Street Photography Portfolio

These 5 photos below were taken at a traditional Chinese Hutong from a field trip. The theme of the photographs were China’s past, present, and future. We took about 200 photos and among those pictures, these five are the best photos that convey the main theme.

Title: Walking in a Hutong

This photo was my favorite photo. I chose this as my final 5, because of the diverse times the picture conveys. For example, the group gathered around in the center of the photo depicts the China’s past as people usually gathered together with neighbors considering them as a very close person. The ‘gathering’ reminded me of how people all knew each others names during the olden times where the villages were very small. People gather around to talk about their current issues or any other topic. However, following the rule of thirds, the man on the left side of the photo reminded me of present China. The modern fashion the man is wearing shows that there was an influence in China where new products or materials have impacted people’s everyday lives. The formal outfit looks like the man is working in a more recent constructed company than the gathered people in the center. Modern people that live in China, all have their own modern clothing which symbolizes the current people’s lives.

Some technical skills that can be interpreted are the rule of thirds, parallel structures, and facial expression. I tried to place the man on the left side of the photograph, because I liked how the comparison of two different times of living were shown. If the photo was split into three lines, the man would be considered as a left placement and the gathered people in the center. Furthermore, the road in the photo reminded me of a slight parallel structure. The road is headed from the bottom of the photo to the left side of the photo. This brings the attention to the viewers that the meaning I wanted to establish was heading towards the middle left side of the photo. Next, the facial expression of the man looks very serious and can cause the audience to question themselves: “what is the man thinking?”. One of my goals in the ‘Hutong Day Plan of Action’ was to get facial expression involved in the photo. That is why I thought I managed to successfully get this photo.

I felt like having the blue containers and people at the upper left side of the photo could have been taken out. I thought that it only distracted the audience’s view. If I had a another chance of taking this photo, I would have tried to change the angle and have only the gathered people and the man.

During the process of taking this photo, I heard that the gathered people did not want to be taken photos. However, I was very lucky that I took the photo first, and then heard that news.

Title: Deep Thoughts

I took this photo just before we were crossing a road to the river side of the Hutong. I preferred this photo, because the photo established the theme of China’s present times. The person in the photo is a girl. She looks like she is located in a bit lower generation of China. This photo gave me the impression that younger generations of China have their own ways of satisfying their lives or hobbies. This girl seems like she likes to read books and just think about something out in the sun. The fences that are in front of the girl have traditional Chinese patterns which also links to China’s past.

The technical skills in this photo was what I liked the most. In the photo, we have one bench starting from the left side of the photo to the center. On the other side, there is another object that holds the plant which also has a similar size like the bench. This started from the right side of the photo to the center. However, those two objects do not meet each other, but centers the girl in the photo. The girl can be recognized as the main character or thing to focus on in the photo, because the audience’s eye is following the structure of centralization. The color also gives a contrast of the girl that is different to the Chinese culture. The color pink differentiates the girl from the setting. Pink is not a focused traditional color China has. This provokes the girl’s influence from other places that makes her wear different clothing.

I could have done a better job by not showing the bricks on the other side of the river. I thought that cutting off the photo only to the river would have provided a cleaner view for the audience.

When I was taking this photo, our class was moving fairly fast and it was a transition time. Which meant that I had to quickly take this shot and keep on moving to our next destination. Despite the quick shot, I thought that this picture was well taken.

Title: Magnificent Drawer

I chose this photo in the final 5, because of the easily identifiable theme. I thought that the picture that can be easily noticed by the audience for the theme of China’s past and present was this photo. The young man is drawing an old architecture that is in front of him. In his right, there is a chair that looks somewhat past. The young man also has earphones directly symbolizing the modernness of younger generations of China. His clothing does not look traditional, but rather looks like he was greatly influenced from other country’s styles. He looks very focused and gives the audience the impression of the young man’s hobby is drawing.

Some technical skill was the intersecting lines that would continue on throughout the picture. It utilized the meaning of having the audience’s attention on the young man.

However, I thought that many parts of this photo should have been fixed. The paper that he is drawing on, was not clear. The audience cannot see clearly what he was drawing. I should have took the picture of the architect that was in front of him with him. That way, the audience can feel a greater sense of China’s past. Additionally, the lines of fences at the back should have been taken with the other side too. So the two fences on each edge of the street should have shown a parallel structure to make this photo even better.

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I chose this photo as it showed various generations inside China. The old man at the back with a blue shirt was dancing which shows older generations enjoying their lives. However, the younger generations located in the left side of the photograph also looks like they are having fun in their Hutong. Their parents are using mobile phones which symbolizes the modern aspect of China. All three generations enjoy their lives in China as they want to. Their modern lives look satisfied.

