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No End to Learning

My partner is participating in a learning exchange program and on Saturday, we welcomed a visitor from Oslo, Norway.

We spent the weekend taking her to a few neighbourhoods in the city, which also gave me a lot of time to take photos too.

Since I got my Fujifilm X100F just over two weeks ago, I’ve shot more than 2,000 images on it, and before that, I’m guessing a few hundred street scenes on my Nikon. Not all of those have worked out, of course, but I know the important thing is to keep taking photos. I know that I am better in street photography now then when I started a couple of months ago. And I know I am better now generally than when I first got my Nikon two years ago. Our visitor remarked how she liked some of the early photos I took and had framed for our house – photos which I don’t like much anymore, because I know I can do better.

I’m posting a lot on Instagram these days. It’s more for me to look at my work than to get “likes.” The problem with social media is that it’s easy to get addicted to others’ opinions of your work through those likes. I still think it’s funny how people gravitate towards images that I don’t particularly like or put that much effort into making, while the images that I like myself don’t get much attention from others. This approval from others also varies from platform to platform. On Facebook, the activity is much lower overall in street photography groups I’ve joined. And on Flickr, opinions (via likes) also vary.

So not only am I learning the art of taking better photos, but in the process, I’m also learning to take photos for me, and not anyone else.

That said, I still look to social media and artists’ websites for inspiration. Along with Aaron Berger, this one by Pau Buscató I came across made a huge impression on me.

Photo by Pau Buscató

The fact that he saw the detail of the rip in the tarp and how it mimicked the shape of a bird, was impressive enough. But then he went the extra mile and waited for who knows how long for a real bird to come along to complete the image is absolutely amazing to me.

You can see more of his work on his website – I think artists like him take street photography to a whole other level.

I would one day like to be able to produce similar work. Work that intrigues people just as Buscató’s affected me.

Here are some recent images I took. Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments below.

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4 Comments

  1. I really enjoy following you. You have become soo good at what you are doing. You have a very nice touch and feeling in your photos. And yes, social media is a dangerous and fun addiction. It’s easy to loose yourself if you care too much about attention, likes and what others may think about your work. Keep on doing your thing. I like it.

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  2. Thank you, Smike! I also enjoy following you. The feeling is mutual! 🙂

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  3. Haha that’s why you wrote to me in Norwegian on IG 😊

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  4. Haha… exactly. 🙂

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