November 18, 2023

The Liberating Art of Pure Street Photography

by
Arnold Watson

While many street photographers prioritize symmetry, the rule of thirds, and perfect lighting, I've always felt that these guidelines sometimes act as constraints, especially in the unpredictable realm of street photography. For me, it's not about capturing the perfect frame, but rather the perfect moment. By placing an emphasis on spontaneity, my photos strive to be authentic reflections of life as it unfolds, snapshots of fleeting instances that tell a story without the need for words.‍

Urban environments, with their chaos, colors, and cacophony, offer a treasure trove of moments just waiting to be captured. Los Angeles, in particular, has always been a melting pot of cultures, a place where dreams and reality collide, and it's here that I've found my niche in what I'd call 'pure street photography'.

Unlike traditional street photography that often emphasizes technical perfection and adherence to established rules, my approach is more raw, more instinctual, and definitely more human-centric.

Photographer capturing her beautful redheaded model.

Urban environments, with their chaos, colors, and cacophony, offer a treasure trove of moments just waiting to be captured. Los Angeles, in particular, has always been a melting pot of cultures, a place where dreams and reality collide, and it's here that I've found my niche in what I'd call 'pure street photography'. Unlike traditional street photography that often emphasizes technical perfection and adherence to established rules, my approach is more raw, more instinctual, and definitely more human-centric.

People are at the heart of my work. The bustling streets of LA are filled with characters, each with their own story to tell, and it's this human element that I find most intriguing. Imagine a stranger, lost in thought, unaware of the camera, becoming the subject of a candid portrait.

These aren’t just images of people; they're windows into their souls, a split-second peek into their world. It’s the magic of capturing the unguarded, raw emotions of complete strangers that keeps me passionate about my craft.

Of course, this style isn't without its challenges. Relying on instinct over technique means that for every perfect shot, there are dozens that don’t quite hit the mark. But that's the beauty of it. In the world of pure street photography, it's the imperfections, the off-center shots, and the unexpected photo-bombers that add character and depth to the narrative.

For me, pure street photography is a liberating art form that steps away from the textbook rules and delves deep into the heart of urban life. By focusing on the 'in the moment' and placing people at the center of the narrative, it offers a fresh, genuine perspective on the world around us.

So, the next time you walk the streets of LA or any city for that matter, keep an eye out. You might just stumble upon a photographer trying to capture a little piece of your soul.