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Street photography reflects a photographer’s vibrant talent
February 11, 2016, 6:03 pm

The world of street photographers is detailed and impressive, and for those on the scene, they capture life in raw and unique way. 

For street photographers, their subject matter is often based on details found in chance encounters and random accidents within public places. It does not necessary mean they restrict their photographs to street or even the urban environment. Though people are usually featured indirectly, street photography often does not incorporate people and can include objects or environments where the scene is staged or captured in a way a decidedly human character is imparted in the aesthetic of the photograph.

Street Photography can incorporate a range of emotions; beauty, ugliness, humor, and rudeness.  Street Photography can also depict a variety of silhouettes and shapes while also being about faces. The potential of street photography is endless, and the best photographers showcase the most interesting and fascinating details of life around them.

According to how people understand Street Photography, it is many things. Depending on the style of the Photographer, a street photo can showcase his or her viewpoint and their interest in a particular subject manner.  

Today, we are going to present the types of street photography and what defines each type, and through this examination we will better understand the scope that Street Photography covers.

Here's my own little list of different types of street photographers:

1)      Expert - These are street photographers who are very confident and knowledgeable of their niche. They managed to spread the word about street photography through their blogs and videos and organize workshops to teach their methods and styles.

2)      Purist - These are street photographers who set their own rules and guidelines--- no long lens, no rear view photos, homeless, beggars, children images or street portraits and no post processing.

3)      Aggressive - These are street photographers who have no qualms about invading the personal space of people. They poke their cameras in front of your face whenever and wherever they like it

4)      Timid - Timid street photographers prefer not to be seen or visible when on the streets. They are very patient and are willing to wait until that "decisive moment" unfolds before their eyes

5)      Wannabes - Sometimes called beginners, these types of street photographers shoot whatever (with people or without) or wherever (in public or private place) they like. They usually have sophisticated gears but mostly shoot in auto mode.

6)      I-phonist - These street photographers don't want to carry their bulky cameras around. They are more comfortable using their cell phones because they are less noticeable with it when shooting in public place

7)      Fly-by-night street photographers - These are come and go street photographers. They join photographers group in social networking site but don't post so many photos .

If you would like a long and fruitful career as a street photographer, Kuwait might not be the most welcoming place for you to pursue it. Shooting public photos and sharing them online is becoming more and more popular in the Middle Eastern Kuwait, but many practitioners are unaware that the country’s strict cybercrime law could bring down huge fines and even jail time for their snapshots

There are also some ethical debates about people’s privacy in street photography, but based on my experiences shooting street photography, I think the best way to approach someone is openly and honestly.

This means if you take a photo of someone (without permission), you shouldn’t pretend you didn't take the shot. You should approach the person openly and tell them why you took the photo and what you found interesting about them. You then take a potentially negative experience and make it into a positive one and the interaction leaves people feeling good about  themselves and excited over a photograph taken of them.

Also, I would encourage people interested in street photography to take an extraordinary photo of an ordinary person, rather than taking an ordinary photo of an extraordinary person (homeless, street performer, etc).

Prepared and photo shoot by street photographer Mohamad Jawhar 

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