First things first. I really don’t make a habit of writing on this Blog. It’s more about me showcasing my photos (more on that later).
I just spent 2 excellent (long, tiring, taxing, stimulating, educational, stressful…) days with some of the most amazing Street Photographers one could hope to meet. Leading the charge was the effervescent LA based street photography guru, Mr. Eric Kim.
If you are into this sort of stuff, you will know who Eric is and have an idea of his uniquely cultivated style of in your face handheld street flash photography using a manually adjusted flash complemented my a lowly Leica M9 (WOW!). Eric has the formula cracked on how to get into someone’s personal space, take a few well-frames shots, and get a thanks from his subject… Just like that. I watched him do it dozens of times during our walkabout in various areas of Toronto. The results were amazing.
I went into Eric’s 2 day beginners course thinking I knew what I was doing with respect to Street Photography. I left the course realizing that I was wrong, and that I had only tapped the surface of the immense knowledge base that is also known as Eric Kim. I learned things that one can only pick up if they spend some time with a pro and a group of equally enthusiastic wannabe street photographers.
The class was also blessed with an amazing array of photographic talent and skills. All of whom aggregated into a unique and positive learning environment. I met some new people, and made some new friends. Sweet!
I had many takeaways in the course. One of them is to be able to brutally edit your shots and only publish the absolute really super duper good ones. Rewind to the start of this post. I have come to realize that my exuberance to publish what I think is a great shot may actually be me being too excited about something I felt whilst taking the shot. Lesson learned – and thank you for that great piece of advice Eric. I will attempt to restrain my desire to publish daily.
If you are wondering why I wrote this post. Simply put, I am inspired by the beauty & uniqueness of Street Photography and people like Eric Kim who display such a passion for their trade. Get the word out!
Thank you again Eric. My brain is indeed rewired.