street photography is dying

as i look at the dA street gallery, i look at the same photo over and over again.

it’s a portrait of a homeless guy, it’s a skateboarder, it’s graffiti

well those are just miscats

but there are some, that are technically street, but just aren’t good. they were good by my standard a few months ago, but now my standard is changing. i’m trying to raise the bar, trying to make my street collection actually mean something, rather than just a copy of the entire gallery.

but everyone is going for the same thing

street is developing its fate; a fate that may turn out like sunset photography, or landscapes. They all suck because it is physically impossible to create anything different. 

and even those that are different, suppose a group of kids playing, in silhouette, with a bright orange sunset behind them, is still just not good. i need something different.

i never knew that i was actually right when i said to jay that “dA is like a drug, once you start, you just cant start…wait…”

art is so much like a drug it s crazy. i need it to fuel me. to keep my head inline. 

ah whatever. hopefully by the end of finals week i can understand this better.

hopefully i can come up with a better, cutting edge social documentary style.


the day after i get back (a thursday), i’m going straight to Seattle to try to get some shots. i know i said seattle sucked and it was boring, but at least it has opportunities. eugene has barely any opportunities.

just sleep in till 12 and get your 6 pager and final study guide done. that’s life.


1 Response to “street photography is dying”

  1. 1 C. M. Tisdale 18/12/2008 at 8:26 PM

    I agree that good street photography is getting pretty rare, but I think it has more to do with the onslaught of digital photography than anything else. Photographers (digitographers, to be more exact) are getting too thoughtless with their process (which really isn’t a process anymore). All that snapping away is killing photography, street or otherwise.

    Oh, yeah, and film has tones and textures you’ll just never be able to get with digital. Being an anolog user yourself, I’m sure you’ll agree that black and white negatives have a tone that adds mystery to even mundane scenes.

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Tom Walsh

is a photographer in Eugene, OR. Mainly focusing on street photography and social documentary. He shoots bands and portraits as well. Tom goes to the University of Oregon where he intends to graduate with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography.
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