Fine art street photography is a form of photography that captures and shares everyday moments in public spaces. Street photography has been around for some time, but the shift to fine art street photography happened more recently.
In Naples Child ($19.99), Deborah Julian found a perspective that teases the art of community, emphasizing artful balance. A girl wrestles for control of a broom used for street cleaning. Shops line the narrow passage. A mundane scene transforms into an artful expression.
Some other examples of fine art street photography include:
– The work of Lee Jeffries, a photographer who captures the homeless and those living in poverty.
– Street photos from Buenos Aires by Albert Pomije taken between 1937 and 1938.
How the Style Differs
This style is similar to other forms of fine art photography as it focuses on capturing ordinary subjects within everyday life although fine art street photography might focus more specifically on people rather than objects as its subject matter. Fine art street photographers aim to capture human emotions that are universal no matter where you live or your current place in society through their work. They want viewers to see themselves reflected within the images they create so these pieces will always have an emotional connection for each person looking at them regardless of whether there were any cultural differences.
Street photography has been around for quite some time, but the shift to fine art street photography has happened more recently. One way that it differs from routine street photography is by finding beauty in the ordinary; looking at the world through fresh eyes and seeing something worth capturing.
It’s about creating images with an artistic eye, rather than snapping pictures like a tourist would do when they’re on vacation.
Down the Ancient Stairs-Lisbon ($28.00) by Deborah Julian takes viewers to scenes walked hundreds of years ago, but unchanged today.
The fine art street photographer sees the world through a different lens, learning things like light and shadow, creating more artistic images. They’re able to capture moments in time that tell stories or highlight feelings of emotion within their subjects.
What to look for in fine art street photography
When you’re looking at fine art street photography, look for images with blurred backgrounds; interesting compositions; colors that pop against one another; deep shadows creating dramatic shapes on faces (or other elements); reflections catching your eye; symmetry used throughout the image (such as with architecture); movement portrayed by people walking down roads or water flowing along rivers and waterways.
Look for lines leading toward something important within the photograph. That’s the most noticeable first thing when an image pops up on your screen.
Above: Passages ($30) by Deborah Julian. A subway platform transformed by color and context.
There’s no right or wrong answer for what makes fine art street photography stand out from the rest. It can be a mix of all of these things or just a few select elements that make an image special. As long as you feel something when looking at the photograph, then it’s likely fine art street photography in its truest form.
Taking the fine line between art and documentary, Deborah Julian’s street photography is both beautiful and thought-provoking
Based in New York City, she captures scenes of daily life, painting a portrait of he people and places that make city life unique, there and elsewhere.
To see more of Deborah’s work visit: The Fine Art Shop at Assorted Ideas
The beauty of fine art street photography is that you will never be able to see the world in quite the same way again. With a new perspective, we’re more likely to take notice and appreciate things we might have otherwise overlooked.
Fine art street photography also has an interesting history with many different styles and techniques for capturing images on location. And it remains popular today as one of those taboo forms of “art” because it’s still controversial.
What makes this form of photojournalism special? Which famous artist do you think captured some beautiful moments from everyday life at just the right time? You can learn about all these aspects by visiting our website.
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