Some technical skills used in this photo is the distance between each person. The age of the people are shown from youngest to oldest in a chronological order. This can be a relatable aspect between the two ideas. Furthermore, the parallel pillars at the middle right side of the photograph captures the audience’s eye to look less empty in the photo.

However, I think that this photo needs a lot of improvement. I focused on the theme for this assignment, but I also should have thought that the pictures should be a little more carefully taken. If I changed the angle and positioning of the camera, I would have been able to capture the exact moment where the child, parent, and the old man could be shown.

When I was taking this photo, the young girl in the left side of the photo looked very excited. I wanted to catch her feelings through her expressions, and luckily, I was able to get her arms straight up looking like she was very happy.

Title: Empty

This photo greatly symbolized the theme of China’s past and present. I did not just take the man by himself individually, because I wanted to include the empty chairs beside him. Like the first picture, older generations like the man above, are usually influenced from the old times where people would gather and talk about different things. However, not only the man was by himself for a long time, but the old generation was holding an electronic device which linked the modern parts of China with the past.

Some technical skills was the lining of the seats where it they were positioned to have the audience’s attention on the man. The rule of thirds also applied, as he was put in the left side of the photo.

One thing I could have done was to take a close up of the man and then compare that photo to this, so that I can compare and figure out what actually better fits the theme.

During the process of taking this photo, I tried several angles and positions to the point where it looked like I was bothering him a little bit. That made me to finish taking his photo and use this as my best fit photo.

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Hutong Photo Day Plan of Action

1. What photographer inspires you the most?

  • Garry Winogrand (An American Street Photographer, usually took photos in California and Texas)
  • Walker Evans (An American Photographer, well-known for his pictures during the Great Depression)

2. What is it about their photos that you like?

Garry Winogrand: As said in the last blog post, Winogrand’s usage of angles in the picture make the whole mood of the picture change. Furthermore, he uses people with the addition of his technical skills to capture the exact moment.

Walker Evans: Evans usage of eye contact inspired me the most as it could be a challenge for me to take pictures with eye contact. The facial expression can establish a wider range of ideas too.

3. Post some examples and plan out how you will adopt this style?

Following the techniques or methods given on DX, I would like to further expand my limitation to take pictures that involve eye contacts. Showing certain expressions or mood such as miserableness, happiness, joyfulness, sadness, and diverse feelings through a person’s eye can bring an impact to the audience. The eye contact is a powerful tool, yet I would need challenge myself on asking the person or just by quick movements. I would keep in mind that the scene in street photography always changes and I would need be quick in speed. Additionally, using some black and white filtering can also make my pictures even stronger. Conveying my street photographs in a different perspective can be useful, as it delivers certain aspects in a different way. For example, using black and white filtering in a picture that does not have much color, can also bring simple influence for the audience.

4. What do you hope to accomplish for tomorrow?

I would hope to have at least one fourth of all pictures with eye contact from the main character in the picture, use black and white filtering successfully, and use different angles when taking pictures.

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Photographer Garry Winogrand Research

Garry Winogrand is an American Street Photographer in the mid-20th century. He mainly photographed in California and Texas.

One of his common technique to take street photography is to capture images in black and white. This color looks more urban and conveys the meaning of “lively”. There isn’t only one person in the picture. Instead, the background makes the focus of the main character look even more alive. Without the use of colors, Winogrand expresses his artistic views through diverse angles, interesting settings that tell a story, and making the scene look alive.

This picture delineates the perfect use of background to focus the main person. Using the rule of thirds, the person is centered and the audience can notice this by having every other people’s facial expression and perspective somewhere else. The viewpoint of the man on the right looks like he is focusing on something else, which elaborates the main person as the person in the center.

Most importantly, Winogrand uses people to deliver is point of view to the audience. If the picture looks boring, he uses angles and changes the location of the camera to show the audience an unique way.

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5 Street Photography Photos

 

This photograph was the best picture taken in the Park across ISB. To start off, the rule of thirds could be seen. The man on the bicycle is located on the left side of the picture. This formation makes the picture more engaging for the audience, because if the man was centered, it would just look normal. Furthermore, the two lines on the fence is symbolizing parallelism to convey the meaning that there would be a continuous journey for the man. The ground also has a line that is stretched endlessly. The background of the photo was green bushes that made the focus of the audience to look at the man instead of having too much focus on the background. Additionally, I think that the color of the bicycle is interesting. The color, pink, is contrasting the rest of the photo’s natural colors such as green and brown. Overall, I think this was the best picture.

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Urban Street Photographer: Anthony Danielle

Anthony Danielle is an urban street photographer. His style contains the person with the main focus to hold a certain object that might symbolize their daily lives. Usually, other than the main focused person, there will be a few people at the back just walking along the street.

