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Some more of my street photography efforts, round 2. These were all taken either in Singapore or Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

As always your opinions, advice, comments and critiques are very welcome.

He was so engrossed in his magazine it didn’t matter that I wasn’t prepared. I literally had to pull my camera out of my purse, turn it on, adjust the light setting and framing and THEN I finally took the picture. He didn’t notice a thing.

This man didn’t notice me either, possibly because he’s so sleepy?

He looked up right at the last second, I quite like his response.

I’m not sure if this man notices anything, let alone me.

He had his back to me, looking off into the distance. I was all prepared, camera in hand and preset for the light, yet somehow his spidey sense must have tingled, he turned around right as I took the shot. Nice smile though.

I think she was ignoring me. I was trying to pretend to shoot something behind her. Not sure if this works or not but the kid is adorable.

I grabbed these guys in motion.

This last one is in colour, I think it works better that way. She JUST woke up.

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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.

June 12 to 16

Singapore, what a surprise. I expected another big city but nothing like this. The architecture, the lights, the food, the shopping, what a fun place and so fantastic to photograph. I arrived in the early evening and headed out for dinner and a walk along the waterfront. I anticipated a short stroll and ended up being out until 1am, so exhausted that I took a cab back to my hostel. With a couple hundred photos in my camera.

I’m in Singapore because I’m going to meet up with a friend from home and I get to do that in the afternoon of the next day. We go for a wander through town and stop for a couple beers which whet our appetites so we decide to go find the Newton Hawker Food Court. It turns out to be more touristy then we expected but the food is good and it’s great to be there with Emily, she has a really laid back attitude and approach that is similar to mine plus she can speak Mandarin and Bhasa so we have a good time joking with the touts and deciding what we will eat. We walk back to my neighborhood after and sit for a couple more beers, great to chat with her about her work and life in Indonesia as well to get her impressions and ideas about the people. I loved seeing her and hope to visit her in her town in Borneo once I make it over that way.

I spent the next day wandering through Singapore Botanical Gardens with a guy I met at the hostel, I wasn’t overly impressed, maybe it’s because of where I am from (British Columbia is supernatural after all), it was almost all to manicured for me but it was a nice place to escape a bit of the heat of the day. That evening I met some folks who convinced me to go to the zoo for the night safari. I’m not a fan of zoo’s, I figure no matter how nice the cage it’s still a cage and I don’t like seeing animals behind bars or glass. People always tell me that it’s a way to help preserve endangered wildlife and I suppose that’s true but some idealistic part of me still feels it’s wrong. In any case, it would be a good zoo if you’re into that kind of thing but I didn’t really enjoy it.

I hear about an Andy Warhol exhibit at the ArtScience Museum so I go, it’s great. It’s a retrospective so there is work from his early days as an advertising illustrator as well as some of his later famous works like the Cambell’s Soup Cans, Marilyn Monroe and more. I couldn’t take photos of course but enjoyed myself thoroughly. Next I hit up the Raffles Hotel, a place infamous for hosting authours Somerset Maughum and Ernest Hemmingway and for being the inventors of the Singapore Sling. It’s a gorgeous old building and I poke around trying to stick my nose in places I’m probably not supposed to go, a ballroom, back staircases etc. I partake of the previously mentioned Singapore Sling, it’s stupidly expensive for a drink ($30) but just one of those things I have to do. It’s lovely to sit in the courtyard and the shade, looking at these glamorous old surroundings.

Click here for a link to all my Singapore photos.