Being scared of street photography - What to do?

Street photography. It’s scary. Let’s all be honest. Sticking a camera in stranger’s faces is scary. This post isn’t going to tell you how it won't be scary because I at least still find it scary, and probably always will, yet these might stop you from having the feeling that you are going to get punched.

 

Shot from the hip

Shoot from the hip/chest

When doing this, yes; especially from the chest people still notice the camera, but normally they aren’t gonna shout at you; cause as such there isn’t any evidence that you were photographing them.
You miss shots, obviously yet one does learn. One gets a feel for when to press the shutter and how to aim.
Yet, be aware you’ll always miss shots doing this. I do too.

Stand Still

If you stand still, when you see an interesting person heading your way you can point the camera down the street until he/she walks through the lens.
Thereby he/she won’t automatically feel captured.

 

Small Camera, Small lense.

I used to shoot with my Nikon D4s with a 24-70mm. Now while I am typing it, it sounds so dumb. But, I didn’t know better, nor did I own any other camera.
It is crucial to limit yourself to a small body and lens, it is nowhere near as conspicuous making yourself more invisible.


The small lens is to limit yourself. To force you to get up close and personal, and not stand from a distance; sometimes shooting at 24mm and sometimes at 70mm if they are too far away. Get up to them, and take the shot.
Now I use my Leica X (Typ 113) with the 35mm.

 

Times Square, 2016

Brandenburg Gate, London Eye, Times Square

Start here. Start in your city, in the location with the largest number of people and cameras. Normally these are tourist landmarks. Here, you’ll blend in, being just another tourist with a handheld camera. People won’t feel offended, nor will they probably notice the fact that it’s them your photographing. It gives you ample amount of time to practice and train your eye.

 

Walk, just walk

Just walk, keep walking through your streets. Whether that be the 1km2 where you live, or whether it be the tourist location closest to you. Just walk, and do this as often as possible. I attempt to walk through the streets, busy ones, at least twice a week. Not to have a stroll, but to take street photography. It really challenges you, because it isn’t an inspirational place (as you know it); one has the pressure to go out and capture.

Learn from my mistakes. How to make sure you have a story.

A photographic documentary series tells a story, sheds light on an idea or concept. Yet crucially, it has to tell the story without a 10,000-word essay next to the shots, actually explaining it. 

I mean this is easy, at least that’s what I had thought when travelling to Palestine. Capture every moment, capture a selection of opening shots be that landscapes or city views as well as a moment or two of unusual shots as a filler if necessary.
So that’s what I did.

This shot of Shaban praying under the shade of a tree, sadly didn't make it into the series as it didn't align with the story; yet I still love it.

Came back and my god it was a struggle. I was missing shots, I hadn’t got a clear story already built up and both Katrin Thomas (my mentor overlooking this project) and I weren’t sure whether or not it would be possible to create a story. Through building a concept mentally the selection process started, sorting through a total of 78 selected photographs out of 650 taken shots. At the end of the day, over a period of 6 weeks, we ended up with a series including 27 photographs which do tell a story.

Sadly, in my highly critical view of myself it definitely could have been better, and a clearer, more enticing story than that of which I have now created. There is a storyline yet it is simplistic and not all too imaginative.

Thereby through my mistakes, these are what I have learned and will do in future in order to create better stories each and every time in future.

Things to do so you wont end up in a mess, similar to mine.

Plan ahead

-        Do your research.

 This, however, did make it into the final series.

This, however, did make it into the final series.

-        Know what you are getting yourself into.

-        Build your story.

-        Figure out the approx. shots that you need.

 

When you are there

-        Is your story going a different direction?

         o   Stay in the hotel, work out how to change it.

         o   Build that extra topic into the story.

         o   DON’T JUST IGNORE IT

-        Edit the series in the sections of story needed, thereby one can clearly see 24/7 what is missing.


The final series will be uploaded onto jackmawbey.com soon, so make sure to subscribe to the newsletter and my social media handles to guarantee that you'll be able to see it.

You need to print out your photos!

Katrin Thomas always says that she can’t see nor judge a photo correctly until she holds it in her hand. It doesn’t have to be a high-quality expensive print, it can be printed on copy paper but nonetheless, it has got to be printed.

