The film Everybody Street exposes the ideas behind the photographers and photographs they produce of “real life.” The film mentions how some photographers paint their scenes in studio while others let the scene come to them.

There were a few points mae by the photographers that really stuck out to me in this documentary:

  • “Being behind the camera makes you not a participant, you’re an observer.” -Boogie
  • “[When photographing the street you are] responding to things and you learn what they mean to you” -Joel Meyerowitz
  • “[Photography] is a way of reading your culture.” -Joel Meyerowitz

The intention of photographers can be many things, but one thing is common in the idea that we all strive to share our perception with the world and hope that it makes them feel something. Whether we want our viewers to feel happy, sad, to take action, or to relive a memory; there is all a bigger picture to what we capture.

Watching this documentary has opened my eyes to a new meaning of photography. Sometimes it’s not all about vanity and a perfect picture, in fact most times it won’t be. There are many things still yet to be discovered and photographing these memories are one way to put time in a bottle for all to see.


Flashy Lights – In Studio


Above are five selected photos from our studio session during class last week. We had a chance to take our cameras in studio and photograph our fellow classmates and their guests. Before this assignment I hadn’t really been a big fan of in-studio shooting. I had an impression that it was a little too “one-dimensional” and my composition skills were not enough to make things interesting.

After practicing studio lighting and seeing the different effects we could get it really ignited my interest in studio creativity. I realized that it could be completely different from on location settings, and that’s a totally good thing! Adjusting the lighting by turning one off or turning it away from the subject gave the photo depth and mood and it was all at our control. As far as pursuing photography as a career, having studio photography skills is something that is very important. More specifically in fashion photography it will be a strength I can offer once I develop my skills with studio lighting and setups.