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Sowebo - Picture of the week

The Sowebohemian Arts and Music Festival is held every year on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. It gets its name from the Baltimore neighborhood in which it’s held, Sowebo… an abbreviation for Southwest Baltimore. Just a month prior, Baltimore was making headlines worldwide for the demonstrations and rioting following the death of Freddie Gray while in Baltimore police custody. Some of the rioting and looting took place only blocks from this neighborhood. Since then, the city has “calmed down”, to a degree. Six police officers have been indicted.

Street Hunters Weekly Pic - Summer Feet

Summer feet

This is a photograph that has been shot with a Yashica Electro 35 CC with Kodak Portra 400 film, in Rethymno, Crete, Greece.

I remember this day like yesterday. It was one of those days when things just fell into place. I felt like I could see photos all around me. Those days are good Street Photography days and are also unforgettable.

There was another reason that day was special. I wasn’t shooting on my own. I had company, good company. Streethunters.net Reader and SHRC Moderator Klaus Scherer has paid me a surprise visit all the way from Germany! I was so happy to get his message that he was in my home town. We arranged to meet as soon as possible so we could hit the streets together. We both like Film and Digital Street Photography. This day it was decided to shoot with film.

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Pic of the Week by Digby Fullam

This photo was shot using a Canon 6D with a Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens.

I’ve spoken before about how sometimes I can head out to take photos and I’m not able to ‘see’ anything interesting that makes a good shot for hours, despite walking miles and miles with my camera. On other occasions I can be in a rush to get somewhere and I’ll see something that would make an incredible photo, but I just don’t have time to stop, take out my camera and make a shot. This happens more often than not – anyone who knows me would tell you I’m always rushing to get places because I’m consistently late for everything! In the week before I’d shot this photo I had an absolute nightmare with this. On one particular day I was running to be somewhere and I saw no fewer than 5 brilliant photo opportunities present themselves, but I knew there was just no way I could stop to take a shot. How frustrating!

Weekly pic by Andrew Sweigart

Baltimore has been in the news a lot these past few weeks. But it hasn’t been good news. Stories and images of civil unrest have been front and center in not only the television broadcasts, but print and social media as well. Needless to say, it’s heartbreaking. I visit the city often, shooting there and playing there… I truly love it. So to see the destruction, chaos, anger and grief, I cannot help to feel sad because I do have a small connection to Charm City. The deeper, bigger issues of racism, abuse of authority and economic separation are ones that need addressed not only across America, but the entire world. If anything, the positive outcome of what is happening in Baltimore, will be raised awareness of these issues.

This is a photograph that has been shot with a Yashica Electro 35 GTN with Ilford HP5 400 film, in Rethymno, Crete, Greece.

Last summer I used to hit the streets with my film cameras all the time. I remember I was going through a good phase. I had my Yashica Electro 35 CC with one film, my Yashica Electro 35 GTN with another film and my Olympus mju II pocketed, equipped with another film. I used to roam the streets in search of images that made me feel relaxed and at ease. It was a period in my street photography that I looked for composition, geometry and shapes. I wasn’t interested so much in expressions and up close and personal photography. I liked that period, but now I have moved on, I am on a different path. My photography is leading me to other creations as I am stimulated by other things.

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Street Hunters weekly photo by Digby Fullam

I shot this photo in Matala, on the south coast of Crete, with a Canon 6D and a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L lens.

Matala is well known as the ‘hippie’ capital of Crete, a reputation it gained during the 1960s and 70s when hippies from all over the world saw the small seaside village as ‘a place to escape from it all’ and spent many months (or even years) living in the ancient caves carved into the cliff face above the beach. One erstwhile resident of these caves was Joni Mitchell, who’s song ‘Carey’ from her seminal album ‘Blue’ was written about her experiences in Matala in 1970, well and truly cementing Matala’s place in counterculture folklore. To this day, Matala continues to trade on its reputation as a hippie mecca, with tourists flocking to the colourful (and expensive for Crete) tavernas to soak up the chilled out atmosphere and admire the beautiful sunsets. They can even trek up to the famous caves, though only if they’re willing to pay an entrance fee to bypass the wire fence that ironically ‘secures’ these symbols of free living from the outside world.

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Street Hunter Weekly Pic by Andrew Sweigart

When you’re stuck shooting only on weekends, fewer events proceeded a greater “bang for the buck” than festivals. When first trying my hand at street photography, I found shooting at festivals to be a particularly comfortable way to get my feet wet with the experience. As time went on, shooting at these events became a little more like shooting fish in a barrel. But around where I live, they’re still a must for me.

They provide much more action than the weekend city streets in Central Pennsylvania and that means they present a great opportunity to practice! Practice speed/response time. Practice shooting in tight spots/crowds. Practice finding subjects in the crowd and isolating them. Plus, I still like documenting Americana, and here we have that in spades.

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This is a photograph that has been shot with a Yashica Electro 35 CC with Kodak T-MAX 100 film, in Rethymno, Crete, Greece.

I don’t remember when exactly I made this photograph, but it was a summer and it must have been sometime after 19:00 judging by the height of the sun. What I do remember though is how thrilled I was to be using Kodak T-MAX 100 film in my little Yashica Electro 35 CC. It was the same period of time that the Yashica was the only camera I shot.

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Shot with a Tamron 24-70 2.8 on a Canon 6D.

I have very strong memories of shooting this photo. It was the first Monday in March and the weather was glorious – the first really nice sunny and warm day of the year after a surprisingly long cold and wet winter in Rethymno. I was also in a particularly buoyant mood as the day before my football team Norwich City had triumphed over their bitter local rivals Ipswich Town that lifted them to the 3rd position in the Championship and a step closer to returning to the Premier League.

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Weekly pic.

As warmer weather slowly creeps near, I realize now it is true what they say… absence makes the heart grow fonder. It’s been so long since I shot in Baltimore, my heart truly aches to get there again. The harsh winter and physical setbacks have stopped me from visiting Charm City since the fall. I am most anxious to get back.

I’ve previously discussed the advantages of shooting in Baltimore in comparison to the smaller cities here in south central Pennsylvania. Simply put, there’s more people and more scenes. It’s a major metropolis. But I haven’t really touched on an element that’s also more abundant in Charm City. That, my friends, is individual style.

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