I have never posted the series of back & white street photographs before; in fact, I don’t usually do street photograph nor black & white. But recently, I have thought about those concepts a lot. I feel that in order to take a good black & white street photo, I have to carefully observe the world around me. I need to be aware of all the elements that surrounded me, and only if I feel somewhat attached to the ‘scene,’ then I press the shutter. I need to literally look up, look around, and look out for a good moment, as well as look out for the light, the gesture, and the calmness that I feel are the most important components, which make black & white street photos exquisite.
Lately, the world has been void of those awareness & calmness— the kinds that make all of us contemplate and create. Most people are looking down to their phones playing Pokémon GO etc., and are further more ignoring the human connection. Because of that, I fear for the worst that yet to come. I fear for the silent world with hidden dangers. I fear for the world without imagination, and most importantly, I fear for the world without the real communication. That is why the process of taking black & white street photo is so appealing to me right now; it forces me to take in & savor every moment that happening around me— even though I’m doing it through my lens.
I took these photos at Ferry Building Farmers Market last Saturday. Gloomy weather, the light, and the crowd made me press the shutter over and over with those concepts in mind. My favorite photo is the one with a couple sharing food among the crowd. They were wearing sunglasses, but for some reason, I felt their sweet connection, so I pressed the shutter. I hope you like some of the photo in this post. I’m new at this craft, and it will take me a long while to master it. It doesn’t matter because I’m enjoying it. By the way, I have a coming-up post about the market itself, my favorite stalls, and the things you should be doing when you visit— in color, of course.
Until next post, I’m sending hugs to all of you wherever you are.
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