Katrin Thomas is a professor at my university, and a dear friend. She speaks out of 25+ years of experience as a practicing photographer and lecturer. During the first courses that she held, I hadn’t clearly understood why we needed to spend the money on prints, rather than just looking through the beamer or laptop screen. Digitally they can change, you can edit directly and most importantly as a student, you save money.

Yet I have learned to understand that the photo comes to life when printed. It’s something to hold on to, something to grasp and envision yourself throughout as long a time as you want to take. Not only is it more beautiful to see one's photo printed, it also gives a feeling of accomplishment as one can take hold of something that one has actually done.

The ease it adds once selecting and editing a series is gigantic. Having actual hard proofs of photos, being able to alter and replace shots within seconds and clearly being able to adjust and edit the series.
I am not making the case that each and every photo has gotten to be printed; I mean I’ve made the case to never delete a singular shot, so these clearly can’t all be put down into hard copy.  Yet when actively selecting photos for publishing etc. it can clearly make life simpler and smoother when going through the editing process.

So quick recap, what’s the lesson. Just like the last post, I’ll end with a demand. Last week it was to never delete photos, and now secondly try to print out photos minimum once a month, select your favourites, those that you think will work, and things you think won’t. Then print them, and try it out.

I never delete photos. Here is why you shouldn't either.

One could argue that the standard editing process is made up of importing the images, then selecting the ones that actual look decent, and then last but not least deleting the rest of them.

Yet for the last 4 years, I haven’t been doing the last step, saving up terabytes of data on a variety of expensive hard drives, yet for what reason? It’s pointless, isn’t it? Well no. At least in my opinion.

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Personally if after a day of shooting I have taken 300 shots, if 30 of those are worth posting (which isn’t exactly the highest of standards) then it has been a successful day. So why keep the other 270 raw files, which just clog all the highly valuable memory. Well it’s a memory, whether it’s a street photo where you missed the target completely because you were shooting from the hip, or a portrait that just didn’t work because both of you couldn’t pull themselves together and stop laughing. Yet looking back, even after 2-3 years they still bring a slight smile to my face, which genuinely is valuable.

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Most importantly though is the fact that one always finds new photos, that after some experience might actually work. For ex. out of the last 3 months, which is approx. 90 Instagram photos, 10 of those have been older photos, which weren’t taken 1 or 2 days before posting. That’s a ratio of more than 10%, which are photos that I’ve rediscovered through a new set of eyes. It truly is highly rewarding to find a new photo in a folder from 2015. It’s a confidence boost, proving to oneself that one wasn’t that awful 2 years ago like one actually thought.

Similarly to the last point, as a photographer one never knows what the next project might be or turn into. Who knows if 5 years after the shot was taken, it might be the missing key piece to a series.

The struggle with deleting photos is one is deleting a piece of work, because one at that present second doesn’t think it’s good enough, this split second decision which has permanent consequences indefinitely.

The 4th Semester of my BA Photography

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This new semester, Germany’s educational structure consists of 2 yearly semesters (just a quick FYI). My Art and Design University has merged with a Business University created the newly formed UE. Thankfully despite a large amount of curricula changes, as well as faculty changes I, personally won’t be affected to a large extent. This is due to the fact that I worked a great deal extra throughout the first 3 semesters average 40 ECTS rather than the necessary 28.

Thanks to working ahead, and completing courses a few semesters earlier than necessary, I now only have to complete 2 courses over the next 6 months. This gives me the possibility which I had hoped for It allows me to focus on this very blog, building a portfolio in photojournalism while also doing odd jobs to give me the option of saving some money.

The 2 courses that will completely consist of a documentary photography course, which is quite clearly something that I’m passionate about, so you can be expecting a series from that course.
The second course is named Editorial and Corporate photography, which focuses on the theory and conversation about how to deal with book publishers and the history of photo books. The second half of this course will be dedicated to a fashion series which we as students have to create, with our own models, stylists etc. This will be a highly interesting experience because of the fact that I haven’t tried my hand in fashion photography nor have a great aspect behind the photographic aspect of fashion. However, as it is a crucial part of passing this course, I will have to create this series, and will be giving it my best shot, while hopefully making it clear that it is me who is the photographer.
One thing I can however guarantee is that there won’t be a great deal of photoshop nor manipulation as this is a major reason that I don’t enjoy fashion photography.

