Boulder Street Photography

Street photography is a type of documentary photography where you often are shooting people engaged in their life on the street.  Without any direction or posing.  Candid, often not knowing they are being photographed.  The best street photographs are the ones which have a story to tell, and communicate it well with good composition and pictorial elements.

I’ve been shooting street photography in Boulder for the last few years, always with a camera at the ready when walking down the Pearl Street Mall.  It’s a challenge to find moments that are truly worthy, with a story.  A person walking down the street on their phone isn’t of much interest to me, since it’s so commonly seen (though in 50 years, it might be quite the scene), but if they walk into a telephone pole while they are on the phone, that would make for a brilliant street photography moment.

So, you have to have your finger on the shutter button and ready to shoot at a moment’s notice.  All of these that were unposed were made like that.  The portraits I asked to take, so they were aware of the camera, and are more street portraits.

Henri Cartier-Bresson is considered the grandfather of street photography, and there have been wonderful street photographers like Elliott Erwitt, Gary Winogrand, and Vivian Maier, to name a few.

This gallery of images was made with a Rolleiflex 3.5F TLR film camera shooting 120 medium format black and white film–Ilford HP5 and Kodak Tri-x.


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