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Street Photography: Just Point the Camera & Shoot!

This isn’t Humans of New York, it’s humans of the world. People living every minute of a clock’s tick, a step above the law, a season below the weather. In the spirit of the inner-city or among the glass homes of suburbia. In a way that feels right to them and un-casual to us while becoming the collective character that encompasses the make-up of being alive.

Street photographers are documenters of urban and rural society. They travel the world with wandering eyes and intrusive cameras but are not looking for family photos per se. They’re looking for families of happenstance. Gathering an unending collection of moments that slip into eras not thought to be definitive in their time. They capture style, labor, crisis, monotony, color. The act of migration and what it means to look under America’s rug. The type of person that freezes life on the street isn’t looking to exploit the individual, he is looking to tell a truth.

I want to introduce you to a few people I admire. Folks that have been as influential in death as they were alive and folks that are still kicking and moving forward with their craft. Within my choices are both film and photobooks.

Everybody Street - documentary film directed by Cheryl Dunn
Subway art by Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant
Finding Vivian Maier - documentary film written and directed by John Maloof & Charlie Siskel
Back in the Days - Photographs by Jamel Shabazz

Everybody Street, a film by Cheryl Dunn, capitalizes on what raw dedication to craft looks like. Every photographer mentioned is worth researching for pleasure. They fetishize about the film negative, argue about going digital and keep their cameras aimed at life even with risk of attack. It is also one of the last documented videos of Mary Ellen Mark before passing away in 2015. A notable mention goes to Martha Cooper, a legend in the graffiti world. All in all, this film is an excellent introduction to the craft.

Jim Goldberg’s Raised by Wolves chronicles runaways in the same way Mary Ellen Mark documents the life of adult-children in the film and book Streetwise. However, the look and feel of the content present is different: Raised by wolves reads more like a literary scrapbook of waywardness and Streetwise is the book you hand to children when they haven’t a clue about life. If I were to extract a tale from the collective pieces it would be that fragility is a child without a home for understanding. From San Francisco, California to Seattle, Washington we’re given content that represents a slice of youth most of us are fortunate to grow out of.

Vivian Maier will forever remain an enigma. What drove her to shoot to the degree that she did is lost thanks to her discovery posthumously, yet her name is ever growing. The exposure she receives in print and on screen is further magnified in person via the Howard Greenberg Gallery Of New York. For anyone that has watched or plans to watch Finding Vivian Maier, I promise her story will latch onto a branch of you mind. My favorite release of her work is Vivian Maier: A photographer found.

Garry Winogrand’s The Man in the Crowd is a photographic collage of thirty plus years on the street. A man whose nature defined street photography in New York, Winograd died too young and, like Vivian Maier, his unprocessed work was left to our eyes for interpretation, respect and use as a teaching tool for progression.

When I think about Bruce Davidson ‘s Subway I have to agree with Pete Rock who said, “I guess time’s changed since the subway train”. This book is a throwback to trains and its commuters of late 1970’s early 80 New York. The graffiti hand-styles, the eruption of B-Boy and punk trends, new wave and the end of disco are captured along with the grease and grit of people. While the subway photo reached normalcy in the digital world of today, you can’t replicate a time before the Reagan era and Broken Windows. Andre Wagner has recently released a book of black and white photos, Here for the Ride, that covers a three year period spent on the New York transit line. While I won’t compare the two I will suggest the ownership of both as they are staples of time.

Jamel Shabazz. Everything he captures should be studied by fashion students looking into yesteryears for support. His work, while not as candid as earlier mentions, Back in the Days is the nostalgic piece you flip through while waiting for dinner. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or how far removed from the past you might be, this book is worth time spent.

WeeGee. If you’ve seen the film Nightcrawler then you’ve watched inspiration unfold. Weegee was the guy who never needed rules. He saw an opportunity, took it by the reins and didn’t wait for society’s approval of his craft. He chased scenes of trauma mostly at night. He knew what made a story important and what it meant to reveal what was once private in higher society.  Check out Naked City and Weegee’s World for content that changed the way we approach news.

