I subscribe to more podcasts than I can keep up with. This past week I’ve been working on catching up on some from B&H Photography. One episode that I thoroughly enjoyed is this conversation with Amy Touchette and Gus Powell.
Collaborating with Chance and the Essence of Street Photography
“I’m trying to say yes to something” is how Gus described each press of the shutter when shooting on the street. This is such a wonderful way to explain my favorite part of the process. Amy shared a great statement from Diane Arbus who talks about photography as”being a condition of being on the brink of conversion to anything.”The combination of both, trying to say yes while being open to whatever you may encounter is so crucial to success as a street photographer. We do not and cannot know what is going to happen but we have to be open and willing to see, engage, and embrace what we are given.
These ideas combined with the patience to let things come to you are so important to finding success on the street. Whenever I have gone out looking for a particular photograph I am nearly always frustrated and disappointed. Choosing to enjoy the experience and knowing that getting is all about giving has helped me see and accept what happens. I can’t make things happen. It is my job to release enough to be able to see and then I can make my photos.
The opening reception for my Familiar Strangers show at Studio 224 was last Friday. There was an excellent turnout and it was a great night. The Shepherd Express in Milwaukee also had a nice preview of the show in their issue last week (below). A big thank you to Jane Suddendorf, Director of Gallery 224 and Studio 224, for her efforts to help artists and their work to flourish in Port Washington. Thank you as well to Martin Morante, Studio Director, for his interest in showing my work, his feedback and guidance through the editing process, and his hard working getting the prints on the walls. I appreciate all the friends and family that made it out and the new faces too. If you couldn’t make it, the show will be up until early January and Studio 224 is open every Saturday, 9am-1pm. Let me know if you’re stopping in and I’ll make sure I’m there. Directions here.
I’m thrilled to soon have a selection my street photography displayed at Studio 224. The exhibition Familiar Strangers will be up from October 28, 2016 to January 7, 2017 with an opening reception from 5-7pm on October 28th.
The studios are typically open every Saturday, 9am-1pm. Beyond that, if the sign is out, stop in for a visit.
211 N. Franklin Street (north alley entrance, below Daily Baking Company)
Port Washington, Wisconsin 53074