Post lockdown photography

People in France, like in many other countries are anxiously waiting for the lockdown to be over. Only one week to go, although I feel that the streets will be filled during the upcoming week. I see more and more people outside during my daily 1km walk. Some with masks, some without. I haven’t seen street photographers around yet…

I was wondering, like many of us who shoot on the streets, what will change? What will be different for us after this pandemic? How will we approach street photography?

I’m not the guy who likes to get too close to people with my camera but sometimes it’s necessary for a desired effect. At times you want to capture emotions from close. And I have a fixed 28m lens on my Fuji so I do the zooming with my feet.

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Will we be shooting more landscape, urban environment, macro? Many might consider getting those long scary zoom lenses out and shooting like snipers from 100 meters away, which totally kills the intimacy of the subject in the picture (sorry about all the puns..:)

Or we wouldn’t change and carry on where we left it… I don’t think I’ll be changing a lot in my approach. I’m interested in human interaction with the environment and I think we also have responsability to document what is really happening on our streets as there is too much false information we’re being fed on a daily basis.

Walkabout, Montpellier 2016

Thanks for visiting and how do YOU see the Post Lockdown Photography?

Yuri

12 comments on “Post lockdown photography

  1. I feel I’ll be missing the intense vibes as I’m a country dweller hidden in France Far West in North Finistère…. So please shoot as many good photos as you can, and keep on sharing!

  2. shooting streets with a telephoto lens is not photography bur voyeurism, I hate seeing guys with such lenses in the streets, hunting… 28 mm sounds about right…! love the dialogue between the two photos you’ve posted, Yuri…

    • Thanks Alexandra, I agree about a telephoto lens. When I was starting out in photography I bought a 200mm zoom lens because I wanted to photograph either animals or during sporting events. Then I tried it on the street and it never felt comfortable or ethical to use. I cringe every time I see street images of people taken with a telephoto lens. The only person who mastered the zoom lens on streets for me is the great Saul Leiter who shot with 90MM or even 150MM…

  3. I don’t know, I don’t think it will change that much. I’ll keep my 35mm lense on my camera and see what happens, for the time being.

  4. This is going to be an interesting time to photograph. More than many others made in recent years, these photographs from the streets will be history one day. Stay safe out there, but do document these times in France.

    Now that we’re allowed out here in Spain, I have been taking my camera on my daily walk as well. I’m not really a street photographer but I dabble occasionally and have been trying to make a few pictures that are reflective of the event we’re currently living through.

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