Spain and France 2016

The Streets of Aix

Experimenting with street photography in Aix-en-Provence

One of the genres of photography that has always fascinated me is street photography. Street photography done well tells a story, street photography done bad…well, that’s just someone taking a snapshot, cropping it to 1:1 format and converting it to black and white. I would prefer to be the former, but more often than not probably end up in the latter category.

One of the things that excited me about utilizing the Fuji X-T1 was its small size, which makes you blend in a little bit more as compared to carrying around the huge DSLR with corresponding look at me huge lens. It’s also significantly less intimidating to people you may be photographing as compared to pointing a giant camera and lens at them.

During our visit to Aix-en-Provence we spent a lot of time walking through markets and sitting in corner cafés, giving me the perfect opportunity to try and capture the various stories that surrounded us.

The sad looking street performer, the young woman on her phone…who was she waiting for, the father with his young son, would he buy the toy in the window?

The experience was significantly different than my street photography in India, where a good portion of what I captured was in a moving (moving being a relative term in the crowded streets of India) car and it was more reactionary. Sitting in the café gave me an opportunity to watch the locals around me and compose my photographs. Rather than it being a buffer between the chaos and noise that surrounded me, it allowed me to become part of what was around me, to experience rather than just witness.

Later on during our trip we decided to take a photo walking tour, which turned out to be a wonderful street photography learning opportunity, a genre I definitely plan on exploring more.

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