Authors Posts by Casper Macindoe

Casper Macindoe

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Working wholly in colour, sticking mainly to 28mm and 35mm lens, Casper Macindoe pushes his practice each day hoping to at least take one good photo before he dies! If you would like to see his work you can also visit his Street Hunters Profile.

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Street Photo of the week

Street Photo of the week by Helen Levitt

Helen Levitt is our choice for this weeks Master of Street Photography. Documenting life post the ‘Great Depression’, Helen Levitt’s work presents the ordinary. No special event, no decisive moment, just kids playing, people passing, wives gossiping , virtually nothing other than the stuff of day to day life. By doing this and being consistent in her vision Helen Levitt is able to extract this mundane from it’s drudgery and elevate it into something which resonates even today. Far from being nostalgic her work appears to capture recurring moments in everybody’s lives making it shine.

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Initial thoughts

This week’s image has been submitted by Anton Fortein. It shows us a chap walking his dog coming out of a covered area into the bright light. Everything feels old, the buildings, the person, the dog, the strange cupboard on the right of the image, it feels, because of the building in the background, somehow New York. I chose this image because there is so little awry with it ,I was interested to find ways of taking what is already a great photo and pushing it to the next level.

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Initial thoughts

Hi Don,

I think there is a lot of energy in the pose of the musician, and definitely one for black an white as the contrast between shirt and cap and shoes I think really works. I’m not a fan of vignetting as I think it breaks the audience’s ‘suspension of belief’ – in that I mean if the vignetting is spotted then the viewer feels post production has been applied and somehow a lie has been told through the image.

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Planning a street photography project

This week’s blog post has a slightly different format. I have used the tool being explained to derive an actual project. I would like you readers to do the same. So reach for a piece of paper and pencil or open our shared spreadsheet and our handy document that contains everything you need when Planning a personal Photography project and lets head on in.

Planning a Personal Photography Project.

Make it personal

I’ve seen this header on a number of sites and never really tried to comprehend it. SO I begin at the beginning in trying to find out what is personal;

Who am I as defined by my actions

  • I have a daughter
  • I am an animator
  • I have worked in hospitality for 24yrs
  • I paint
  • I sculpt
  • I am an absent father
  • I lodge at a friends house
  • I enjoy red wine/burgers/smoking/coffee
  • I don’t drive although I can
  • I never listen to music
  • I’m single
  • I’m date-lexic ( this is a made up term which I use to excuse myself from never being able to remember birthdays, meetings and other anniversaries of time )

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Featured Photo

Street Photo of the week by Saul Leiter

This week, we recognise Saul Leiter as the Master of Photography he surely is. Dying, alas, always brings images of the person to the fore and for most the homage bears upon a single image or series. For Saul Leiter this is impossible. Even though known for certain attributes such as; having a ‘painterly quality’ in his photographs which his contemporaries didn’t, or being able to use colour to push the emotional feeling in his images. He is known for colour rather than an image. Having looked through as much as we can find of his oeuvre we noticed Leiters work always appears to be peeking out or through, almost always another pane of glass between him and the happening he photographs,not just the lens.

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Moon on a stick by Casper Macindoe

Introduction

Welcome back readers, to the second part of ‘Pushing Practice’. To recap. Due to unfortunate circumstances I had to send my beloved Fujifilm x20 to the repairs and was quoted 4 weeks repair time. What to do whilst I wait? I bought a second hand Panasonic point and shoot. This is what I thought.

‘Oh my god, will that flash stop going off man!!!’
‘Hmm no changing ISO then – humpf’

It was a difficult and slightly irritating switch between cameras although I don’t blame the Panasonic for that, sometimes getting into a new car can throw out your learned skills. Eventually, well 20 minutes later we were as one!

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Man with bandage by Fred Herzog

Street Photo of the week by Fred Hertzog

With a number of Masters across the internet we thought we would feature a lesser know/recognised Master ; Fred Hertzog from Stuttgart, Germany but most widely known primarily for his photos of life in Vancouver, Canada. He focuses on the working classes mainly and at a time when many were using black and white he used colour slide film. For us at least the glorious use of muted colour whilst documenting unposed street life just at the turn of mass marketing,media and change of identity on our streets gives his individual eye. He is able to imbue his images with a serenity and innocence without losing a sense of individuality  of the characters within his scenes.

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Introduction

Progression and development are probably in most of our ideas of what a street photographer should include in their practice but it is often enough because we enjoy being recognised for ‘such and such’ whether that be black and white or colour, from HCB school of romantic imagery or more gritty urban of Boogie we fail to change until change is brought upon us.

My change was brought upon me just last week. The turning dial switch on of my beloved Fujifilm X20 stopped working and therefore wouldn’t turn off and wouldn’t autofocus at 28mm which is a place I like to be in my shooting. So to the repairs it had to go.

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Introduction

Is there an easy way to better street photography? Is there a system to help me improve my eye? YES!! Although I usually condone “Keep Calm and do this and that” lists, having seen the results of these few steps in action I believe that if you, yes you! take the time over the next twelve months and follow the steps below, your street photography will develop in leaps and bounds. It will take focus, dedication and without a doubt shooting every day. If you’re committed to that; continue reading, if not ; sell your camera.

The six steps are :