Street Photography -v- Scenes of the Road

February 7th, 2020






I have placed this in the Critique section, rightly or wrongly.

My question really is, are the three photographs more consistent with Street Photography than Scenes of the Road.

There probably is not a correct answer. My test for street photography is a two part test.

1 The photograph should be taken in the street
2 It should incorporate one or more persons who should be the main theme of the photograph.

The picture should not be posed and represent something which happened in the Street. The photograph is probably taken candidly.

Scenes of the Road, however I wonder if there should be a bias towards the road scene rather than towards persons or animals present.

Probably the truth lies in between. My view is that the first two are towards Street Photography whereas the later is more Scenes of the Road. What do members think?
February 7th, 2020
I think of street photography as chance encounters or random events but I consider scenes of the road more static. Something that is not going to change in a few minutes. I guess I think of scenes of the road more like a landscape or building that is seen from the road. I'm not sure that there is a specific defination for scenes of the road. Maybe its more broad as in anything you can see from the road you are travelling...either driving or walking, riding a bike or on your magic carpet. I love the top image. I would say without questioning that this is street photography and I would probably put the other two some place in the middle. Looking forward to reading other peoples thoughts :) Oh just a quick thought as I was going to post....What about street art? Where would that fit?
February 7th, 2020
@k1w1
Thanks. Whilst in different terms I don't think that is significantly different to my views. I look forward to other members views.
February 7th, 2020
Interesting question. First off, I'd note that Street Photography is more of an established genre. It even has a definition in the encyclopedia Brttanica: "Street photography, a genre of photography that records everyday life in a public place. The very publicness of the setting enables the photographer to take candid pictures of strangers, often without their knowledge. Street photographers do not necessarily have a social purpose in mind, but they prefer to isolate and capture moments which might otherwise go unnoticed."

On the other hand, Scenes Of The Road is (to the best of my knowledge) a challeneg created here at 365project... If you look at the most recent edition, it is eplained as follows: "Capture a scene off the road, of a road, next to a dirt path, of the traffic during your commute, from the platform of a train station, people waiting at a bus stop, out the window of a plane, or the scope of a submarine...etc. Show us something in your travels. Capture something of the world, of life we pass by every day." I looked back, the first Scenes Of/From the Road Challenge was started 1/2019, here's the original announcement.
https://365project.org/discuss/themes-competitions/32621/scenes-from-the-road-challenge

I think one key difference (to me at least) is people. Street photography generally (almost always?) includes people as key subject matter. If you look at "Scenes of The Road" entries, that's generally NOT the case.
https://365project.org/tags/scenesoftheroad-15

From a personal standpoint, I don't do much "street Photography", becasue I'm quite bad at it. But I rarely miss entering "Scenes Of The Road"...

(phew, that got long winded)
February 7th, 2020
All that said (above), you did ask for opinions on where your 3 photos fit.

In my humble opinion, all 3 could be put in either category:
I think the 1st is solidly more street than scenes.
I'd give a slight edge to street for the 2nd one.
Flip a coin for the third .

Or put all three in both buckets and see what happens.
February 7th, 2020
Ditto to K1W1 and Larry L, altho I'd probably put the first 2 images squarely into "street" and the third goes either way.
February 7th, 2020
You could always enter them into both competitions.
February 7th, 2020
I like street photography as a genre. About half the photography books in my bookcase relate to it, principally the works of Robert Doisneau, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Willy Ronis. But I find putting a definition into words is not easy. Perhaps, "photo-journalism of the mundane (rather than the newsworthy)" would do. In any case, I think a good street photo should have people, action, emotion.

So I think No.1 is an excellent street photo (assuming it wasn't posed). Henri Cartier-Bresson would say it captures 'the decisive moment'. It is a moment in time, a glimpse into human activity, with some humour.

I would not describe 2 or 3 as 'street photography'.
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