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Digby Fullam

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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.

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This Week Streethunters.net 18/9/17 - 24/9/17

Introduction

Welcome back to This Week on Streethunters.net, our weekly bite-sized roundup of the week’s action and events on the Streethunters street photography blog website and across all our social media feeds. If you fancy a scroll back through time, you can check out older weekly run-downs in our This Week category.

We are Out of Camera Bags!

Normally we like to kick off the week on a Monday with a look inside one of your camera bags. For over three years now we’ve been showcasing the many and varied gear setups you all rock when you head out on the streets, from the minimal one camera one lens bags to bags bursting with gear, and from analogue film cameras to digital cameras. We’ve now reached a whopping 137 camera bags! But this week we weren’t able to release a new What’s in Your Camera Bag post because we didn’t have any new camera bags! So, we’re calling on all of you readers and street photographers to send us in a photo of your camera bag so we can keep this fantastic feature going for many more years. Don’t delay!

Valérie Jardin Podcast: Do Something for Nothing in NYC with Joshua Coombes

Valérie Jardin is a good friend of Streethunters.net. Not only is she one of the top women street photographers in the world, but she is also a blogger and author of an eBook called ‘Street Photography: First Steps And Beyond’ which Andrew Sweigart has reviewed on Streethunters.net, and we have also featured Valerie’s camera bag on the website too. You may also be familiar with Valérie from her tireless work as a street photography podcaster, first with Street Focus (including an episode featuring our own Spyros Papaspyropoulos), and currently with a podcast series called Hit the Streets with Valérie Jardin. This week we shared a link on our Facebook Page to Valérie’s latest podcast, Hit The Streets 52: Do Something For Nothing in NYC with Joshua Coombes. In it Valérie interviews Joshua Coombes, a London hairstylist who gives free haircuts to homeless people. The podcast and accompanying blog post describe Valérie’s experience documenting Joshua’s charitable work in NYC using her Fujifilm X100F. You might like to check it out!

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Street Photo of the Week by Ksenia Tsykunova

Throwback Tuesday: Street Photo of the week by Ksenia Tsykunova

Our throwback Tuesday post this week was a lovely delve into the archives from July 2014 from our ‘Street Photo of the Week’ series. The photo featured was this amazing surreal shot by the Russian street photographer Ksenia Tsykunova. Make sure you check out the post for a short bio of Ksenia, links to her portfolio, and Spyros’ breakdown of why he thinks the shot rocks!

Streethunters.net Facebook Group Cover Photo by Edward Conde

There were some really fantastic street photos submitted to the Streethunters.net Facebook Group this week, but my absolute favourite was this superb street shot by Edward Conde, which was chosen as the week’s Streethunters.net Facebook Group Cover Photo! This cracking shot features some great colour, fabulous juxtaposition, and a really nice playful witty tone which I absolutely love. It’s one of those photos you can keep looking at and spotting more and more great little details. Awesome work Edward!

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The Streethunters.net Facebook Group Cover Photo for the week commencing 18th September 2017 by Edward Conde.

Press Release: Meryl Meisler’s Sassy Circus & Creepy Clowns

In our press release this week we announced the launch of an amazing looking new exhibition by Meryl Meisler, described by TIME magazine as one of the top Unsung American Female Photographers of the Past Century. Meryl’s exhibition is being held from the 22nd September to 22nd November at the Bizarre Black Box Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. The exhibition features Meryl’s photos documenting the finale of The Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, alongside a series of her 1977 clown photos which have been edited to include images of current US President Donald Trump. The combination is going to a must-see for lovers of the off-the-wall and surreal! Check out the press release for more info!

Streethunters.net Flickr Group Updated

We dedicated some time this week to combing through the submissions in the pending pool for the Streethunters.net Flickr Group. A load of superb new street photos were added into the photostream showcase for one of the web’s finest user-submitted curated street photography photo galleries. We are always astounded at the sheer brilliance of the work being produced by street photographers around the world. If you have a spare half an hour or so, or are in need of some inspiration, make sure you dive into it!

Gareth Bragdon’s GoFundMe

On Saturday we shared a link to a GoFundMe run by the street photographer Gareth Bragdon seeking support in his ongoing struggle with the fallout from his diagnosis with Lyme disease. We featured one of Gareth’s street photos in our Street Photo of the Week series, and he also made our List of 15 Flash Street Photographers You Should Follow on Social Media. You can read more about his GoFundMe here. We wish you a speedy recovery Gareth!

Closing

That’s all for this week everyone! The blog was slightly quieter for new posts this week as we had lots of irons in the fire for some other projects and work going on for new content that will be hitting you next week. Make sure you stay tuned for all that we have in store in for you next week by subscribing to our mailing list via the email sign-up on the right, and by liking and following us on Facebook, Twitter, G+, YouTube & Instagram.

