Storytelling with Street Photography


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One of the many, many things I find engaging and challenging about street photography is it’s capacity to tell a different kind of story from photojournalism or coverage of an event, or travel photography (though, even where you live, it might be argued that street photography is a kind of travel photography. But then, it’s often a kind of portrait photography too).

Robert Frank’s ‘The Americans’ is for me the archetype of editing a series of photographs to create a coherent story. Themes emerge, blend, subside and reappear in an apparently effortless way that must have taken a huge amount of effort and much slaughter of unselected images.

We were in Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand over the weekend. Looking at the images I made I thought this would be a good opportunity to try putting just a handful together to see if I could create a brief photo poem. Sounds a bit grandiose I admit, but worth a try even if it doesn’t work. Experimentation and attempting to push the boundaries of what we already do – that’s the essence of continuing to enjoy any creative activity I guess.

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All images © Simon Shaw 2015

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