Some time ago I discovered the joy of street photography. I’ve always been a people watcher; taking up street photography allows me to attempt to bottle that habit, and this website is that vessel. It’s a simple photoblog, and I’ve given myself the entirely unoriginal aim of posting one new picture per day. The pictures will not necessarily – in fact almost never – have been taken on the day they are posted. There will be enough challenge in collecting 30-odd decent pictures each month let alone trying to do one per day.
Inspiration for this site comes from all the street photographers out there, but particularly:
- New Yorker James Maher, who taught me a few tricks in a terrific article on the Digital Photography School site
- Vivian Meier, whose remarkable collection of Chicago street photography from the 1950s and 1960s is just coming to light thanks to John Maloof
- William Watt, a Melbourne photographer whose Melbourne Street blog demonstrates, every day, that there are more than enough images to be had in this town to maintain a decent photoblog, and whose nice clean site gave me some ideas to get me started.
For the technical minded out there, I don’t have a lot of gear. I shoot with a Pentax K-r, a wonderfully light and versatile DSLR. My favourite lenses are a 35mm f2.4 prime and 21mm f3.2 prime. I also use a 55-300mm f4.5-5.8 and a 50mm f1.4, though rarely use the latter for this type of image.
For photo management and post-production I use Apple’s Aperture almost entirely. Very occasionally I take a photo into Photoshop Elements for a bit more work but these days Aperture is very powerful and so that is very rare.
During the day I’m a freelance copywriter (www.davidbrewster.com).