This is a photograph that has been shot with a Yashica Electro 35 CC and Agfa Vista 200 film, in Rethymno, Greece.
It is 09:40 and I find myself at the Chania International Airport getting ready to board a plane to Athens. This week, I will be there for work. I have lots of meetings and presentations I have to attend for my day job. I don’t know if I will have any time to shoot in the versatile, colourful streets of the Greek capital. I will try, but it is highly unlikely. I am travelling extra light this time, so I have only got my Ricoh GR with me. My Fujifilm X-Pro-1 is at home, waiting for me. The airport isn’t very busy but still it has annoying distractions that will not allow me to write. So, I have fired up my music device, which also happens to be my mobile phone and I am listening to “Blackstar”, David Bowie’s last album.
Shot with a Fujifilm X-Pro1 and Fujinon XF18mm f/2 lens in Rethymno, Crete.
I made this photo on the same day I took “All in White” – the street photo I wrote about for my last Weekly Street Hunters pic. That particular day was a Saturday, and it was probably one of my most enjoyable and successful street photography sessions since the street hunt in Rome. In fact, this was probably my longest street hunt since Rome too! It was one of those days when everything came together and I was really really enjoying myself. Enough time had gone by since I first got my X-Pro1 for me to really feel at home with it, and I was like a thing possessed on the streets.
This is a photograph that has been shot with a Yashica Electro 35 CC and Kodak Tri-X 400 film, in Rethymno, Greece.
It is 01:24 am and I am in Athens as I am writing this. I am listening to “Fly like an Eagle” by the Steve Miller band. Great tune. It has been a busy day and I am late for writing my Weekly Street Hunters Pic post due to the the fact that I have been in meetings for work from 11:00 am until 21:00 pm. After that I had dinner with my mates and saw a movie to unwind. I just got back home and I thought that I should go through my photographs and choose a Pic of the Week.
This photo was shot in Rethymno, Crete with a Fujifilm X-Pro1 and a Fujinon XF18mm f/2 lens.
I was particularly pleased with this street photo because it was one of those shots that was almost not a photo at all. On the day I made this photograph I had been out on a street hunt for several hours and I had been really enjoying myself taking photos. I hadn’t had the chance to shoot any pictures in the daylight for weeks, and I was really enjoying the fantastic winter sunlight in Rethymno, and lovely long shadows it was throwing as it pierced its way through gaps in buildings to create little pools of light here and there. I had my 18mm lens (27mm equivalent) set to a hyperfocal distance of 1.3m plus, and my exposure set manually for the sun’s highlights, so I didn’t have to worry about a thing on my X-Pro1 – I was snapping away like a maniac!
This is a photograph that has been shot with a Sony NEX-6 and a SEL35F18 lens, in Rethymno, Greece.
This photo was taken more than a year ago in September 2014. I remember it was about the time when my eye was starting to see things in colour. I was in transition, moving from B&W to 100% colour.
The reason I shot this in colour was because of the two brightly coloured bins. The blue one is for recycling paper and plastic, while the yellow one is for recycling glass. Both those bins, side by side gave a certain look to the composition that I liked and for that reason the photo wasn’t converted to monochrome.
This photo was shot in Rome, Italy with a Fujifilm X-Pro1 and a Fujinon XF18mm f/2 lens.
If you’ve been following the streethunters.net website recently you’ll have seen that Spyros Papaspyropoulos and myself visited beautiful Rome recently for some street photography, and to record the Street Hunt #17 video which we released last week! The visit to Rome for street photography was my first time exploring the Eternal City, and I have to say I liked it very much! Rome is a very good city for street photos because it’s so packed with people, full of interesting and historic architecture, and the autumnal light in the city (when it’s not hidden by cloud) is just perfect!
This is a photograph that has been shot with a Sony NEX-6 and a SEL20F28 lens, in Athens, Greece.
Everybody has a WTF moment in their life. Sometimes those moments come along more times than one would like them too. One day, a couple of years ago in Athens, I gave this lady in the photo a reason to have a WTF moment. I don’t know if it was her first one, or if she has had any more since then, but this WTF moment got captured in a photograph for ever. I think that makes it a special moment for her and for me.
Shot with a Canon 6D and a Canon 50mm f/1.8 in Rethymno, Crete.
The summer of 2015 in Europe was the summer of the Selfie Stick. They were a regular sight in Greece over the last 6 months, and we found on our summer street hunts in London, Istanbul and Rome that you can hardly move for tourists wielding smartphones on sticks. The plague of the selfie stick has descended on all the major cities and travel destinations, and for the time being at least, it looks like it’s here to stay. For the uninitiated, a ‘selfie stick’ is a collapsible metal pole with a clamp that attaches to a smartphone. It allows the owner to hold their phone out at length and take a self portrait (‘selfie’) in front of a famous landmark or view. I cannot believe how widespread the selfie stick has become. At any tourism hotspot you’re bound to see masses of people all clutching these sticks and smiling into their smartphones. To see so many different people all behaving in the same way is a really weird sight, it’s something from a twisted dystopia, or even a cult!
One topic that seems to divide the photography community is whether the posed street portrait is street photography or not. I say it is. I consider it a sub-genre of street. In my book, a posed street portrait is where you ask someone for permission to photograph them. That’s it. I don’t ask them to move to a spot for better light or better composition. I don’t ask them to smile or not to smile. Truthfully, I don’t do a lot of posed street portraits. When I do, it’s spur of the moment and usually a result of interaction between me and the subject-to-be. An exchange of small talk. Someone asking me for a cigarette. A transaction.
I take advantage of these meetings when I see character in faces that I may have missed before the interaction. I love capturing detail in faces that tell a story. And sometimes, I just use these exchanges to practice or to get me jump started on the occasional slow start while on a street hunt. More than once, I’ve attempted to get my mojo working by asking for a photograph.
This is a photograph that has been shot with a Sony NEX-6 and a SEL20F28 lens, in Rethymno, Crete, Greece.
Last year my German friend and fellow Street Hunter, Klaus Scherer, visited my little home town of Rethymno and together we took quite a few photo walks in search of good street photos. It was the summer of 2014 and back then I was constantly looking for new material for my ongoing project “Life Through a Window”. As you can tell by the title of the project, it is all about capturing slices of life as they unfold behind windows. I was obsessed with shooting people through any kind of window and whenever I saw an opportunity to add a new photo to my project I would pounce on it like a wild cat.