Street Photography: Timelessness

Photo: Willem Jonkers - Click to enlarge

Sometimes I wonder if my photography is timeless. Looking at shots from fellow photographers, I ask myself that same question about their shot. What does make a street photo timeless? A very difficult subject to me and especially a hard question to answer about my own 8mm street shots. As far as I know there haven't been street photographers around in the past to which I can compare my own style of street photography. So will it be timeless? Here I show you some of my 'normal' photography along with some 8mm work. You decide... Also I have the pleasure to show some work from other photographers whom I think delivered some marvelous work.

When is a street photograph timeless?

Looking at photography from Vivian Maier or Henry Cartier Bresson, that is story telling. Those images are still famous and therefor timeless. It could very well be that very popular shots from todays photographers do not stand that test of time. In my humble opinion, for a photograph to be timeless there has to be a clear subject and the context where the subject is moving around in has to be clear. Also the viewer should be able to correlate their own life experiences with what is shown on the photograph. After all, street photography is documenting life as it is in our times for future generations to see. Context and/or a story is a necessity to keep it interesting for those future generations.

Photo: Willem Jonkers - Click to enlarge

Nowadays I see a lot of people trying to copy the Bresson style with the so called 'decisive moment' shots. People jumping over a pool and what not. Like I mentioned in one of my earlier blogs, there's nothing wrong with being inspired by another photographer, but don't try to copy. If you want to do the same thing, you'd better be much better then the one who inspires you. That's a path you shouldn't take I think. Try to be inspired, but develop your own style within that inspiration so people will recognize your work as authentical and not as a wanna be HCB. If the latter is the case, your photography will be forgotten quickly. 

Am I developing my own style? Judging by the reactions and many interviews I've got this year, I'd like to think so. Is that style timeless? Well there is definitely context to be found in my 8mm street photography. Are there stories? No, often not... I'm not much into that artistical justification of my photography. I just do what I like to do. I photograph for me. I just walk the streets and click whenever I see something that could be interesting within my 8mm frame. That click happens on an intuitive basis. Only time can tell if this style can survive the test of time.

Photo: Willem Jonkers - Click to enlarge

Below some photographs from other photographers from our time. These are great and inspiring photographers to me which I think have their own style and have a good chance of passing the test of time.

Photo: Mark Brown - Click to enlarge

Photo: Mark Brown - Click to enlarge

Photo: Fred Vasquez - Click to enlarge

Photo: Fred Vasquez - Click to enlarge

Photo: Sean Pomposello - Click to enlarge

Photo: Sean Pomposello - Click to enlarge

Photo: Elizabeth Char - Click to enlarge

Photo: Elizabeth Char - Click to enlarge

Photo: Steven Gonzalez - Click to enlarge

Photo: Steven Gonzalez - Click to enlarge

Photo: Sandra Jonkers - Click to enlarge

Photo: Sandra Jonkers - Click to enlarge

Photo: Molly Porter - Click to enlarge

Photo: Molly Porter - Click to enlarge

Will your photography be timeless? An important question but difficult to answer... Maybe it's time to take a hard look at it once more ;)

Where To Find The Shown Photographers?

Mark Brown

Freddy Vasquez
Sean Pomposello
Elizabeth Char
Steven Gonzalez
Sandra Jonkers
Molly Porter

 

Thank you all for your continuous support and appreciation for my photography the past year andI wish you all very happy holidays and a healthy, happy and creative 2016! 

See you next year...

Willem