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Getting Assaulted With Street Photography

Here is a rather amusing video of photographer Fabio Pires out of London. Fabio is a street photographer who shoots spontaneous photos off the cuff. Unlike the video we featured of Clay Enos’s street setup, Fabio’s approach is more in your face, candid, and potentially more risky.

In Fabio’s opinion, the best shots come from strange and interesting people who aren’t expecting to have their photo taken. I dunno, maybe in England this isn’t frowned upon as much as it is in the United States? But do that in the parts of the world and you will get you top teeth knocked in or even shot with a Canon, and I am not speaking in the photography terms here.

Pires claims that he looks for ‘different’ people but it seems like the only ‘different’ people that he is able to see are the homeless and ethnic minorities, perhaps if he opened his eyes and held his camera properly he would find that London has some of the most interesting characters of anywhere in the world.One of the funniest parts of this video, if you could call it that, maybe sad would be more appropriate is that he compares himself to Gilden, a legendary street photographer, and then says he is more of a perfectionist than Gilden….Yeah, ok.

Bruce Gilden spent years perfecting a style that is all of his own, he has an ability to bring out certain aspects of peoples characters through his work, and in terms of technique, he is excellent.Street photography has taken a beating over the years, nowhere more so than the UK, where it seems that even having a camera on the street labels you as a pedo or a terrorist, and this idiot has done nothing to help that.

An important aspect of street photography is being able to interact with your surroundings and with the people that you come across, and in some cases to disarm them, with a cheeky grin or a charming “thank you”. Something which I did not see him do once.I post this video for educational purposes, things you should not do when taking street photos. Watch, learn and then go out and take some real pictures.

Right, I am off to watch some Gilden and some Koudelka, real photographers, who can take pictures that make you heart beat and your soul jump.

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