All the World’s a Stage: Week 3: “Aesthetics and Styles in Street Photography”
The juxtaposition of a person against a sign, billboard etc for this week’s assignment was something that I had not really thought of as being difficult. When I left in the morning I honestly thought that by lunchtime I would have a good selection of images that I would be able to go through and just pick the best one. I was surprised to find that this was nowhere as easy as I had imagined. The selection of billboards and signs in Glasgow city centre had somehow managed to magically disappear and nothing I saw was inspiring. Anything that I did judge as reasonable for the exercise had nobody relevant passing by and then I started to feel self-conscious hanging around in the middle of a busy street with a dslr in my hand.
The more I walked around the city the more I began to understand that having a particular goal in mind for street photography does not always provide an enjoyable expedition. This view is expressed by a couple of street photographers I’ve been looking at(e.g. Elliot Erwitt) and it began to strike home the more frustrated I became. This was a good lesson and I’ll reference this when searching out the images for the essay in this course. Keep an open mind and do not focus on one type of image to the exclusion of all other options. At the end of the day I am going to have to settle for a juxtapose between a man and some mannequins in a shop window. I saw the space between the mannequins and waited for someone with a similar look to walk past and fill the space. I liked the way that he was face on to the mannequin with the bag and he too was carrying a bag. They were all dressed in black and one of the male mannequins is almost looking on with longing, wishing that he too could be outside. The text on the window “Man -1″ almost infers that the main character has been removed from the window scene and I also like the fact that my reflection can be seen in the window and my stance is similar to one of the other mannequins.
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