I love Street Photography. Sometimes.

There is no better way to Capture day to day life than Street Photography. And while I do not usually pursue the craft, I do love it.

Some people might think that Street Photography in Europe is pretty much Illegal thanks to new privacy laws like the EUGDPR (EU General Data Protection Regulation), but it its not. For example, if people only appear as an accessory to the scene or are plain out unrecognizeable, you should be fine.

People as accessory to the scene.

When I do Street Photography, I generally pay attention to the criteria listed above. Not just because I, like everyone else do not want to get in trouble, but mostly because I prefer Street Photography were people are not the focal point of the Image.

I particularly like this example from Rotterdam.

Street Photography is a great way to show foreign places. People behave and dress differently everywhere. But again: I do not like to focus on single persons, but the Scene in general. I do not want to showcase the individual, I want to focus on their surroundings, if that makes any sense.

Street Photography does not have to focus on people.

I also generally prefer to do Street Photography in Black & White to symbolize that we are all different, but in the end are all the same. We are all humans just just going about our day to day lives, wondering about what might happen tomorrow.

Travellers at the Staion.

I do Street Photography to capture Travel and to capture Life. I do not do Street Photography to exploit People for being in a certain spot at a certain time. But I do love Street Photography as an art form.

2 thoughts on “I love Street Photography. Sometimes.”

  1. You bring up an interesting point about street shooting: is it legal? When and how is it legal? It’s a bit odd to think that in some countries where you or I would be forbidden to take a ‘recognizable’ picture of someone, the government fines people for avoiding their official cameras (which are presumably looking for known criminals on the loose).
    When I was growing up in the age of film the rule was “if you can see it from public space it’s fair game”, with a caveat about commercial purposes having greater restrictions (such as using someone recognizable in the photo for profit). This of course had its own legal ramifications, especially in respect to the news media and related industries.
    Now in an age when our personal data is hacked on almost a regular basis by criminals and where governments themselves can misuse that data we are suddenly concerned about what can be seen in public. It gets even more peculiar when you consider how easily photos and even videos can be faked these days: if you see a picture of anybody, can you actually be sure it’s really them? Not any more.
    Some of my photographer friends have had bad encounters with people objecting to pictures taken in public, even if it’s not of them. They range from annoying to dangerously disturbing.
    I don’t know what the answer is to all this, or even if there is one. The notion that a law may be written as a balance of rights is good, but it is unrealistic to expect everyone will know that law – including the police. As a rule I avoid public photography if there is any ‘public’ around, although mainly because in general I don’t take pictures of people.
    Just be careful of what you do and what you do with it. Always.

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    1. I totally agree with you. Always beware of your surroundings. It’s more often better not to take a picture than to risk injury. But I also believe that one can’t reasonably expect complete privacy in public spaces, but maybe that’s just me. But I usually also avoid taking pictures of people, sometimes waiting quite a while for them to pass.

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