Street - Leslie Dean Brown

Street - Leslie Dean Brown

Leslie Dean Brown

http://www.LeslieDeanBrown.com

For me, photography is less about what looks good and more about telling stories. Some of the most interesting photographs taken are the ones that tell the greatest stories. A single photograph can reveal many things: what the subjects were doing and even thinking, how much life there is at the place in question, what the weather like, if it might rain at any moment, the time of day, time of year, where the photographer is, even what is behind the photographer. Getting all these elements right takes luck and skill in equal proportions. To some extent the equipment matters, but there are way more overcapitalised photographers than undercapitalised ones. Perhaps the only audience is you and that s okay. Bigger audiences demand greater perfection. Some of the best photographers are perfectionists in every sense of the word. I am not such a perfectionist and I feel that studio photos which are taken in a very controlled environment seem to me not to be as real somehow. In the studio, the focus is more on equipment. But I think that a truly great photographer should be able to catch a moment on any camera that is at hand, even a smartphone if necessary. So long as something reasonable is captured, why not? I believe that we have once again prioritised the equipment rather than the end user. Photographers have a very important power, which is to cast things in either a very positive or a negative light. Things can appear better or worse than they actually are. I.e. you can make things look very pretty -or likewise- very ugly. This can lead to different expectations and reactions where the audience is concerned. Will they be disappointed or surprised by the reality of the situation? Will the photograph truly inspire or even move them into action? Lately, I have eschewed this approach of making things look fantastic when they are not and hence I take street scenes just for what they are. Not every street might be the way I portray it, but at least it is representative of what is there. I like to take a photo of the quintessential street (or quirk) of a certain region. What are you really likely to find there? If you could take one single image of a place, what would it be? I am not currently a wedding photographer. The day that a bride and groome ask for a warts-and-all shoot, I ll be all over it. As I said, I prefer not to take faked photos but real ones. That means candid shots wherever and whenever possible. I d never pull a stranger out a real moment to get them to pose into (or away from) the camera. To me, that defeats the purpose of telling a story. You have just altered it. So the very act of moving an object or a subject has just revealed another story: that you d rather modify the scene to get your point across. I enjoy taking photos in the rain as they are vastly under-represented in the media. You also see more action, in that people jog across the street even thought they re not supposed to, or they ll huddle under a bus stop. There are a lot more interactions as people are forced closer together to avoid getting wet. You see the umbrellas come out and you see the people who haven t anticipated bringing one.

Country
Australia
City
Sydney / Cronulla / NSW
Category Group
Photographer websites
Category
Street
Added
07/09/2013 17:50:34

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