The saved money should be able to allow me to travel and capture more of the world. This gives me the opportunity to build my portfolio and try out the genre of so-called ‘lifestyle photography’.

Next semester, starting in April will be the Internship Semester, where I’ll be working in a company hopefully within the creative industries whether it be as a photographer, or creative director, or social media marketer. This will be my first glance at the corporate world behind the creatives.

My Second Trip to Palestine

The 15th of August to the 2nd of September 2017 was spent in Hebron, Palestine. This was my second trip to this city after spending ten days there back in November 2016. This trip was meant to be a continuation of my documentary series “The Shoe Factories of Hebron”, however, due to the friendships which I had built throughout the last 10 days made it difficult at times to focus on the photography and not the people that wanted to spend time with me.

The first few days were simply spent with the people that I hadn’t seen in 9 months. Talking to them, telling each other stories and discussing this that had happened to one another over the past time. The time was fun and rather enjoyable.
Smoking lots of hookah, drinking lots of tea, eating lots of chicken and falafel was a great time. (Being honest, I continued doing all those things throughout the 18 days).

The third days was spent exploring and climbing (in 34 degrees shade) the mountains and valleys surrounding the city of Hebron. Muhammad and Safwat took me on a drive throughout all of these landscapes with the opportunity of taking a vast amount of photos (only with my phone, didn’t take the camera by mistake). It truly was incredible experience with beautiful scenery.

The Dead Sea was something which I had always wanted to see and visit. Throughout the drive one travels from +1800m above sea level down to -400m below sea level. This is truly a bizarre feeling on one’s head. One feels this constant pressure around and in the head, and one can truly feel the weight of air. It  was a fun day trip, which continued for around 12 hours as the journey is 2 and a half hours.

The first factory visit was on Day 5, visiting a shoe factory similar to the ones visited back in Nov. 2016. It was a struggle to get in as various factories were closing down, or shut over the holidays which is why I struggled with finding them.

So Day 5 was really valuable to me, as it showed me that it still was possible to create a series aimed at capturing the shoe factories of Hebron, Palestine.

A lot of days were spent working from the hotel room, as Shaban didn't feel great for a few days, meaning he stayed at home practicing additional days of Ramadan. The evenings of the free days, were then spent as every night in the playstation 'bar' which is run by Yazeed.

 

The 3000 year old historic centre is a truly stunning area which really features true beauty and history within one very small district. With its thin alleyways and narrow roads it offers truly photographic dreams, with such vivid contrasts.

The true problems though are the fact that despite the true stunninng beauty; the conflict between Israel and Palestine is more prevalent here than anywhere else. Settlers live above the Palestinian run roads, throwing garbage down onto the streets. Soldiers of both countries are stationed throughout protected each area, with Israeli flag located throughout the roofs demonstrating their position within this area.

On the last day, Sep.1 it was the start of the annual festival of Hajj, The same festival which draws in over 3 million muslims to Mecca and is celebrated across the muslim world simultaneously. I was there to witness the sacrifice of 2 lambs which Shaban sacrificed for the birth of his new born son as well as a variety of other sacrificed lambs by other people throughout the city of Hebron. 

The experience was truly interesting seeing the culture and how they truly believe in this sacrifice. Admittedly it was, to a degree hard to watch as it was 8am and blood and guts are truly never pleasant, yet it was an experience which I won't forget anytime soon.

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Travelling back to Israel on saturday was a breeze, with there being no queues at the border control providing very swift travel back to Ben Gurion Airport. After that is where it went downhill. 
First off, what needs to say beforehand is that I had paid for the so called "VIP Service" at the airport which normally reduces the security process from an average of 4 hours to 30 minutes. 
With the first control, before checking in the luggage I was questioned by a security member and two security supervisors. Why Palestine? Why not Israel? Why do I hate Israel etc etc. After finishing that 40 minutes of questions I was allowed to continue.
It was the security checks, where it all went downhill. After having as per usual had all my camera gear and laptop individually screened, they then took all my camera gear and laptop away for a total of 90 minutes, while doing this they X rayed me, patted me down twice and continued to ask me questions; normally however, always the same questions as were asked before. After all this time had passed, they needed me to prove to them that all camera gear was actually functioning camera gear, rather than weapons; despite the unexplained search that they had been running for the past hour and half. 
Then I again got questioned by yet another security supervisor asking me who my friend was and how long I had known them. "My friend" being the woman who helped me through the security through this VIP Service. So I clearly answered no she's not a friend and I have known her for the past 2 hours and that's all. So, they expressed their opinion that I must have contacted her to smuggle me through security to get contraband through.

