I spent much of my Saturday walking around some of Manila’s busiest streets, with experienced street snappers and a couple of cameras in tow. Then, while late to the party, I also learned about “Everybody Street,” a documentary which tells about the passion for street photography of legendary personalities like Eliott Erwitt, Joel Meyerowitz, Bruce Davidson, and many others.
It’s been quite a while since I last took my Yashica Electro 35 out for a walk, so when I got invited for a street photography walk, I decided to make it my analogue companion for the day. While I still have so much to learn when it comes to getting decent street shots, the passion, energy, and drive of the people I tagged along with — most of them I met for the first time — were infectious. I now want to get better at capturing raw moments out in the streets, whether it’s interesting, hilarious, or chaotic.
Most of the shots (above) I have taken in the past that are close to decent street photography kind of give away my introverted side: overly calculated, needlessly distanced, and maybe even embarrassingly touristy. Even when I’m out in the streets, I can get so lost in the random ramblings in my head that I remain oblivious to all the things happening around me — even if I have something as handy, compact, and quick as my Lomo LC-A+ with me to capture them with.
As perfect timing would have it, I also recently heard about Everybody Street, a documentary by Cheryl Dunn that was released this year and features the work and passion of some of New York City’s esteemed street photographers: Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Jill Freedman, Bruce Gilden, Joel Meyerowitz, Rebecca Lepkoff, Mary Ellen Mark, Jeff Mermelstein, Clayton Patterson, Ricky Powell, Jamel Shabazz, Martha Cooper, and Boogie, with historians Max Kozloff and Luc Sante.
Like everyone else interested in street photography, I am very much aware of how the Big Apple has become the playground of generations of street photographers. So, I’m sure that getting a glimpse of the lives of these established street snappers will be nothing short of inspirational.
I know I’m kind of late to the party and we've already shared the trailer before, but in case you haven’t seen it yet as well, you can watch it below:
What are your thoughts on your own forays into street photography? Where — or from whom — do you get your inspiration? Please do share your insights below!