I am slowly working my way toward being brave enough to do the kind of street photography seen in the amazing body of work discovered by luck in an auction bin just over a year ago. Vivian Maier was a nanny in Chicago, unassuming and private, and over the course of 40 years she amassed thousands of images of her walks around the city and they are exquisite. (See her story and images here. If you haven't seen them yet you are in for a treat.)
My intention today was to skulk around the city and find someone who looked friendly, hopefully with sassy fashion sense, who would afford me the opportunity to leisurely capture them doing something intriguing. On a street with character. It's not too much to ask, right? Cue the downpour. So I scuttled from corner to doorway to alley with my umbrella balanced on my head and captured the amazing colour in the Mission district of San Francisco instead. Not a bad trade at all, although I will muster my courage and return another day.
I'm in love with Stephskimo's image below, taken in London. The wall art is bold and graphic. I want to know what's happening just out of frame to the right. My daughter thinks it looks like people helping each other, which seems appropriate given the person sharing the frame. Stephanie has created a collection of her street art photographs and it is well worth a visit to her photostream.
What street photographers inspire you?
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stik mural 1 by stephskimo