Then on the flight back to Berlin, once they had let me go, a Israeli Air Marshal stood in my aisle for the journey of the flight casually staring at me for the entire ride.

Now my question being "Does security like this and interrogations as such when this happens to photojournalists (I could prove that I was working on the project) undermine the freedom of press and block news from leaving?" I am intrigued to know what you think, and I'll be writing another blog post on this topic too.

 

 

Day 11 - The 3000 Year old Centre of Hebron

 The Abraham Mosque

The Abraham Mosque

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 Renovations funded by EU programs

Renovations funded by EU programs

 The Settlers throw rubbish down onto the Palestinians streets, so the Palestinian government has to build nets to prevent people getting injured.

The Settlers throw rubbish down onto the Palestinians streets, so the Palestinian government has to build nets to prevent people getting injured.

The most inner and historic centre of Hebron is 3000 years old. It is truly beautiful with narrow alleyways and tunnels connecting each and every courtyard. The whole area is truly stunning.

Yet there is a downside. Shaban used to live in this area, however, he hasn't been to this area for the last 10 years at all. Not once. He only came here today, to show me around.
So why? Why hasn't he been there? Well quite simply put, because of the Israelis.Spread throughout a vast array of Hebron are settlements especially within the centre, the most historic and beautiful part of this city. This makes him and all Palestinians very uncomfortable as they can really feel the impact that the Israelis are having on their life. The centre is deserted, a few shops are open selling tourist souvenirs and that is all.

Adding to an even larger degree why Palestinians feel uncomfortable around the centre is that it is there that the Abraham Mosque is located deep within this very centre. 
It is here where the Israeli soldier committed the attack that killed 30 people and injured over 120. Still, to this day, the soldiers control the mosque and the surrounding settled areas.
 

The entire area is absolutely stunning, but sadly so very deserted and lifeless because of how very scared they are. It truly does once again highlight the continuation of the conflict even though it is subdued in the general media at the moment.

Day 8 - Nablus and a Printing and Graphic Design Company

To start of with, this has been the first post in the last 3 days. Before that, there hadn't been much to report. A lot of travelling and visiting clients, however not much photographically appealing. 
However today was quite the opposite. A 300km drive to Nablus and back as well as visiting another company provided quite the long day. 

This factory, pictured in the gallery below is the largest designer and printer of billboards throughout the Hebron region, using heavy duty machines which can print up to 1200 sqm per hour. They also print and produce national and international campaigns for large multinational companies. 
Their speciality is printing on a variety of objects including raw wood, glass, boxes, textiles, labels, canvases and a variety of others; doing this they use some of the most modern machines capable of the very best quality.

The journey from Hebron to Nablus is approx 150km each way, meaning roundabout an 1:30 each way, leaving plenty of type for my new favourite thing, shooting photos out the window.
It sounds bizarre, but I have been doing it alot lately, and I truly enjoy attempting to get a shot despite the speed and the quick passing moment.
 

As such, we didn't stop in Nablus for longer than 5min, but it was a beautiful drive, down to the dead sea and then up again, causing your ears to pop various times as one travels from +1000m sea level to -400m and back up. Nablus is similar to Hebron, a city placed in a vast array of valleys and mountains leaving room for plenty of spectacular views.

Fourth and Fifth Day

It is an hour and a half drive from Hebron to the Dead Sea. Along the drive was presented with a vast amount of stunning countryside and scenery. Plenty of time to take some more photos and see even more sides to this country. 

