If you are a regular on this website, you might have noticed that it has been a while since I have personally reached out to you with a blog post. Since the beginning of the new year, I have only published a few Camera bags, that you have so generously shared with us and some Throwback Tuesday posts. The last few months have been very busy for me. I have had my hands full at work and at the same time my personal life became more demanding. As a result, I had to sacrifice time from Streethunters.net. Fortunately things are now back to normal, and I am once again ready to pour my energy and my passion into Street Photography.
The purpose of today’s post
The purpose of today’s post is to make an important announcement and to share with you what to expect from the Streethunters.net website and its Social Media channels in 2019.
Back in May we began our annual search for the most influential street photographers of the year, asking you, our readers, to submit names and ultimately vote to decide the 20 Most Influential Street Photographers for 2016 according to the Streethunters.net Readers. As is often the case with our ‘most influential street photographers’ search, our poll generated a fair amount of controversy. Some of it was warranted, and some of it was down to people not fully understanding the nature of the poll. We learn something from the feedback from the posts each year, so this year we decided to write a ‘debrief’ of sorts to help understand and interpret the polls, and to show that we take our feedback very seriously. So read on for the Street Hunters debrief of the results of the 20 Most Influential Street Photographers of 2016!
Dear Streethunters.net Readers,
All of you that are on Facebook might have noticed yesterday that we created a brand new Streethunters.net Readers Facebook Group.
This group is the 3rd community of Street Hunters we have begun managing within the wider Social Media Sphere and we can understand if some of you might find it confusing. Additionally, we do have a successful Streethunters.net Page both on Facebook and G+ so you might probably be wondering – why have both pages and groups? To top all that, we post on Twitter and Instagram too. Please allow us to explain and to help you understand what social media outlet is best suited to you in order to be part of the full Streethunters.net experience, depending on what you are looking for.
Dear Streethunters.net Readers,
As you might remember, a while back our dear friend Casper Macindoe retired from the Streethunters.net brand for personal reasons. Casper was a creative genius and a wonderful person, our team’s zen master. Always creative, tranquil and helpful. Him leaving left Andrew and myself struggling to keep up with the flow of things and the fast pace we had set for Streethunters.net by then. Happily, we have managed to succeed, especially with the help of Anton Fortein and the other SHRC moderators that have completely taken over management of our GooglePlus Community. This gave us some extra time to work on our website’s content and to keep it constantly up to date.
Dear Streethunters.net Readers,
As you all know we promised a calendar for 2015 filled with the winning photos of the 2014 Monthly Theme Contests. Well, it took us a while to find an online “Print on Demand” service that was up to our standards AND could offer exactly what we needed, but we finally did it.
NOTE: This Blog post is Part 2 of 2. You can read Part 1 here
As the StreetHunters idea became a reality and took flight, the pressure increased. The pressure to deliver the goods. The challenge was on. I had to produce images and I had to write about my journey as a StreetHunter. This was, and still is, no easy feat. I had just dipped my toes into street photography’s waters and I was still definitely at the shallow end of the pool. Both Rob and Spyros had some experience. I had very, very little. It was exciting and intimidating, this challenge… but I welcomed it. I sweated and stressed over it, but I welcomed it. I was falling deeply in love with street photography and I wanted to become a great Street Hunter. I wanted to be a good photographer. Once I embraced the fact that being part of this project would give me the support, the encouragement and the push to develop my skills, it was, and has been, pedal-to-the-metal.
But, it hasn’t been a smooth ride. Like any creative endeavor, each success was followed by multiple failures. Personally, there’s been several moments of doubt. And the StreetHunters project hit rough patches as well. But anything good is worth fighting for and fight we did.
NOTE: This Blog post is Part 1 of 2. You can read Part 2 here
Just barely over one year ago, I began my Street Hunters adventure. Needless to say, it has profoundly affected my life. It has turned into an obsession. It went from being an experiment to a full-blown addiction. Fourteen months ago, if a psychic would have told me I would be consumed by street photography, I would have laughed. If they would have told me I’d forsake hours of sleep poring over images, researching street photography’s masters out writing blog posts like this… I’d laugh harder. And if they would have told me I’d go crazy editing for the weekend, checking the weather forecast and basically praying for a few good hours to shoot… I’d be in tears.
But, it obviously would have all been true. Truth is, I’m thankful to be in the grasp of this thing that we do. I’ve pursued other creative endeavors before. I’ve been a journalist and a musician, and still enjoy making some noise now and again. And I followed my heart with each of those artistic notions. However, I didn’t see street photography coming. It wasn’t even on the radar. The reality is, I was pushed!
Dear StreetHunters.net Readers,
We have been here since June 2013, sharing our Street Photography knowledge and experiences with you while we ourselves continually learn. Thanks to your amazing support and your wonderful attitude, we have managed to continue to deliver new content (we hope of good quality!) every week!
As you have probably understood by now, besides 1 blog post every Wednesday and 1 Featured Street Photo every Friday, we also make one video a month and try to post little things as well in between. Our Flickr and GooglePlus communities are live with activity and we are enjoying interacting with you, our fantastic readers, every single day! The experience so far has been amazing and we can’t wait to do more!
Andrew, Casper and myself are all doing this because we love Street Photography. We don’t have any real free time, we are fathers, husbands, business owners, creatives and any little free time we have we gladly invest it into the StreetHunters brand to make our website a great resource for Street Photographers all over the world.
Right now, some of us in the Northern Hemisphere are in winter’s icy grip. I know here in central Pennsylvania, USA, it’s the coldest winter in twenty years! That’s far, far longer than I’ve been shooting, for sure. As tempting as it is to stay inside, safe and warm, street photography in wintery conditions can be very rewarding and yield fantastic images. It’s not without risk, though. If you’re hardy enough and prepared, it can give you great rewards.
The Beauty Of Winter
I love the look of snow blanketing our cityscapes. It adds a new perspective to the same scenes we see 3/4 of the year. It changes it. Not drastically so, but enough to make you look at it differently. I see it as a fresh start… both the end and beginning of a year. It quiets the city some and can slow it down. That being said, it also changes how people move about and how they act.
NOTE: This is in no way an affiliate linking article. Street Hunters do not share affiliated material and if we ever will, we will let you know. For this reason this post doesn’t offer links to the objects mentioned. You can easily find everything with a simple Google search. If you don’t feel like reading, I have prepared a video in which I read the blog post for you. You can find that video at the bottom of the post.
The Holidays are upon us and it is a time of joy and gifts! A time where we usually get new things or even better we are given new things! As Street Photographers, most of us are also gadget enthusiasts and in search for the perfect camera accessories. We keep on finding ourselves on shiny eshops looking through they goodies and making our wish lists. Some of us might have basic needs, like a new camera, but others are out searching for that one thing (or many things) that will make all the difference to them the next time they are out on the street, taking photographs. What is on your wishlist this Holiday season? Have you thought about it? Well, I have thought about it and have come up with a short list. In addition I also asked the other Street Hunters what they would like for Christmas as well as some other photographer friends and this is the list filled of their awesome ideas, ideas which you might find useful!