Observing, reacting and preempting are three words that come to mind when comparing the similarities between wedding photography and street photography. A technique used in one genre can be implemented in the other. . this is what inspires me to go out and shoot when wedding season winds down each year.
Along with seven other UK wedding photographers, we decided to head for Paris in search of our inner Bresson, arguably the most famous and well respected photographer ever to frame a scene on the Parisian streets. Little did some realise how difficult it really would be in this modern digital age where someones face could end up on the Internet as fast it would be to say “non photo!” Having been told off many a time for taking a stranger’s photograph from previous trips to France, I knew all too well we would have our work cut out.
One advantage of the digital age is that cameras are getting smaller without any depreciation in quality. The mirrorless systems that people are using today are allowing us, as professional photographers, to blend into the tourist crowd to a certain degree.
Paris was the start, and with a trip to Istanbul earlier this year and future trips planned, the 8 Street collective continues to shoot street photography because of a shared passion for photography, above and beyond a means of making a living.