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  • Writer's pictureAbhishek Deb

Does street photography make you a better person?

Photo Ⓒ Victor Shohet
Photo Ⓒ Victor Shohet

Let’s face it: the world is a beautiful, enchanting place. But sometimes, when you’re at work or out with friends, you may still feel missing out on what makes the world so exciting and impressive. Street Photography is a wonderful choice of lens to find out those missed moments and pieces of life.

And this is where street photography comes in. Street photographers are often those who can’t sit still in one spot and take photos of something every day for an entire year. Instead, they travel around the world capturing all kinds of amazing things—a single moment in time that will never happen again!

But for those who aren’t willing or able to do that kind of traveling and don’t want to miss out on exploring their surroundings, there are ways to get a taste of what it’s like without having to leave your hometown.

One simple way is by taking pictures of things around you—for example, if you live near a park or a public beach or just have some nice-looking trees nearby, then go ahead and see what’s going on there!

Street photography can be a powerful tool for personal growth and development. While it may not necessarily make someone a “better” person in a moral sense, it can certainly help them become more aware, empathetic, and appreciative of the world around them.

One of the primary benefits of street photography is that it allows us to see the world through someone else’s eyes. By capturing candid images of people going about their daily lives, we gain a deeper understanding of the human experience and the various challenges and joys that come with it. This increased awareness and empathy can help us become more compassionate, understanding individuals, which can certainly be seen as a positive trait.

As we grow older, we start to see ourselves through the eyes of others. We begin to realize that we’re not as special or unique as we thought. It can be hard to accept this, but it’s important to remember that your life is unique—and it’s a reflection of who you are, not who you were or will be.

Photo Ⓒ Abhishek Deb

Street photography is one way to capture a moment in time, a slice of life that allows us all to see how we’ve changed over time and how our lives have evolved. It’s also a way for us to remember our youthful days; when we were just starting out and trying to figure things out for ourselves.

Photo Ⓒ Kevin Unger

Additionally, street photography requires a certain level of attentiveness and mindfulness. In order to capture meaningful images, photographers must be fully present in the moment, taking in their surroundings and noticing the smaller details that might otherwise go unnoticed. This kind of mindfulness can be incredibly beneficial for mental health and well-being, as it helps us stay grounded and focused.

Photo Ⓒ Kevin Unger
Photo Ⓒ Kevin Unger

Street photography helps us look back at ourselves with compassion and understanding. It helps us feel connected with people who are different from us in some way, which can be especially helpful when those differences come from being different sizes or having different skin tones than ourselves.Street photography is a great way to develop personal skills and improve your composition.

Photo Ⓒ Goutam Maiti

When you take photographs in public spaces, you’re forced to think about what makes an image effective. You might be thrown off by the unexpected angles of your subject or the unusual light that illuminates them. This can make you more aware of your surroundings, which is a worthwhile exercise!

Photo Ⓒ Victor Shohet

However, it is important to note that street photography can also be controversial and may raise ethical concerns. Some people may feel uncomfortable with having their photo taken without their consent, and there is a risk of perpetuating stereotypes or exploiting vulnerable individuals. It is crucial for photographers to approach the practice with sensitivity and respect for the people they are photographing.

What are you waiting for? Pick up your camera! Whatever you may have. That smartphone, that point & shoot, or that DSLR who scares the hell out of you in manual mode. Pick it up because unless you click more and more and more you would miss out on a lot in this wonderful life on this wonderful planet.

Start clicking now and send your images to us later!

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