The time at the dead sea was incredible and completely surreal. The floating isn't only when you lie on your back as in the various photos that everyone has seen previously. The second you bend your knees in the water, your entire body floats upwards; it's bizarre. We three also had a traditional mud bath, which included pictures, but they truly don't need sharing with the world. Trust me.

Today, Sunday; is the first day of the working week. I had the opportunity to visit my first factory of this trip, which I am greatly excited about as it shows that there is a chance that I can continue the project after all. 
I also had the opportunity of having lunch and a long chat with the owner of the factory, who also happened to study in England; meaning he had truly impeccable English. It was a really successful day which hopefully marks a starting point to the continuation of this ongoing project.
 

Third Day - Mountains and Valleys

In Palestine just like the majority of the middle east, Friday and Saturday is the weekend, not Saturday and Sunday. Also, Friday is the major prayer day in the Islamic World, which is why the day started late at 1330.

Muhammad and Safwat took me on a drive throughout the villages and mountains around Hebron. Hebron is located 1800m above sea level, and the lowest point we reached on our drive was 15m. This shows clearly the depths of the valleys surrounding the region. 
One of which has an incredible property similar to the "Gravity Hill" in Scotland. It was truly bizarre, one was clearly going on a downhill slope, however, when putting the car in neutral it rolls back up the hill; it is truly incredible.

While climbing throughout the hills and valleys I had the opportunity to capture some incredible landscapes (but only with my phone; didn't know I'd need my camera).

During another hookah Shaban and I had a rather in-depth and personal discussion about  the conflict and the continuing hostility between the two countries. One could clearly tell that he was simply dissapointed and had lost the majority of hope that either country would actually find to one another and negotiate a formal agreement.


Tomorrow is the day that I will be travelling to Jericho and the dead sea, so you can most definetly expect some photos!

Second Day - Looking out of the window

The day started off relatively late, with me staying in the hotel to continue on highly interesting university paperwork that needed to be done.
Afterwards, we continued in visiting a variety of Shaban's friends and clients.
 

Spontaneously Shaban then had the idea of driving up to Bethlehem to go to a famous restaurant where all the served was grilled chicken. I have to admit I can understand why it is famous. (damn good chicken).
Continuing back towards Hebron, Shaban spotted a vast valley with little dirt roads going through out them. He decided that we should explore and that it would be a great opportunity for photos, and it truly was. One has already been posted on my Instagram and there is a gallery of shots further down in this post.

Seeing the border wall from a distance was rather humbling as it really showed the scale, with one being able to see it on the horizon. 

Throughout the day, I have been working and developing ideas for the planned project now I recon I have a chance of continuing the series after all; so we'll see how it continues. Obviously, I will keep all of you updated as soon as possible.
I have also decided to work on a type of short film, using a variety of sound tracks, time-lapses and stills.
Saturday will be the day on which we will start traveling to Jericho and then onwards to the dead sea. 

My Newest Plans - Keeping you Updated

For the last few months I have been stuck in Berlin, working an inordinate amount to finish of my third semester of my seven semester BA of Photography. Now, on July 14th I will have finished and will be travelling to Lisbon, Portugal for a huge relax. I am greatly familiar with the city and the style, however I will be doing my best to get lots of street photography and shots which I hadn’t before focused on. However, especially I see a great possibility in street photography throughout Lisbon. A synopsis of these photos will then also be uploaded as a blog post; in addition to the multitude of posts on my Instagram account throughout those two weeks.

Continuing on from those travels, I will be embarking on my second trip to Palestine on August 15th. Here I will be continuing the documentary series, “The Shoe Factories of Hebron” with a total of three weeks spent there, with all the people that I have met to date. Throughout the 18 days, that I’ll be based there, I am also hoping on getting out a blog post every second day, or if possible even daily; like I had done the last time. I am aiming to continue the series, however mainly focusing on portraits depicting the workers this time, rather than just the factories. Hereby the story being told should become more personal and tangible.

After those three weeks, I am then hoping to have completed the selection and editing process by the end of September to then publish and show all of you.

I failed, as does everyone.

Failing, is a part of everyone’s career especially a creative’s career. However it can bring you down, and it can also cause one to doubt.

