NOTE: This is a Guest Blog post written by Timothy Lunn exclusively for www.streethunters.net.
‘Like Chaplin Does’
Silhouettes, shadows and solitary figures traipsing through winter rain have long been staples of street photography.
But they’re not everyone’s cup of tea.
Street Photographers as diverse as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliot Erwitt and Tavepong Pratoomwong have long championed the ‘brighter side’ to life, incorporating humour, comedy and a sense of the absurd into their work.
Erwitt in particular held humour in high regard, claiming:
“Making people laugh is one of the highest achievements you can have. And when you can make them laugh and cry, alternately, like Chaplin does, now that’s the highest of all possible achievements. I don’t know that I aim for it, but I recognize it as the supreme goal.”
But this goal of making people laugh ‘Like Chaplin does’ is harder than it appears.
Many of us struggle to express humour through our photography, resorting instead to the tried and tested trends of existential despair and postmodern misery.
With such cheery thoughts in mind, Street Hunters turned to one of London’s leading street photographers – Becky Frances – for some helpful tips and advice.