I could not and should not finish this piece without mention of Bresson. Henri Catier-Bresson was the godfather of street photography and the decisive moment himself. The teacher of composition through the viewfinder and from the hip. So much is attributed to him. Henri Cartier Bresson: a biography is an in-depth look at his history and theory. Whelp, it’s time for the shameless plug: I myself am an urban documentarian. When time allows, I spend anywhere from three to ten hours walking the streets of Toledo, Chicago, New York City and Detroit. I share the same desires as the people mentioned and am willing to do just as much as they would to get the shot. Dedication can alienate you. It can separate you from simple things like family and friendship in the off chance you may miss a shot. I applaud anyone that takes this field head on as it isn’t pretty. Photoshop has no place nor does a weak heart. You’re as exposed as the people you capture and if you can’t respect that then you shouldn’t shoot on the street.

Street Photograpy: Books on Technique

 

Street Photography - Creative Vision Behind the Lens by Valerie Jardin
Street photography : the art of capturing the candid moment by Gordon Lewis
The Street Photographer's Manual by David Gibson
Travel and street photography : from snapshots to great shots / John Batdorff

Featured image credit: “Life in Nuclear Activity” by James Dickerson. All rights reserved. © 2016.

Originally posted at ToledoLibrary.org/blog/just-point-the-camera-and-shoot by Toledo Lucas County Public Library blogger James D.

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Run into the Wood

Run into the Wood

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Lost in North West Forest

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Preserve and Share Precious Family Memories

A lot of people spend time tracing their family history. But how much time does the average person spend preserving the stories and/or memories of friends, family and loved ones for future generations?

Last year, one of my colleagues told me about the National Day of Listening, started by StoryCorps. The project encourages people to sit down with a loved one and record a meaningful conversation. The concept excited me, which prompted a visit to my grandfather in an attempt to “preserve a meaningful conversation.” Long story short, the reality didn’t match up with what was in my head. For one thing, I didn’t have a realistic plan. It’s important to make preparations and consider all of the possibilities before undertaking something like this seemingly straight-forward concept of preserving a precious memory.

Making Memories : Things to Consider

The idea or concept of preserving memories for future generations is definitely intriguing and the possibilities are worth exploring. Here are a few things to consider if you plan to record a conversation with a loved one to share or preserve for future generations:

  1. What questions should you ask?
  2. What equipment should you use?
  3. How will you edit the audio/video?
  4. How will you save and preserve the finished product?
  5. What’s the best way to share these memories with loved ones?

6 Ways the Library Can Help You Preserve Precious Memories

The Toledo Lucas County Public Library offers a variety of tech tools and/or services to valid cardholders at select locations.

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1. Film to Digital Converters

Do you have old film you would like to preserve?

How can the Library help?

We offer digital converters for turning 35mm, 126KPK, 110 slides/negatives, 8mm and Super 8 movies into digital images or movies in seconds.

No computer or software needed. All items are saved into its internal memory or optional SD/SDHC memory card, up to 32GB capacity.

Easily connects to any Windows PC or MAC, to offload images or view on TV.

Available at King Road, Oregon and Sylvania.


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2. VHS to DVD Converter

Do you have precious memories saved to a VHS tape, but no longer have a VCR?

How can the Library help?

Use our DVR (Digital Video Recorder) and transfer your VHS tapes to DVDs.

Available at King Road, Oregon and West Toledo.


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3. Digitization Services

Do you have items you would like to scan, edit or store?

How can the Library help?

The Local History department can help you digitize, edit and store precious items to share with loved ones and preserve memories for future generations.

For more information, email digitization@toledolibrary.org or call 419.259.5233 and set up an appointment today.

Please note that the minimum turnaround time for digitization services is approximately two weeks.


