street, Ghosts Street, Geometric Street, or Whatever Street, and I'm going to have super great fun doing it. :D

My fingers are hurting. I'm going to stop typing now.
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Batsceba Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014   Photographer
:D (Big Grin)
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arslanalp Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Actually nowadays I was also thinking about the subcategories of "street" and how to put them in correct place.
And agreed main idea is "to tell stories" by means with these categries as well.
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Batsceba Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014   Photographer
:)  do we arrange a new street group? :D
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arslanalp Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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PatrickMonnier Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
Hi Bat,
Excellent journal entry (through I'm still hurt you ditched me during my visit in Berlin ;) ).

I agree with what you say and try very hard to personally find what's next in my photographic adventure. But like you say, everything has been done, at some level... except that people still want and like stories. Stories never ever get old! 

With respect to Street, stories mean projects. Snapshots, regardless of how well they fit the "street photography" category will not be as emotionally powerful or meaningful as a collection of photos that tell a story.

I have come to this realization quite a while back and have failed personally to transition to a story teller with my images. I feel I am still stuck with producing disconnected and seemingly disorganized single images. At times, I feel like I have a story to tell but I must be honest with myself and admit I have failed. I have no stories, just disconnected images.  This, I feel, is not the way to proceed anyway. That is, get images that fit a made-up post-hoc story is backwards. Some can pull it off, but not me. I feel that I need a project, a story and then go support or collect the evidence. I often hear great ideas about projects from friends. I just fail to execute but it is my fantasy to be able to do that some day! 

So, to conclude, I agree with you and I think that the creative insight that is required to get out of this rut you are identifying in your essay is to tell a story with pictures.

This, by the way, is in no way an original idea, just my response to your post (nothing is truly original, I guess)...
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Batsceba Featured By Owner Edited Sep 19, 2014   Photographer

Hello Patrick, (forgive me:huggle: )

thanks a lot for your comment. I decided to express my thoughts, my doubts... and to find people with whom dialogue is fundamental.

I understand very well what you mean, but I personally believe that it is not “a project “ that helps us to tell a story, but our interior disposition.

“projects” often influence us instead of helping us, they become easy loopholes.

I think we should learn to listen and to be guided by our feelings... develop them


(your style is recognizable, and your photos always communicate something ;) and in their own way your photos tell  the world)

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arslanalp Featured By Owner Edited Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
you are telling stories Patrick ,  even in a single image...
i.e.

Ice cream by PatrickMonnier
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noahsamuelmosko Featured By Owner Edited Sep 18, 2014   Photographer
I believe that time we live in, same as technology we use don't matter. It's quantity and lack of self criticism. Many people here don't get second or third opinion, they don't have someone who would tell them "it isn't good enough, don't bother to post it". Instead of that everybody takes millions of photos and post everything online. People give too much importance to likes and favs and forget that behind those likes are real people who either care more than they think or don't care at all.
Yes, there are photos that have been taken before and they're re-taken again and again but i don't see anything wrong about that unless someone does it intentionally all the time but surely everybody sees that :)

People should not compare masters and times where only few people could afford to buy a camera with 21st century and its opportunities. Equipment is more available and almost everybody can make art, even with phone camera. There is a lot of crap all over the net, but there are still artists that stand out and it's great that even though people think everything was already taken, made etc. these artists can always re-make it to the actual times or even bring something extraordinary :)

love and peace :sun:
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PatrickMonnier Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
You said it Bro: "lack of self criticism"...


But how do you teach that????
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noahsamuelmosko Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014   Photographer
Not sure how to teach that mate :) but you can learn it for example by showing your work to people around you and asking them what they see and if they feel anything from the photo. I'm sure everybody has someone near by to discuss their photos. Also I believe that people should delete much more than they usually do :) I disagree with an "advice" that we should shoot more and more. What is the point of submitting 5 photos a day, what kind of feedback can you get? I know many photographers advise that the most important thing is to go out and shoot as much as you can. Well, I think it's bullshit especially for people who haven't even trained their eye properly. One thing that really help is to take out your film camera, I said it few times before and I know you might disagree but I honestly believe that it helps photographers to think more, frame better and in many case get better in overall :) 
It's just my opinion, I think less is sometimes more but everybody can do however they want, it's a free world.. I just wanted to point at some facts after reading Batsceba's journal about "struggling street photography". There is no struggle, only too much wastage :)
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Batsceba Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014   Photographer
yep, that is the question :(
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Batsceba Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014   Photographer
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noahsamuelmosko Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014   Photographer
:hug:
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planetzog Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
I thought about my response to your Journal entry , and contemplated a lot of what you have said, I suppose the sheer fact that we are actually here on DA is a sign of technology, my thoughts meander to days of listening to the radio, Vinyl and of course taking photographs on film, this is what and how I grew up, but life changes and I have had to join this mad world of technology, where cameras do all the work, cell phone selfies are the norm, and few actually have any real interest in photography, the ratings here on DA simply are nothing more than a shoddy facebook, where my fellow "New Generation" deviants simply make idle chit chat, and treat this once amazing platform for artists as a dating agency.

This is our new world, where few actually have an opinion, can spell or indeed want for nothing more than an instant image and instant response, it's sad, but every now and then a new young talented deviant submits a piece of work that is so mind blowing different'i almost weep for joy that there still is hope.

Non of what I have said is that relevant, I have accepted technology, and equally understand change, and if in a moment of despair, simply Google the great street photographers, breathe in and admire, and return to my own thoughts on life the universe and everything...
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Batsceba Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014   Photographer
Thank you Athol :blackrose:
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planetzog Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
IT is I that thank you, because if it were not for like minded souls such as yourself where would we be, a couple of things here that are well worth mentioning, one I loved to be called by Christian name, makes correspondence more personal, and two, every now and then out of the blue I get a note from a fellow deviant just enquiring as to my well being, it's delightful charming and positively charming, and serves as a reminder that despite this cold world of cyber space there are some really amazing people out there, a life time ago I made a promise to my father that I would continue his work, that is one in which I and he were obligated to document life itself, the good the bad the unexpected , I have done so relentlessly, and to this day feel proud of my contribution to the world of photography, I look at your work and your contribution and equally feel as proud and indeed honoured, that I have experienced a little of your life on this planet, be well oh wise and wonderful one, keep shooting, keep producing outstanding work, for you need no commentary or words of praise, you know in your heart you have simply done a good job!!!
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Batsceba Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014   Photographer
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