This month's blog post is a simple premise: have fun with photography. It's going to be less chatter and more photos. I first fell in love with photography when I had the opportunity to share my excitement with other fellow photographers. This is especially true when you get to photograph amongst the streets with a friend.
Photography could very well be a type of meditation, or lonesome activity (which I practice on a regular basis), but whenever you have the chance to reach a destination with a friend, or two, or three, or more, then grab that chance. You forget you have a camera in your hands. It turns the sometimes tedious practice of photography, in a fun, exciting, and refreshing recreational activity.
I would like to share my most recent photographs from a trip to Ottawa, along with a fellow friend, Alex.
I'm going to leave you with an excellent quote from one of my favourite photography books: "Street Photography Now" by Sophie Howarth and Stephen McLaren.
We are all photographers now
Today's street photographers are living in a digital society in which ideas, images and money move with increasing fluidity across national and cultural boundaries. It is easy to travel between far-flung geographical locations with lightweight, high-quality equipment, instantly uploading and sharing images with an expanding global community via the Internet. The inheritance of past masters and the growing archive of street photography can easily be accessed online. These are exhilarating times. As William A. Ewing, curator of the New York Photo Festival, puts it: 'Everything is changing. How we take photographs, manipulate them, share them, store them - even how we pose for them. Our tools are mutating quickly, promising even faster clearer, brighter, and cheaper pictures. Meanwhile, telephones become cameras, desktop printers morph into mini-printing labs, and high-definition screens threaten to dislodge the venerable photographic print from gallery walls.' For the street-hardened photographer, the sheer ubiquity of cameras in public life creates an aesthetic obstacle. 'It's harder and harder to take a picture without somebody in the picture who's also taking a picture,' says Brooklyn-based photographer Gus Powell. 'We all take pictures now, that's just what we do.'
All photographs © Marc Lafrenière Photography
Another great street photography source is Eric Kim Photography.