Archive for March, 2012

In street photography we are always on the lookout for the special moment in the mundane life. Those moments are there for 1/1000 of a second and they are gone a 1/1000 of a second later. Thinking before shooting is a luxury that in most times street photographers cannot allow themselves. The street photographer works and shoot mostly on intuition.

But sometimes the scene gives us the opportunity to work it, to explore the scene from different angles, to construct a better composition and to capture the decisive moment.

The scene doesn’t have to be static, it could be a person walking that we can follow and shoot in different situations giving us a verity to choose from.

Back in film days, working the scene could be expansive as development and printing cost money but today in the digital world, working the scene is free.

We all know that patience is a virtue, both in life and in photography (well, photography is life), especially in street photography. working the scene requires patience. Don’t rush your photography don’t shoot just one shot and think that you got it. If the opportunity comes up and allow you to work the scene then be patience and work the scene, exploit it to the max to be sure you get the best picture possible from the scene. Don’t worry about how many pictures you took and how much disk space they are going to take, it’s all worth it if you catch that one great frame.

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

In my last post – Inspiration 001 I’ve talked about William Klein, watch the next video as he takes us exploring his contact sheets giving us a glimpse to how he worked the scene in order to get the best frame.

I’ve been dying to go out and hit the streets for days now but unfortunately I’m stuck in a hospital… Don’t worry, I’m fine and probably be on my way home tomorrow (hopefully).

So I decided to use this time I have to start a series of posts sharing with you some of the photographers that inspire me.

It’s not a big secret that I’m into old school street photography, I think it reflects well in my work although I try to bring my own twist and some more modern approaches as well.

I like to get close to my objects, I like to be involved in the scene even if it’s just for a split of a second. I have adopted Robert Capa’s famous words – “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough” and Henri Cartier-Bresson’s decisive moment approach but they are not the topic of this post.

One of my inspirations is William Klein.

Willian Klein

Willian Klein

Klein may not be regarded as a street photographer by today’s purist street photography fans, he was not very candid about his photography, often directly approaching and provoking his subjects, squeezing the emotions he was looking for.

William Klein

William Klein

But non the less regardless of his interventions his work reflect and document the times he was working in, in a truthfully manner, giving us the viewers a real glimpse to the people and the street life of the times the pictures were taken.

William Klein

William Klein

To me his ability to keep it real regardless of his interventions makes him a great street photographer in the purest form of street photography.

Street Photography By Sagi-K

Street Photography By Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Get in shape

I’ve updated my web site so check it out as well at http://www.sagi-k.com/

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Where’s the beef?

 

photo by Sagi-K

photo by Sagi-K

Magic Mirror

Posted: March 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

The magic mirror on the wall shows your true inner-self….

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Say a Prayer

Posted: March 14, 2012 in Documentary
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Photography by Sagi-K

Photography by Sagi-K

Photography by Sagi-K

Photography by Sagi-K

Photography by Sagi-K

Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

 

 

In Street Photography we are constantly looking for the special moments in the everyday life and routine.

As photography is a visual art, we tend to use visual elements to enhance the content and the moment captured. One of these elements is duplication.

Finding duplications of the subject or elements in the frame can enhance the emotions, the story or even become the main theme of the picture.

It could be a duplication of  hair-style, clothing, color or textures or anything else for that matter. It could be a combination of several duplications, the more complex it is, the more interest it will draw.

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

One of the finest example for using this element in street photography is the picture “Trading Life” by Nick Turpin who is also the founder of iN-PUBLiC.

Trading Life

Trading Life by Nick Turpin

Not only there are two duplications in the frame of two men each, there is also a parallelity between the bold heads of the businessmen and the hardhats of the workers and there is the contrast between the two pairs in their clothing, their economic class, and their directionality in the frame.

I will discuss parallelity and contrast (of objects not of brightness levels) in other posts in the future so stay tuned…

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Jerusalem Again

One week past from my last visit to snowy Jerusalem and I’m back in Jerusalem to celebrate Purim, this time is sunny and warm weather.

While the conventional festivities were held at the city center and throughout the country, on place stands out in its uniqueness. Mea Shearim in Jerusalem.

Mea Shearim (100 Gates) is one of the oldest Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem, Israel. It is populated mainly by Haredi Jews (very orthodox). the neighborhood seems like stuck in time back in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s.

I’ve visited Mea Shearim about five months ago on the eve of Yum Kippur to document the controversial ceremony of Kaparot and decided to come back here for Purim as it features some controversial traditions as well.

Like the neighborhood that is frozen in time, same goes for the celebrations that keeps the old traditions of giving mutual gifts of food and drink, giving charity to the poor, a celebratory meal, and public recitation of the Scroll of Esther, additions to the prayers and the grace after meals.

Other customs include drinking wine, wearing of masks and costumes, and public celebration.

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

The morning starts with reading the Scroll of Esther and once it’s done the drinking and celebrating take over. The drinking part is taken seriously and by noon, kids and adults alike are roaming the narrows street of the neighborhood completely drunk.

Another controversial activity is smoking, you’ll find kids as old as 10 years old smoking on the streets as part of the celebrations.

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K

The costumes are mostly old fashioned and mostly composed of biblical figures which yet again reminds me my naive childhood.

Street Photography by Sagi-K

Street Photography by Sagi-K