Personal Views

Why Shooting Backs Is Still Street Photography


In the ever-widening scope of what we consider street photography, most would secure that nothing beats a great candid portrait. A person’s face alone can tell a thousand stories. The eyes, the expressions and even the wrinkles and scars help us to get lost in the story the face can create. But can a shot from behind a person be as poignant as a frontal one? I believe it can!


Since I began photography in January I have owned two cameras. My first purchase was a Canon SX240 compact camera and then, in July, I purchased a Nikon D7000 with the 18-105mm kit lens along with the 35mm and 50mm 1.8G prime lenses. So, why did I choose a DSLR?

I don’t have any first hand experience with any other types of camera so I would like to talk about why I chose the equipment I did. I will also talk about the positives and negatives I have found so far.

Casper Macindoe describes in his own words What is Street Photography, or more accurately What is(n't) Street Photography!

What is Street Photography?

I’m sure all photographers who pound the street have turned over the ‘What is Street Photography?’ question, maybe researched and maybe come to some conclusions. In this blog post it’s now come to me to define the undefinable. So rather than beginning with the ‘What is it?’ I thought I’d take it from ‘What it isn’t?’ and hopefully whatever is remaining IS Street Photography.

The importance of backgrounds in Street Photography

NOTE: This is a Guest Blog post written by Mario Mancuso for


Every time we take a picture, most of our attention is on the main subject.

Certainly we must be careful to place it properly in the frame and position ourselves correctly in relation to the subject, we must avoid cutting off important parts of the photo. After all this attention to the main subject of the photo, we should not forget the background.

When reading numerous books and blogs written by professional photographers, I often encounter the claim that a great subject requires a great background. Very often we focus exclusively on the elements we are most interested in which is what our eyes are seeing. So, when we photograph, if we do not make an explicit effort to consider all the other elements that make up the scene, we risk including something that will ruin the final result.

The background is of fundamental importance in the composition of the image emphasizing the subject, improving the photography, or if not adequate, it may cause irreparable damage to the image, making it chaotic.

What Is Street Photography... Oybek’s Opinion

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Without any ado, I will commit a crime of telling you the answer now. Simply, I don’t know. Before you start to think “what a boring post” this is, let me tell you that I don’t know because my definition of street photography is different to yours and yours is to a person next to you.

Before we go on, I have to say that I will try my best to accommodate creative geeks who have thought of street photography but never had a chance or will to give it a shot. This post will be casual so relax and hope you will enjoy it.

My definition of Street Photography

Now, if you want to know what my definition of street photography is and what I love about it then stay on and we will look into it further.

Let’s start then by giving you a brief background of me. I was born in 1989 in Uzbekistan. This was an environment of uncertainty and fear of the future as Uzbekistan was declared independent of USSR. I am not sure about others but I owe this brief crisis of my unimportant life at the time a great deal. What do I mean by that? I am sure in West and East people have an image of Soviet Union as gray standard 4 storey flat blocks with windowless concrete government buildings. Communists with no religion and tradition that know only to worship their seniors, work like a zombie with obedience. Well, yes… Buildings were like that as I grew up myself in a gray 4 storey flat but I don’t know how people lived in USSR. My parents told me that whatever ideology was creeping in your head, it had to stay there. Your tongue and limbs had to do what you were told. You make your own mind up on this.

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So, what is Street Photography? I’m not going to get into genres, types of street photography, history of street photography or what is, or isn’t, considered street photography as these subjects have been talked about, discussed, agreed/disagreed and argued over so much in the past, present and, no doubt, in the future too.

Besides, who am I to decide what is, or isn’t, street photography?

So, what I want to write about is what street photography is to me personally. What it has done for me personally and what I choose to photograph and not to photograph.


The following views are mine personally and do not necessarily represent the views of the StreetHunters team.


How do I define street photography? At the root, it’s a “style” of photography. Genres and styles. Seems to me that all forms of art are categorized by genres and styles. I don’t like to be categorized, and I believe most creative folk do not, either. But, I can understand why it’s a necessary evil. If any style of photography pushes the confines of categorization, street photography surely does!

Categories are good for the marketers, from the top all the way down to the retailer, promoter, etc. They know where to place the “product”. They know how to promote it. How to sell it. And it’s good for the booking agent at the club or the gallery owner. To get similar genres and styles together. To appeal to a certain crowd. To know what section of the book our music store to go to. It’s a degree of homogenization that effectively helps to sell or bring our notice to something.


The following views are mine personally and do not necessarily represent the views of the StreetHunters team.


Street Photography is a genre of photography that can’t be easily described to others. The understanding of the definition of it varies from individual to individual due to the fact that each person simply understands it in a different way. I don’t know who originally named this genre of Photography “Street Photography”, but as time has passed, more and more additions to the definition have been made. Street Photography has changed and maybe that is why for some, the actual name “Street Photography” is now a bit confusing.


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.


Street Photography is beautiful. Street Photography is thrilling. Street Photography is ugly. Street Photography is funny. Street Photography is rude. Street Photography has many silhouettes and shapes. Street Photography is about faces…

According to how we understand Street Photography, it is many things. Depending on the style of the Photographer, a Street Photo can be Artistic, or Rude, or Intrusive or all those together. A Street Photo can be Amazing, Boring, Full of people or devoid of people. So, you see, there are many styles of Street Photos out there. Today we are going to present the Types of Street Photography. We will examine what defines each Type and through this examination we will better understand the scope that Street Photography covers.