When I embarked on my journey to Palestine, I had high hopes, while simultaneously being terribly nervous. I had never been to a place like Palestine, I didn’t speak Arabic and I didn’t know anyone there. Yet I was ambitious and determined to get the shots that I needed/wanted to be able to tell the story. The story being, “The Shoe Factories of Hebron, Palestine”. It was a side to a Country, which was known only for conflict, and never before for shoe factories. It was a topic and concept till then unexplored and filled with potential.

So I went, met people, made a vast array of mistakes and left. I had got shots, lots of shots and I was momentarily happy and proud of myself. I had managed to capture what I wanted. Despite the problems that I encountered I also encountered so much love, enthusiasm and general admiration for the place and people I met on the way.

I returned to Germany, full of adrenaline, even more ambitious than before. An author contacted me, offering and wanting to write a piece about my series. I was delighted, I truly was. We spent 2 months, discussing, skyping and writing back and forth. Yet to no avail, no avail at all. Every editor, publisher and publication rejected the article and the story. After writing to 10s of magazines etc, there was no shot. Not one single shot. I had failed, truly failed. My first and most ambitious story to date, was a failure. No one cared about it, and no one was interested. It was a huge blow, and terribly frustrating. I am a person with (as many people say) way too high ambitions and goals and this time; I wasn’t even slightly able to achieve them.

Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.
— unknown

Now looking back, I aren’t happy with my photos either, I capture the place, I wrote in depth and honest posts every single day of my journey (those I am still proud of) yet I didn’t do what I set out to do. I didn’t tell their story, I didn’t tell the story of the workers. I had failed, and that is still the opinion I have.

However, now it’s 2017 and I have decided to reembark on the journey for 3 weeks in August. Now that I had made contact with people, they know me, my Arabic is improving, I am generally more experienced and I myself know what I feel is missing; I stand a chance. Am I as ambitious as last time? No, more so. This is my shot, at proving to myself that there is a chance of success; nothing major, just some recognition of appreciation.

So now all of you have been patient enough to read through the first 480 words and I have rambled on, repeated myself and put myself down; some might think to an unnecessary degree. So what’s the moral of the story, what motivational speech am I going to give you readers a kick in the ass to not fail and work as hard as possible?

You can be discouraged by failure, or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes, make all you can. Because, remember that’s where you’ll find success - on the far side of failure.
— Thomas J. Watson

Well, I’m not. I failed, I got up and I am working as hard as possible to improve and be proud of my work. So if that doesn’t push you to do the same, then rethink your career choices. If you aren’t prepared to fail, get back up again and fight harder than ever before, then it clearly isn’t your passion.

Huawei P10 - Is the camera as good as people think?

The Huawei P10 is the new flagship phone from the chinese tech company Huawei. Not only does it have the new android system as well as 4GB of RAM (in the small version), it also has 2 (yes 2) Leica developed cameras. A 12MP camera and a 20MP monochrome camera.

Obviously (anyone who follows my instagram will know this) I love monochrome high contrast B/W. So to me this phone which seemed high quality with good hardware, as well as 2 great cameras seemed like the obvious choice for my new phone. 

On Instagram I haven't used a phone camera for multiple years, because the results from professional cameras were just oh so much better than phone cameras. However, the last 4 out of 5 posts have been taken with the P10. The B/W is crisp, high contrast and filled with detail. The in-built camera can be configurated individually with the possiblity to adjust the ISO from 50 to 3200 as well as the shutter speed from 1/4000 to 30s. 

This truly does make the camera, a tool which one can use everyday and sucessfully. The options making it oh so customisable, gives people who enjoy controlling their photography to the nth degree, the actually possibility to do so.

Not only is there the monochrome and color options yet also a variety of other modes incl. Night Mode, Light Painting, HDR, Panorama, Time-Lapse, as well as an in-built document scanner and the standard insta filters built in.

I have not yet tried out the mass of these other options, however when I do, I will be updating this post.

My 5 Most Inspirational Instagram Accounts

These are my favorite Instagram Accounts, which aren’t necessarily full of hyped rooftop and feet shots, yet truly a high level of Photography; which inspire me every time a new picture of their’s get posted. These accounts range in style and type of photography so I hope that there will be something for everyone in this compilation.

