“You don’t make up for your sins in church. You do it in the streets. You do it at home. The rest is bullshit and you know it.”
I couldn’t figure out how to open this blog post, so I am just quoting Mean Streets! Mexico seems to primarily be featured in the news whenever there are drug related stories in actual mean streets. Guanajuato could not be any further from that. We were met with a wonderful peaceful, welcoming and happy attitude and felt completely safe walking the streets day and night. No one seemed to care either that we were taking pictures all the time. This city truly is a special haven in the universe, truly wonderful and no one place in the last many years has affected me like this and made me feel at home. I cannot wait till we return.
Street photography. I can point my camera at a street, but that is about the extent of my street photography skills! I am one extremely lucky potato though, that Charlene is a brilliant street photographer (check out her streets and shadow portfolio!) so I get to observe her at work and try to learn from her. She has an excellent eye for making magic out of some chaotic random street scene and I constantly find myself going “what are you looking at?” and then I see the result and see that once again she has used her 35mm lens (the crop sensor equivalent of the classic 50mm) and carved out a perfect slice of life in a composition that no one else would have come up with.
Walking the streets together, inevitably we sometimes end up with just about the same image, mostly because sometimes I cannot resist copying the master! My view of the streets is quite different though, I do tend to use my 18mm almost all the time. That is how I see the world: wide-eyed and wide-angled (and sometimes widely-confused!).
I can spot a great music photography opportunity blindfolded but I doubt my eye will ever get especially tuned towards street photography. In a place like Guanajuato though I really enjoyed it, playing with the colours, the light and shadows was fantastic. What follows is a selection of some of my street shots from Guanajuato. If any one of these came out ok, it is purely because I have a great teacher!
All images shot on my trusty old Fujifilm X-T1, most of them with the Fujinon 18mm lens, my favourite lens for the streets.