Street View Photography’s Top 10: Color Photography
Have you ever experienced taking a street shot in color and while processing it discovered, how it turns into the proverbial gold, once you press the ”Convert to Greyscale” button..? Or perhaps you’ve shown the color version to some of your photo buddies and they’d say: hmmm, why don’t you try it in black&white…? The photo might have been just average, sure – or it could be an example of how stereotypes are born; stereotypes attempting to convince us, that street & color just aren’t right for each other – as some seem to believe. The selection below proves them wrong. Whether the powerful tool of color is applied to subtly enhance a point to be made or it nearly jumps at you out of the picture, loud and strong – some street photo stories couldn’t exist without it. Let us take you through the top 10 of such stories.
#10 : by Gabi Ben Avraham
The different colors of the walls/(doors?) give each of them a sort of a distinctive personality, effectively highlighting the anonymity of the women, wrapped in black.
#09 : by Jianwei Yang
A great composition of two red and two black umbrellas, side by side in an almost absolute symmetry, chasing a soaked through stranger. Entitled: “Follow him!” by the photographer.
#08 : by Po-Ying Lin
While the flow of the people creates a great gathering of different colors, the slow shutter speed lets them all mix together – resembling a living palette in the hand of a talented painter. Entitled: “ People Flow ” by the photographer.
#07 : by Eduardo González
A very innovative approach to a motive, which can otherwise easily be considered too trivial. Maybe all it takes to reach the end of a rainbow, is an open mind and a different perspective? Entitled “Marcha de la Diversidad, Monterrey, México….” by the photographer.
#06 : by Filipe Correia
Working with a single color is a great way to go in street photography – for example, if you can spot it on different objects (at the same time…). Moreover, the lines of the columns harmonize beautifully with the woman’s silhouette, while the fog adds a touch of mystery to the situation. Entitled: “The same color” by the photographer.
#05 : by Bettina Thieme
Another single-colored example: as the red coat makes its way through the walls of water, the color ensures the perfect dynamic for this shot – full of expression and energy. Entitled: “wet” by the photographer.
#04 : by Vladimir Rogovoy
Simplicity is key – a combination of two primary colors and geometrical shapes creates a well balanced, optimistic background for the intriguing story of that little shadow of a girl.
#03 : by Dev Jangid
The picture not only reflects the culture of Rajasthan, India’s most exotic state, exploding with colors – it also composes the colors into a symmetrical weave of stairs, creating a quite an enchanting sight. Entitled “Color of Rajasthan” by the photographer.
#02 : by Miguel Oliveira
An orgy of colors truly captures the unbridled emotions of the photographed event! Entitled “Color Run” by the photographer.
#01 : by Thorsten Schnorrbusch
Who could possibly hold back a smile, looking at this flawlessly composed portrait of innocence, exploring the world of colors? Entitled “Need some more Red, Blue and Green?” by the photographer.
These are our Top 10: Color. We are living in the world with beautiful, gorgeous, vibrant and numerous colors, spread all around us in the city, round the corner of the street, on the clothes that people wear, anywhere – try to capture them and paint your frame with colors. And if you already have a few of them, please share them below in the comment section.
This content was created by the Street View Photography community – for the community of Street Photographers.
Image Selection: Francisco Fernandes
Writing, Editing: Agnieszka Maria Malmkvist
Technical Production: Silver Stalin