Due to the strict privacy laws here in Germany street photography can be a very challenging pastime, and this has unfortunately led to the situation whereby much street photography now just comprises of endless images of anonymous pensioners viewed from behind dragging their shopping home on a Saturday afternoon.
But street photography isn’t actually synonymous with street portraiture, and as long as a story is told, there’s no reason why anyone has to be recognisable.
And herein lies the skill of the modern street photographer, to develop new skills and techniques to ensure that this art form remains exciting and meaningful, depicting humans in their natural environment: the street – Necessity is the mother of invention.
Here are a few examples of what can be done with a little imagination:
Silhouette and shadow
Out of Focus
Only the essentials
© Andrew James Kirkwood – 2019