Stay sharp and keep shooting!

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This Week Streethunters.net 11/7/17 cover

Introduction

Welcome back to This Week on Streethunters.net, a new feature where we set out a quick summary of all the week’s events and goings-on across our blog and social media feeds so you all can easily catch up with every bit of Street Hunters news in one place. All our previous weekly summaries will be grouped under our ‘This Week’ category on the website, so if you’ve been away from us for a while you can simply scroll back through our old summaries and get back up to date!

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Street Photography Abroad

Travelling is important for your street photography. It is not the be all and end all, and a great many street photographers consistently produce great bodies of work shooting in one location or home city. But for a great many other street photographers, travelling is an amazing way for them to get inspired, and if they travel specifically for their street photography, often gives them the time and opportunity to focus on their street photography that they wouldn’t normally have which is also very important. And all these factors are increased dramatically if your travelling for street photography extends to a foreign country. Everything becomes just that little bit more exciting and a little bit more exotic. At Streethunters.net we’ve been lucky enough to have enjoyed several opportunities to visit foreign countries for street photography, so we wanted to take the opportunity to share what we’ve learned along the way with you, so read on for our top tips for planning a street photography trip to a foreign country.

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This week Streethunters.net 4/9/17 cover

Introduction

Today we’re trialling a brand new mini featurette where we give you a quick run-down of what’s been going on with streethunters.net over the last week. We’ve snappily titled it, ‘This Week on Streethunters.net’! Why have we decided to try out this new feature? Because we understand that a lot of you lead very busy lives and aren’t always able to check the website or our social media feeds regularly for new Street Hunters blog posts, so we’re giving you another option – a one stop shop blog post where you can find all the week’s news and goings on with Streethunters.net right in one place.

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Cosyspeed Streetomatic Street Hunters promo cover

If you’d like to own a piece of rare Streethunters.net memorabilia you need to make sure you check this out! As regular readers of Streethunters.net, you’re probably already familiar with Cosyspeed, a manufacturer of innovative hip holster camera bags for mirrorless cameras (and more recently DSLRs) that are perfectly suited for street photographers. Cosyspeed and Street Hunters enjoy a fantastic ongoing relationship stretching back over several years, beginning in 2014 when we reviewed an early edition of the Camslinger Camera Bag for street photography, and continuing with Cosyspeed offering prizes for the lucky winners of our street photography monthly theme contests throughout the whole year of 2016, as well as sponsoring a variety of our street hunts, including those in Hamburg, Germany, Istanbul, Turkey, and London, England. The close relationship between Streethunters.net and Cosyspeed continues to this day, as Cosyspeed are the sponsors of the 3rd Annual Street Hunters meeting in London on the 25th of August this year, which includes both a film street photography workshop and a flash street photography workshop! So, just how can you get your hands on your very own limited edition camera bag that celebrates the partnership between our two brands? Read on for more…

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I’m not afraid to admit that I am currently going through somewhat of a creative block with my street photography. I am feeling rather listless with regards to the street photos I have been creating of late, and not enjoying the process of shooting much either. Part of this stems from a feeling of general frustration I have with shooting in my hometown – I’ve mentioned before how I find it so much easier to shoot when I’m on the road, and why I think travelling is so important for street photography, but I can’t always rely on travelling to get me out of the gutter, nor can I think I can get away with being a purely fair weather street photographer (both in a literal sense and a metaphorical one). So, there are clearly times when I need to learn how to try and force myself to be more sharp and get the creative juices flowing. To develop as a street photographer I feel I need to be prolific, because virtually without fail the only way to get really good at something is practice at it really hard until it becomes second nature. To do that I need to be able to get myself in the zone and that means making the most of all my opportunities, but also trying out new methods to galvanise myself and think creatively in order to get inspired. So I’ve put together a list below of techniques I’m currently experimenting with to help myself out of a creative rut. If you’ve experienced similar problems of frustrations in shooting in your hometown, I highly recommend you give Spyros’ article on how to get over the boredom of shooting street photos in the same location every day. There is some overlap, but my list covers a mixture of things that include both activities out on the street and broader ways of changing my mindset, so hopefully something from this will work! Read on for more…

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Sachin Khona interview cover