 

  © www.instagram.com/joshkjack

 © www.instagram.com/joshkjack

1.      @Joshkjack

 

Joshua K. Jackson is a London-based photographer who specializes on London street photography. His shots follow a distinct style, which he stays true to capturing not only entire scenarios, yet also details which can be so very interesting. His work is truly inspiring, with his stories providing great insight into what he does, and how he shoots.

 

  © www.instagram.com/joeyldotcom

 © www.instagram.com/joeyldotcom

2.      @joeyldotcom

 

Joey L. is a well known photographer who’s Instagram account not only shows a great collection of his documentary work, yet also insights into his personal experiences and his interactions with the people he photographs. His documentary style is incredibly interesting to me, as it not only captures beautiful portraits, yet it he provides a raw insight; however while using professional studio set up, a crew and lights. By doing this he creates these incredible portraits, which are so very true and raw while capturing them in the highest possible quality.

 

  © www.instagram.com/goerss.de

 © www.instagram.com/goerss.de

3.      @goerss.de

 

Andreas is a Berlin – based B/W Photographer who’s entire collection is based around lines, symmetry and architecture. His style stays continuous with a predictable simplicity in his work; also he is a curator at @bnw_drama being one of the largest bnw communities on Instagram.

 

  © www.instagram.com/ianelkins

 © www.instagram.com/ianelkins

4.      @ianelkins

 

Ian Elkins is a well known lifestyle influencer, however with an unsual style; of no selfies or such. His Instagram feed is held in one beautiful style, using the same colour patterns across the board. Thereby his entire feed and his day to day posts are always recognizable as well as beautiful. His experience as a professional retoucher is clearly shown throughout his work; which is so often ‘picture perfect’.

  © www.instagram.com/dylanerichards

 © www.instagram.com/dylanerichards

5.      @dylanerichards

 

Dylan E. Richards is a street photographer based in NYC who has now amassed over 65K followers, with a vast array of work. With a large variety of shots and side of NYC he truly captures the diversity within the huge city. His work, has a distinctive style which cannot be missed; also through his incredible success he now also runs workshops.

Photoshop will end up Ruining Photography's Truth

Adobe’s Photoshop is the most used photo-editing software used today, with estimates being around 8mil users. Especially with today’s CC version, Photoshop is staggeringly powerful being able to edit everything and nothing; changing a photo in its entirety up to the state that what got taken in the camera is unrecognizable once the post processing has been completed. Within the fashion industry this is standard procedure, modifying bodies to fit that countries beauty standards, which triggered the entire concept of body-shaming; which I aren’t going get into any further.

However this leads into the question of whether or not using photoshop breaks the rules of ethical journalism when one is shooting street or documentary photography. I am using these two examples, as well as photojournalism (obviously) as in my opinion these three genres of photography especially rely on honesty and truth. The most famous example which started the discussion throughout the photography world was Steve McCurry; one of the world’s most famous documentary photographerswho decided to majorly photoshop various shots. So is this ethical?

The answer to this is oh so complicated, depending who you ask, there is a entire scale of answers. Yet, if you ask me, and various photo agencies including NPAA and many more, these practices are deeply unethical. Yet according to McCurry, this practice isn’t unethical because he is a “visual storyteller” and not a documentary photographer, however, there is a fine line between real storytelling and documentary.

Using Photoshop, one can deceive, wind and completely change the storyline of a single shot or even an entire series. Photography is meant to be, the truth, (a photo tells more than a thousand words) yet when people take a shot, then decide to make it look pretty; can one call oneself a photographer anymore, or rather a con artist. This idea might seem extreme however, if you sell a photo as a real, documentary, real world series and it has been edited and photoshopped through and through; one simply isn’t telling the truth.

Is this an opinioned post? Clearly, however I recon that lots of people might agree with this idea. Photoshop isn’t highly thought of, throughout various photographic disciplines, yet I think that this software is especially deadly for photojournalism and documentary. What happens, if more and more scandals show up; it breaks to mainstream media will anybody ever believe the photos taken in crisis areas? Will people ever be shocked or believe the photo of that refugee child on a beach?

This is the true risk. Photojournalism needs to stay away from Photoshop and clearly distance oneself from those scandals. If not, will photojournalists ever be believed again?