Monday, 20 August 2007

Negotiating with chance...

The pursuit of fleeting moments of visual order is central to what street photography is about, but I'm increasingly convinced that capturing them is as much about editing as it is anything else – it's about knowing what to look for after the event as well as during the event.

Willy Ronis, the French street photographer has said of his own approach, "I negotiate with chance". It remains one of my favourite statements about street photography technique - but it also makes me realise just how bloody good you have to get before chance will be negotiated with.

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