Streethunters.net provides a great platform for showcasing the work of many street photographers from all around the world, be they famous and well known masters,  up-and-coming photographers, or even lesser known lights who have flown under the radar. Through sharing their work online in our Facebook group on Flickr, and by participating in our monthly themed street photography contests, photographers have a great opportunity to get their work out there and give us as editors and you our readers and fellow street photographers the fabulous experience of being able to enjoy great street photos every single day. But even with all these ways of sharing your work with us, there’s still a lot of great street photography work that we don’t get to see, which is why we always welcome you guys dropping us an email from time to time, letting us know what you’re up to, and showing us some of your street photos. And that’s exactly what Sachin Khona, a Vancouver based wedding photographer and member of street photography collective The 8 Street, did, when he asked us to take a look at the street photos he’d produced after his month in India. We really enjoyed looking through Sachin’s India street photos, and we figured that many of you would too, so we asked Sachin if he’d like to take part in an interview to discuss his street photography, and much to our delight, he said yes! So get ready to dive into Sachin Khona’s exclusive interview with Streethunters.net…

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10 reasons I use manual in street photography cover

As tech progresses further and further we find more and more that we need to do less and less to make things happen. Cars can now swap cogs, brake automatically, and in some respects drive far better than people can manage. Homes are becoming ‘smart’, with auto lights and heating, and Wi-Fi enabled everything. The great march towards automation is the Holy Grail for manufacturers, and will in all likelihood come to define and dramatically shape how we live our lives this century. Naturally of course, the drive of automation has been embraced by camera manufacturers too over the last half century or so, with the arrival of built-in light meters, auto winders, automatic exposure modes, motor drive, autofocus and TTL flash – the list goes on and on. And all this is hardly surprising. There’s a lot to think about in photography, and auto modes take so much of the hassle out of the process, paring it back for the majority of users so all they need to worry about is pressing the shutter. As well as their portability and always-with-you convenience, a big aspect of the success of smartphones and iPhones as cameras is the effectiveness of their fully auto camera controls. With each new phone or software update the technology gets better and better, with the phone doing more and more of the work to easily produce great looking pictures exactly how the user envisaged. Hell, the newest iPhone can now even make ‘professional’ style shallow depth of field portrait photos! But there remains something brilliantly satisfying about using manual controls in photography, in much the same way as it’s great fun to drive a fully manual sports car. And in street photography in particular, I personally feel that shooting fully manual is the best way for me to get the results I want, and get maximum enjoyment from the experience. Why? Well, let me first explain exactly what I mean by ‘fully manual” and then give you my personal run-down of the 10 reasons why I shoot in manual mode for street photography.

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What I learned from Film Street Photography cover

ATTENTION

The following views do not necessarily represent the views of the whole StreetHunters team.


Still, in 2017 the debate between digital and film rages on. Digital may have won the technological and consumer battle, but the struggle for hearts and minds continues ad infinitum. There continue to be countless street photographers who love shooting with film and maintain that it is the best way to go. Film still offers one of the best bang-for-your-buck initial investments into the world of cameras and particularly street photography (though more on that later), and is a fully traditional process practiced by the great masters of street photography, and a medium that has been refined through years and years of gentle evolution. It is grown-up, mature, tried and tested. Digital, by contrast (and in the grand scheme of things) is still in its infancy. While it has overtaken film in several technical aspects – light sensitivity (ISO) and size (ie the ability to squeeze sensors and cameras into our smartphones) being just two examples – in other respects digital continues to evolve and require finessing. The digital street photographer is still playing and experimenting with a medium in flux, and one where they still (if successfully lured into it) have to take part in the constant arms race and never ending hamster wheel of new gear (read sensors) through gear acquisition syndrome. It’s not necessary, but it’s an easy trap to fall into. No such issues with film. And then there’s that intangible quality. The utterly subjective (and to an extent invented) and the mythical. The glorious analogue nature of a process that as times seems like witchcraft made real. Light and chemistry coming together to create something not alive, but packed full of character and imperfection. Where silicon wafers and ones and zeros are replaced with something altogether more powerful. Something with soul. Or so it goes. As a millennial, raised on 35mm disposal and compact cameras in the ‘90s but cutting my teeth and really ‘learning’ solely on digital in the noughties, I owed it to myself to give film a shot. So read on for my experience of using film in street photography.

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Street Photography Image Problem Cover

ATTENTION

The following views do not necessarily represent the views of the whole StreetHunters team.


As I fire off another frame because I’m out ‘shooting on the streets’ and I feel compelled to, I often wonder just what the point of it all is. The same feeling often pervades me as I browse through my Lightroom catalogue. Hundreds and thousands of street photos but just what am I striving for? When I get into this kind of mindset I often begin to think about the concept of street photography as a whole, and the more I do, the more I begin to wonder about the genre itself, whether there are some real issues that need addressing, and specifically, does street photography have an image problem?

I edited this blog post on 6/5/2017 to include a reference to an article by Michael Sweet which I had forgotten about – thank you to Karen Commings for the reminder!