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4. Studio Equipment

Do you want to record audio and/or video?

How can the Library help?

Use our studio equipment to record a meaningful conversation with a loved one.

Select Library locations have audio and video equipment for use in their studios.

Microphones, mixing consoles, headphones and accessories are available, as well as audiovisual equipment.

Available at King Road, Oregon and Sylvania.


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5. Cameras / Camcorders

Do you want to take quality photos and/or home movies?

How can the Library help?

Did you know the Library lends out cameras and camcorders?

Use this great equipment to record memories and share with loved ones.

Camcorder

The Canon XA10 camcorder is an ultra compact professional camera that records in full HD 1080p.

Available at West Toledo.

DSLR CAMERA

The Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR camera will suit many photography needs and skill levels.

Available at Sylvania.

GOPRO HERO CAMERAS

GoPro Hero Cameras are durable digital cameras that film from your point of view.

Available at King Road, Oregon and Sylvania.


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6. Editing Software

Do you have photos and/or videos you would like to edit in a creative way?

How can the Library Help?

Computers at some of our locations feature additional software that allows you to be your own producer.

Create your next masterpiece with the same platforms the pros use, including:

iLife Suite

Contains Garage Band, iMovie, and iPhoto.

Take those little video clips and photos from your iPhone/iPad and create a mini movie or slideshow.

Available at King Road, Oregon, Sylvania and West Toledo.

Adobe Photoshop Elements

Photo editing software.

Take photos and edit them in creative ways.

Available at King Road, Oregon and West Toledo.

Final Cut Pro

Video editing software.

Take video clips and edit them together to create a home movie.

Available at King Road, Sylvania and West Toledo.


Related Library Books

How to archive family photos : a step-by-step guide to organize and share your photos digitally / Denise May Levenick, The Family Curator
How to archive family keepsakes : learn how to preserve family photos, memorabilia & genealogy records / Denise May Levenick
Digital photography : an introduction / Tom Ang
The advanced photography guide / David Taylor

How to Archive Family Photos : A Step-by-Step Guide to Organize and Share Your Photos Digitally by Denise May Levenick

A practical how-to guide for organizing your growing digital photo collection, digitizing and preserving heirloom family photos, and sharing your treasured photos.

Also available in eBook.

How to Archive Family Keepsakes : Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia & Genealogy Records by Denise May Levenick

Presents advice on how to preserve and create a catalog of family heirlooms, organize genealogy records, and store family information on computer files.

Also available in eBook.

Digital Photography : An Introduction by Tom Ang

Learn how to capture, enhance, and transform your digital photographs taken with any camera, from phones to DLSRs with renowned photographer and teacher Tom Ang.

The Advanced Photography Guide : Expert Techniques to Take Your Digital Photography to the Next Level by David Taylor

A practical, visual guide to digital photography covers a comprehensive range of topics from experimenting with lenses, exposure and aperture to useful post-production techniques.

 


Upcoming Programs

Digiscrapping 101: Photos + Pages

Learn how to work with the photos on your phone. Make some quick edits with cropping and filters. Create beautiful, shareable scrapbook pages using apps like Project Life. Then, print them out to take home!

Jan. 30, 2019 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm | Heatherdowns

Feb. 27, 2019 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm | Holland

Apr. 09, 2019 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm | Birmingham

May 04, 2019 | 2:30pm – 4:00pm | West Toledo

 


Learn more about recording, preserving and sharing family memories

Record and Share Your Family History in 5 Steps
The New York Times

How to Preserve Your Family Memories, Letters and Trinkets
The New York Times

8 Ways to Preserve Your Family Memories
Next Avenue

Simple Steps to Preserve Your Precious Family Memories
Family Search

Beyond Scrapbooking: 5 Creative Ways To Preserve Your Family’s Memories
Joan Lunden

 

Originally posted by April S. on ToledoLibrary.org/blog/preserve-and-share-precious-family-memories

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