Digby Fullam is a photographer with a passion for photojournalism and narrative documentary photography. He finds street photography to be an excellent storytelling medium. He is the newest addition of the Streethunters.net team. If you would like to see his work you can also visit his Street Hunters Profile.
Minimalism is all the rage right now. Spend any time reading blogs, flipping through cookery books or design magazines and virtually all you see are neat straight lines, uncluttered desks, and seas of overexposed whites. We can attribute this to all sorts of factors. For instance, modern web design is all about a light, clean look with lots of negative or ‘white’ space, so similarly themed photos fit perfectly with this style – ditto on Instagram, where, when reduced to a thumbnail, a neat, minimal image leaps out compared to a busy, intricate layered shot. IKEA built a flat pack empire furnishing our homes with smart, scandi styles, and part of Apple’s stratospheric rise to the colossus it is today can be attributed to Steve Jobs’ and Jony Ive’s obsession with minimalism, both through functionality (binning CD drives and ports), and through worship of the Bauhaus design school, and Dieter Rams’ incredible industrial design functionalism showcased by many classic Braun products. So, with minimalism so highly influential in all aspects of our life, how can we start channeling this look into our street photography? And, as we continue to admire all your superb submissions from last month’s minimalism themed street photography monthly theme contest, and marvel at the brilliance of our contest winner Achim Katzberg’s street shot, what could be more apposite than taking a look under the hood of minimalism to seeing what makes it tick? Read on for a minimalism primer in our guide to minimalist street photography…
Finding the right camera bag for street photography is a very subjective choice. Some street photographers will prefer to travel light, heading out on the streets with just one camera and one lens in hand and a spare battery or memory card, whilst others will opt to carry the proverbial kitchen sink with them when out shooting – multiple cameras, lenses, flashes – the works. Personally I’ve always shied away from using a backpack for street photography as they have traditionally appeared a little overkill – hulking great black monstrosities festooned with zips, buckles and compartments that absolutely scream “I’m a camera nerd!”. Packed and bursting to the gunwales with a bit of camera gear for any eventuality, such backpacks for me epitomise the excesses of gear acquisition syndrome, and are exactly not what the street photographer needs. Plus I’ve harboured a somewhat irrational dislike for wearing backpacks ever since reading one of those dreadful style-magazine type articles which said a grown man should never be seen wearing a backpack – something about them making the wearer look like an overgrown schoolboy together with their excessively utilitarian appearance, which has also stuck with me.
As a result, I’ve always preferred the single strapped messenger bag style (practicality and back pain be damned!). For my street photography camera bag needs over the last few years I’ve been relying on the Lowepro Event Messenger 250 (with space for laptop and several cameras or lenses if I want them), or if travelling lighter, the nifty Cosyspeed Camslinger Streetomatic. But, things are changing. Backpacks are getting trendy – or at least it appears that way judging by the sheer number of Fjällräven Kånken backpacks I see being worn by students from my local art school. So, I figured it was time I put my initial misgivings aside and try a camera backpack for street photography. Something that looked more ‘casual street’ than Terminator-style uber photo machine. Enter the K&F Concept camera backpack.
Hopefully you’re already aware that as well as this street photography news and blog website, Streethunters.net also has a very active presence across loads of different social media channels. Some, like our Facebook page, Twitter account, Instagram, and G+ pages, we use to to share our latest news and announcements of our new blog posts. Others, like our popular YouTube channel, are the home of our pioneering Street Hunt series, as well as our informative Street Talk episodes, interviews, and slideshows of the work by the winning street photographers from our monthly theme contests. But two of our social media channels are dedicated to showcasing the work of immensely talented street photographers, and in particular, you, our loyal readers! Both our Flickr Group and Facebook Group are places where we and the rest of the world get to enjoy your very best street photos. Both are thriving communities, which we moderate carefully to ensure that users on both platforms get to enjoy both social media sites to their maximum potential, and savour some great street photos in the process. Each week the Flickr group is moderated with new photos added to one of the best contemporary street photography galleries on the web, while the Streethunters.net Facebook Group is moderated almost daily to showcase superb street photos of all different styles from all over the world created by a host of photographers shooting with all sorts of mediums and equipment. To celebrate the wonderful photos in our Facebook Group, we carefully pore over the new submissions made each week and select our very favourite photo from the week to choose as the Group Cover Photo for one whole week. We did this throughout 2016, and we did it through the whole of 2017 too. The result is the 52 best street photos we’ve seen in the Streethunters.net Facebook Group in 2017!
So as always the best laid plans of mice and men have gone awry, and it has now been almost six or so weeks since the last ‘This Week’ – our summaries of the latest goings on with the Streethunters.net blog and social media channels. With Christmas fast approaching, and our editorial team readying ourselves for a short break to recharge our batteries, we wanted to give a really quick rundown of the events of the last month and half if you’ve missed anything. So strap yourselves in, and get ready for a whistle-stop tour!
Another week has ended, which means it’s just the time for us to put together a short debrief of just what’s been going on with us Street Hunters, with ‘This Week on Streethunters.net’! We’ve got a couple of month’s worth of weekly summaries now archived over on the ‘‘This Week’ page of the website, so make sure you head on over if you’ve been out of the loop for a while and have some catching up to do. But for now, let’s crack on with everything that’s been happening this week!
In keeping with our recent tradition, we’re doing a run-down of the previous week’s action and events on Streethunters.net and on our various social media pages with ‘This Week on Streethunters.net’. Remember, you can have a browse through earlier Streethunters.net weekly summaries by heading over to the ‘This Week’ archive pages of the website. But right now, it’s time to head back over the last week and explore what’s been going on!
PhoS Athens 2017 – A free street photography festival in Athens in November 2017
We’re continuing the countdown to the PhoS Athens street photography event – a free street photography event taking place in Athens between the 10th and 12th November 2017 which Streethunters.net is helping to organise! Last week we brought you the announcement of the official programme for the PhoS street photography festival, which will include presentations, portfolio reviews, workshops, photowalks, exhibitions, and more! As well as all these events, one of the most hotly anticipated aspects of PhoS Athens has been the street photography photo contests held in the run-up to the festival. Read on for more…
It’s Sunday, which means it’s time for another summary of the past week’s happening in the Streethunters.net world on our street photography blog and social media channels with ‘This Week on Streethunters.net’. If you’re new to this featurette, you can browse back through old weekly run-downs on the This Week archive pages of the website. But for now, read on to find out what we’ve been up to over the last week!
We return for another instalment of ‘This Week on Streethunters.net’, our weekly run-down of the recent blog posts and activity on the Streethunters.net street photography website and social media pages. If you would like to check out older weekly summaries going back over a few months, you can find find historic posts in the ‘This Week’ category of the website. And with that, we shall crack on with breaking down what we had going on this week!