A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed, and is, thereby, a true manifestation of what one feels about life in it's entirety. . . I believe in photography as one means of achieving an ultimate happiness and faith! - Ansel Adams

Monday 4 April 2011

Street Photography in Vasai

I am happy when my best friends have their arms around me :)
I am happy when my best friends have their arms around me :)

"When you photograph people in colour, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!"  — Ted Grant

Street photography is all about wandering, with a camera strung around your neck - observing, soaking in the surroundings, and capturing the moments that define the people, their moods and their surroundings, often in a candid setting. Wikipedia beautifully puts it thus  - Street photography uses the techniques of straight photography in that it shows a pure vision of something, like holding up a mirror to society. Street photography often tends to be ironic and can be distanced from its subject matter, and often concentrates on a single human moment, caught at a decisive or poignant moment. On the other hand, much street photography takes the opposite approach and provides a very literal and extremely personal rendering of the subject matter, giving the audience a more visceral experience of walks of life they might only be passingly familiar with. The best part about street photography is that it doesn't need fancy equipment! Often a point & shoot camera or even a mobile phone camera can do the job. All one needs is the eye to observe, the heart to feel the situation and the mind to quickly frame the scene!

The above photograph was taken inside the Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, near Vasai, where we had gone birding a few weeks ago. A photographer needs to be alert all the time about possibilities even while he may be out to specifically shoot something else, in this case birds. While that day didn't prove particularly lucky for us with respect to capturing birds, we made the most of the opportunity by indulging in some candid / street photography of people who visit the Tungareshwar temple as well as residents of the place. Later in the day we also visited the Bassein Fort, located beside the Arabian Sea in Vasai. There's a beautiful fishermen's village nearby and luckily we managed to get some good street shots of its residents!  - even though our objective was water birds!

For a slide show of complete set of pictures from Vasai, please click here.



11 comments:

... Madhumathi ... said...

Very beautiful photo and article :)

The Legend Returns said...

@Madhumathi: Thanks a lot for your wonderful comment :)

Rama Mohan A said...

Very nice. After this, I decided to learn photography. It is my dream to by a good digital camera. But I am always pushing it by some other reasons. But this year I will definitely do some thing.

The Legend Returns said...

@Rama Mohan: Thanks so much for stopping by! I am glad you liked the pictures on the blog :) Hope you buy a camera soon and discover the joy of capturing wonderful moments forever!

joshi daniel said...

nice glow in the eyes!

Harry Hilders said...

Great post!

susan carroll-seger said...

Lovely portrait and very narrative..I am also enjoying street photography more..

The Legend Returns said...

Thanks a lot Daniel, Harry & Susan!

Imtiaz Hami said...

Truly, the black and white photos have a unique appeal in itself. Captures the soul, no wonder.

theshootingstar said...

Beautiful quote & heartwarming photography!

~shivya.

The Legend Returns said...

@Shivya: Many thanks for visiting my blog and am glad you liked the post :)

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