Locations for Photography

Photo by Spyros Papaspyropoulos

Introduction

On the 15th of October 2015, Digby and myself arrived in Rome, Italy. The purpose of this trip was to record a new Street Hunt for our YouTube channel. You can learn more about our previous Street Hunts in our Videos section. We returned back to the Streethunters.net HQ in Crete on the 19th of October feeling very satisfied with our time in Italy. During our stay we shot a lot, ate very nice Italian food, enjoyed Rome by night and had an amazing time. None of the above would have been possible without our dear friend and fellow Street Hunter Marcello Perino, who proved to be a truly wonderful host and a good friend.

When will the video be ready?

As I have mentioned in previous posts, a Street Hunt video usually takes up to 3 weeks to produce, not including actual recording time. Fortunately the recording is now complete and we just have to process our photos and videos. This time around we have done something to spice things up, but we will not let you know exactly what right now. I will only say that the experience will be twice as interesting as usual! So, sometime around the 2nd week of November we will be sharing with you the all new Rome Street Hunt which we hope you will enjoy as much as the previous ones!

So What Is This Post About?

Through this post I wish to share with you the experiences we shared during our stay in Rome. I will write about the things we did each day and the places we visited. Before I continue though I would say a special thanks to the people that helped make this Street Hunt experience so amazing.

Photo by Spyros Papaspyropoulos
Photo by Spyros Papaspyropoulos

Introduction

6 days ago I arrived in Istanbul, Turkey to film a new Street Hunt sponsored by Cosyspeed! Cosyspeed has sponsored a previous Street Hunt, the one we recorded in December 2014 in Hamburg, Germany. Visit the Street Photography in Hamburg, Germany post to read more about that or watch the Hamburg Street Hunt to get an even better experience.

Photo by Spyros Papaspyropoulos
Photo by Spyros Papaspyropoulos

I stayed in Istanbul for about 5 days (4 nights) and I have to say it was one of my best Street Photography trips ever. I got to see amazing new places, I was honoured to meet new people and lucky enough to make new friends. It was an experience that will be always remembered. From the first moment I arrived at my hotel until I left 5 days later, I only stopped shooting to sleep and eat. The rest of the time I was in the streets making photos, experiencing the life of Istanbul and widening my photographic horizons.

1st Annual Street Hunters Meeting

Introduction

Dear StreetHunters.net Readers,

This past weekend I visited the city of London in the UK, to film a Street Hunt video and to attend the 1st Annual Street Hunters Meeting. I stayed for 3 nights and had an amazing time! London is a versatile city, full of many amazing characters. At first I was overwhelmed by its size and I felt like an ant in the sea, but soon I adjusted and with the help of the rest of the Street Hunters I managed to get in sync with the vibe of London! All in all I shot in the streets for 2 full days (Saturday and Sunday) and during that time I covered 30 km of walking distance that I managed to cover in a total of 18 hours. I didn’t break my Hamburg 22 hour record in 2 days, but still I felt like I burned off 1 week’s worth of calories!

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A guide to Street Photography in Norwich

Introduction

Norwich is the city where I was born, and despite having never actually lived there, it’s a place where I’ve spent a great deal of my time over the years as I went to school and university there. As the town where I have lived all my life is quite small and Norwich has a population of over 200,000, it is on the urban streets here that I learnt how to be a street photographer. Norwich is the capital of Norfolk, and is located in the heart of East Anglia, in the ‘hump’ that protrudes to England’s South East. It is a fantastically historic city, and the city centre is home to a truly remarkable number of brilliantly preserved mediaeval buildings, which form an interesting architectural backdrop to photos. The most distinctive of these are the beautiful Norman Cathedral (which has the second highest spire in England), and the Norman Castle, located right in the city centre. Norwich is a very popular shopping destination which means there are always people on the streets, and it has a strong cultural identity and nightlife too owing to the two universities based in the city.

Cyclist riding over a Bridge in Hamburg

Introduction

Dear StreetHunters.net Readers,

This weekend I visited the city of Hamburg in Germany, to film a Street Hunt video sponsored by Cosyspeed, the company that produces the Camslinger camera bags that are a great companion for any Street Photographer. I stayed in Hamburg for 3 nights and during that time I was lucky enough to meet some very interesting and nice people, to walk the fabulous streets of Hamburg, to taste local food and drinks and to learn a few German words that helped me get around. My trip was full of Street Photography and walking, full of amazement at the architecture and the sheer size of the city and finally full of excitement about seeing new things! The only thing I thought I didn’t handle all too well was the cold. I know that many of you live in equally cold places, some in even colder ones, but being used to the moderate weather of Crete, I felt quite chilly. So, I kept moving, I kept going until by the end of my trip I had covered 22 solid hours of walking. Would I do it again? 100% yes!!! If I woke up in Hamburg tomorrow, I would be on the street for hours on end taking photographs of everything that interested me!

Bye bye pirates

Introduction

Since the summer of 2009 I have been living in the lovely little town of Rethymno in Crete, Greece. Rethymno is a small town that is located on the north shores of Crete in the mid-west part of the island. Rethymno is also the name of the county that Rethymno town is located in. Rethymno county is much larger and covers a big area from the north to the south shores of the island. I like Rethymno because of the old part of town that has a strong Venetian influence. Most of the old buildings there are still inhabited, mostly by older people or families and the narrow paths and small squares are almost always full of children playing or of older people relaxing. The reason for this is that no cars are allowed in the Old Town and this makes it safe for families to let their kids have fun in the streets, just like kids had fun in the old days. Those narrow streets and little alleys, the squares and the seaside road are where I practise my art. This is where everything started for me.

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Introduction

If you’ve read any of my posts before, you’ll remember how I’ve said sorting street photography is a real challenge for me. Two things factor into the challenge: time and location. As far as time goes, I work a odd night shift. When I finish work, there is literally nothing going on nearby. So, shooting on the weekdays is frustrating and pointless. This leaves the weekends. Weekends are a battleground! Chores, family, friends and relaxation all compete for my valuable time. Believe me, I want to do it all, but sometimes it’s not possible. Deep down I want to shoot, shoot, shoot. So, I do what I can and usually end up with just a few hours each month to go out and do it! This leads us to the second challenge: location!

Introduction

This week I thought I would do more of a pictorial blog post about the places I go and the streets I walk looking for material. I live in the South East of Spain, just outside the city of Orihuela which is situated close to the border of the Alicante and Murcia regions. Orihuela has been my main source of material but I love to go to the cities of Murcia and Alicante when it’s possible.