Photo Friday: Going Candid

The Art of Candid Street Portraiture | Crisol Street Photography

Have you ever tried Street photography?

It’s more difficult than you think!

This collection of black and white photos was taken at the Mercado De Motores, a weekend market in the Railway Museum in Delicias, Madrid.

During the day, a challenge had been set by the photography group Crisol Street Photography, I had joined during my stay in Madrid. The founder, Levi Shand, had asked all the members in attendance to think about ’emotion’ whilst taking a shot, so basically shoot street photography whereby the person shows their emotion.

Boy, I was not looking forward to this.

Why?

I just did not like invading people’s spaces when taking photos, it makes me feel really uncomfortable, but then, it’s not a bad thing to get out of your own comfort zone every now and then.

The only way I could approach this challenge was to take photos of people looking away, or people in mirrors or of children playing.

However, there’s one image, and if looks could kill…as they say…this was that occasion.

The young lady in the said shot did not look amused. After the candid photo of her, I approached her and told her that I thought she looked really stylish, (the lady in white) hence the reason for my shot to which she then wore the most beautiful big smile and posed for me…but then that’s not candid….?
What a Twist!
Anyway, here are the results…

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9 comments

  1. Great. Reminds me of my own attempt at it. Nice to know I’m not the only one to find it difficult! Great images too. You’ve inspired me to have another go, thanks.

    1. I’m glad to hear it!
      I’m the person that hides behind trees and walls or an obstacle so they can’t see me for a candid shot, and it helps when you’re with a crowd of photographers too.

  2. Shots 5, 6 and 7 are the best. I’d say it’s a good start. Keep going.

    Although it’s your shyness and fear of violating someone’s privacy why you had a tendency to shoot the backs of people, it technically is not a bad thing. There are times in street photography when it is necessary to deliberately shoot this way. You create or capture more meaning from a moment.

    Here’s the outline of one of my SP projects:
    https://hammerhomestreetphotography.wordpress.com/project-outline-sub-hierarchical/

    It’s a long read but an expansion on what I mean.

  3. Hey, you have a few good ones here and you should be proud of yourself! I think #4 is the best … good framing and seems like there is a story in the picture. I’m super shy (and bad) with street photography.

    1. Thanks for the visit…yeh, I do get nervous but if I’m on a photowalk with other photogs I hide behind them…haha…I sometimes use my iPhone as discreetly as possible, just to learn how to be a street photog, and end up taking reflection shots in windows or any reflective surface…my Instagram has some crazy shots of this…haha

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