New Year’s Resolutions: Time to Quit Street Photography?
First of all, I’ll start off this post wishing you all a happy new year! I hope your wishes will come true in 2018.
Now that the formalities are out of the way, let me go on with my blog post.
Sint-Janhuismolen, Kruisvest, Belgium
Last year I’ve become increasingly unhappy with my street photography hobby. This was partly due to problems I had with my knee. Walking – even for short distances – was extremely troublesome. As a result, I was unable to do street photography most of the time. But there was another reason.
I like photographing people a lot. I like studying people, observing their behavior, finding out more about their culture and traditions. That’s why I fell for street photography in the first place. The thing is, that I limited myself to only publishing photos that conformed to the commonly held idea of what street photography should be. I fell in the trap of listening to the very vocal people on the internet who are very rigid in their views. This was draining all the joy out of my hobby.
So, will I quit street photography altogether? No, I won’t! But I will stop confining myself to street photography, or what I perceive it to be. I’ll publish photos of anything that I find interesting, anything people related, even inanimate objects. Street photography will still be a big part of my photography, but I won’t label it as such anymore.
I’ve already quit Facebook, because you’ll find the most rigid street photography views there and because fewer and fewer people are using it. Young people do have Facebook accounts, but rarely bother to use it. Facebook’s active user base is aging rapidly.
I recently renamed my blog to “Where the Humans Live“. I chose this blog title, because it suggests an expedition to a habitat where humans live. Kind of like an explorer studying an unknown species in a newly discovered habitat.
You might already have come across my new photography project, The Dutch Streets Project. (Update: Discontinued) In this photography project I document Dutch public space and aim to capture Dutch culture, its sub cultures and everyday life in general.
In the coming days I’ll be changing the bios on my social media pages and I’ll make references to street photography on my main website less prominent.
Open minded street photographers will probably still call it street photography, but I’ll stop bothering if they do not.