Wikipedia definition:

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. Street photography uses the techniques of straight photography in that it shows a pure vision of something, like holding up a mirror to society. Street photography often tends to be ironic and can be distanced from its subject matter, and often concentrates on a single human moment, caught at a decisive or poignant moment. On the other hand, much street photography takes the opposite approach and provides a very literal and extremely personal rendering of the subject matter, giving the audience a more visceral experience of walks of life they might only be passingly familiar with.

I’ve always enjoyed taking photos of my travels but have found that recently this has become a little stale, how many photos of temples and markets can one person take after all? I wasn’t taking as many photos as I used to, so when I recently stumbled upon this concept of street photography I felt a thrill of interest and was immediately struck by some of the amazing examples I saw. There is a sense of rawness and spontaneity in the works that grab my interest the most, something that I feel my photos have lacked. I tend to take my time, plan things, and make sure the horizon line is straight, issues that one cannot worry about in this new (for me) method. I’ve also been extremely shy about taking photos of people without their knowledge. I’ve seen so many faces I’ve wanted to photograph but, worried that I might offend or upset someone, I haven’t done so. Now I’ve been inspired, I’ve decided to try it. So far I feel a little sneaky, I haven’t been bold enough to just stand in front of someone and snap a quick shot, I tend to lurk, camera down near my waist, pretending like I’m fiddling with the camera controls as I snap a few photos.

For those of you who like technical stuff, too bad, but I can tell you that I’m shooting with a Canon G12, which I think is a great little camera for traveling and which I am just beginning to learn to use off the “Auto” and Preset”  options. Anyways, without further ado here are a few of my first efforts, please give me your feedback, I want to learn.