The technical style of parallelism can be identified easily in Anthony Danielle’s photos. The buildings in the streets are spread across the street. The buildings are usually placed at the sides of the picture. Nothing special was added to create something special, which makes the viewers feel a sense of daily lives.

https://photolemur.com/blog/interview-anthony-danielle

Above is the site where Anthony Danielle interviewed about his photography.

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Dragon’s Eye

Title: Blossom Blues

Author: Elicia Bullock

I saw this picture at the display in front of the cafeteria. The picture connects to me by the colors used in the picture. I enjoy taking pictures that involve a lot of colors in one picture. This picture was entertaining by using colors such as blue, green, sky blue, pink, brown, etc. Although the picture involved nature that I was not interested, the artistic skill used in the photograph was fascinating. The very clear water and the merging with the clouds and flowers beside it, made the photograph to look very artistic. The out-focusing in the photo, where the blurred bushes were at the back, were some technical skills that I really liked to try when taking photos. The rule of thirds was being used. The water or the lake covers up two thirds of the picture and some flowers and tree branches intervene at some points. Both the artistic skill and technical skill made this picture look even more lively. It made the viewer’s attention to look closer and be engaged.

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Street Photography Day #1

On April 12th, our class went to take street photography in a park across the school. The intention was to take pictures of how people, buildings, and other street related objects would be set on a daily basis. Some people were enjoying shows inside the park, some went out to walk along, and some took pictures of beautiful flowers within the park. I mostly took pictures of flowers and the design inside the park, because that held my interest the most.

This photo is a red flower behind the background of the sky. I liked this photo by the color, texture, and the use of background in the image. To be specific, this photo was taken in an angle where the camera was facing upwards to the sky. I intentionally included the electric lines at the back, because I wanted to show the relation of nature and modern streets. Some highlights were that the red flower was clear and the out-focusing was used as I wanted it to look like. I learned that it is very hard to converge two separate themes together in one photo. Furthermore, next time, I think I would need to show a different background to show the ‘modern’ theme. There were several apartments that could’ve been shown too.

This photo is a picture of a few apartments behind the park. I liked this photo, because of the parallel structure and the unique angle. I changed the angle of the camera to match the horizontal line of the picture at the top. I thought that this would be more interesting instead of just taking an apartment picture. Some highlights were the moderate use of lighting. In the picture it was not shown, but there was the sun facing the camera, consequently making the picture look dark. I successfully managed to escape from the sun. Through this photo, I learned that there can be different ways to make a photo that look boring, interesting. Next time, I think I can work more on involving different objects inside the photo do not just only have apartments.

This photo was the name or symbolism for the building and the park across the school. The photo had the rock in the middle and few apartments at the back. I think that the highlight was to have the rock centered in the photo. I personally think that this photo did not show the urban or street photography in daily life. Next time, I think it would be more effective to include diverse topics inside the photo.

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Create and Improve #3

Day 5:

The first prototype was experimented. However, the energy potential car was spinning in circles which wasn’t my expectation.

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The above movie shows the car spinning in circles.

I decided to change the length of the rubber band to change the amount of rotations/spins it can do. 

During the process:

 

By changing the length, I then used the same steps to build up the energy potential car and ended up with this: 

After making a few changes, I re-experimented my prototype which was a success. The energy potential car moved forwards in a steady position which was my expectation. By having the wooden stick spinning, it would have the rubber band to curl around and create elastic energy. As soon as I let go of the car, it would start moving forwards using kinetic energy. This shows the energy transfer of elastic energy to kinetic energy.

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The above movie shows the car going in a straight direction.

 

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Create and Improve #2

Day 4:

I finalized by 1st prototype which was an energy potential car. The materials included rubber band (7 cm), 2 CD disk (radius 6 cm), long wooden stick (9.3 cm), short wooden stick (3.3 cm), and 2 pieces of cardboard (11 cm by 5 cm).

The way the car works is by spinning the wooden stick in one direction so that the rubber band is going to be tied between the two CD disks which creates elastic energy. When released on the ground after spinning the wooden stick, the car will transfer elastic energy to a kinetic energy having the car to move in a certain direction.

 

My intended scenario was to have the energy potential car to move forwards after spinning the wooden stick in one direction. However, the energy potential car was spinning in circles which meant that there was a significant problem during the process of making the car. Next class, I would need experiment with different dimensions or resources of materials that can help the energy potential car to move forwards.

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Create and Improve

Plan

Day 3: Finalize sketch and plan, start making energy potential car

Day 4: Finalize energy potential car, evaluate and think of rooms for improvement

Day 5: Start making improved energy potential car (adding improvements)

Day 6: Finish all cars and fixed car

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