Why Street Photography ?
I've been passionate about photography for over 35 years and during that time I've progressed through a whole range of photographic genres. When I think back to my school photography classes I remember being very good at approaching complete strangers and asking if I could photograph them, something that my class mates were petrified to do. My first photographic prize was in 1982, the image was of a white bearded Lowestoft fisherman with a weather-beaten face. I remember being stunned by how much character a still photograph could capture, just 1/125th of a second managed to convey something of this man's spirit.
Something within our human consciousness enables us to empathise with a stranger, a scenario or an event, when confronted with a single image. This has fascinated me for decades. A photograph can be as descriptive, flavourful, audible almost ... it can trigger stored emotions in us.
Good Still photography is probably the purest form of communication and the funny thing is that it is so intuitive that hardly anyone asks how and why this is possible.