Raw, unadulterated, unplanned with a underlying uncertainty is every bit part of what appeals to me on the street. Back to the basics, playing with available light and single lens choices revive and cleanse me of the modern organisational stress and complexities of a carefully planned, conceptually executed shoot (hair, makeup, props, location, talent and studio lighting are the stress inducing culprits I am referring to this evening).
The vast streets of the world are full of free opportunities and memories for all who are watching, the only worry is having enough battery capacity and memory card space to continue recording. There is nothing more satisfying than stumbling into bed after a long day shooting. When the time comes and you can barely remember where you parked the car it is time to head home treasuring the memory cards bursting at the molded seams with bits and bytes.
Visiting foreigners who focus on the stunning vast planes, landscapes, glaciers and stereotypical cultural elements are missing the genuine experience behind the reality of society. Experiences which can only be seen on the streets built upon by the passerby going about their life. The ones who are at fault for making a city what it is, whether it be prospering or withering away. Visual beauty is everywhere, you only have to look.
In my eyes, if we break down our discipline and photography into the fundamental building blocks, our body of works consist of nothing more than a visual documentation of our era, uniquely influenced and guided by what lies between your ears, our most intelligent sensory organ. Our work is always influenced by our experiences, feelings and relationships. All these element combine into what may be referred to some as a style, constantly evolving until you put the camera down for good.
My days planning and forcing the creative process, building on a concept and faking emotions (never really achieving them visually) has always left me bitterly disappointed. Maybe it is my direction, guidance or the multiple shoes I attempted to fill during historic shoots which has left me feeling this way. Maybe this is why I find creative release and freedom in my definition of street photography, where there is nothing quite like the unknown which makes a night out with my camera so exciting again.