STREET PHOTOGRAPHY THROUGH THE LENS OF RONYA GALKER

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The beauty of street photography is in the sincerity, the unexpectedness of it. Unlike other kinds of photography, street photography is not staged.  Street photography happens at the spur of the moment, it involves the photographer finding/stumbling upon his subject of interest be it animate or inanimate.

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For amazing works of street photography to be created, one does not necessarily have to be very good at handling equipment or have the experience, no.  Street photography is less about these things and more ‘sharp eye’ meets timing.

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Timing plays a key role in this type of photography, it is so in this sense that just a second delay or decision can either make or mar the experience.

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Street photography is very lucid. It is the photographer capturing the unposed moment before him, an opportunistic moment it is really of the unsuspecting urban public spaces.

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It does not need to be taken on an actual street with pavements or capture people for it to be tagged so, it is street photography as long as it is done in a public space. It is the street photography so long as it captures an expressive surrounding.

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There is no definite style to street photography; there are no rules either except for the fact that the capture has to be an unmanipulated image.

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Street photography is a communication of expressiveness between the photographer and his surroundings. Unstaged. True. untampered. It is not photojournalism or documentative imaging. Street photography is simply just a ‘photographer’ wandering the streets with a camera in hand, observing, the image of capture unknown to him until the very moment it is revealed.

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Eric Atie is a creative writer who has a passion for photography and a strong interest in filmmaking.

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