My interest in street photography came over a year after I started photography and it happened more by chance or accident than anything else. I was beginning to get extremely bored shooting the typical nature, wildlife, and flower shots and was looking for something more. I realized then that photography was most likely not going to be a profession for me but stay where is should, a passion.
I began wanting more from my images, I wanted them to feel different than the others I shot and have a connection to them. I switched my interest to shooting urban photography and at the same time begain experimenting much more in black and white photography. I was instantly drawn into these new images; they had a rawness and grittiness that I hadn't seen before. They had a soul, and I liked it.
As I continued down this path I again became restless with my images. Although, I loved the raw, grittiness of the images I was getting, everytime I reviewed my images something felt missing; a better subject. I realized that the raw, grittiness of the city made for a very strong base in a picture and provided excellent compositional help but it still needed a main subject to draw the viewer in, it didn't quite have the soul of an image yet.
My transition into street photography was something of an accident. I was out walking aimlessly around looking to be inspired, when I was walking through a tunnel and took this photo.
I actually didn't think to much of the photo when taking it. In truth I was trying to work on practicing photographing in difficult lighting situations. I didn't really realize the magnitude of this picture on me until I got home and reviewed it. As soon as I saw it, I fell in love with it.
Granted this is not my best composed image but it had the thing I had been lacking in my photography. The photo had a story to tell the viewer; it had a soul.
This single image turned my focus into street photography and created the seed for streetogrOFFY to begin to grow.
From this point on I began pouring over street photography blogs, street photography flickr groups, and websites of well known street photographers. I was a sponge and I wanted to soak up as much information as I possibly could. Some of the information I found harsh, and didn't agree with; but I read it anyways. I was new to this discpline and wanted all opinions and sides. I knew I could make my own judgements on the different subjects as I became more experienced in street photography.
So here I stand today; streetogrOFFY has grown from that seed of an idea a forumn to document my growth as a street photographer from the beginning going forward.