As a street photographer, every once in a while you come across a true character. You know, the kind of person you will always remember, someone with flair, personality. Hurricane Howard is one of those people. I was almost finished for the day doing street photography and was about to go get an afternoon Cuban coffee cortadito but I noticed this guy sitting in his truck talking with two other guys sitting in chairs on a front lawn.
As I approached the truck, I noticed the name of his business written on the side of the door: “Hurricane Howard” — and I instantly knew this gentleman would be one of “those” people. We talked for about 20 minutes and Howard explained that he did tree work, stump removal, landscaping, etc. But then he went on to describe his other name “Help Me Howard.” To learn what he means by this, watch the quick video shown below.
Encyclopedia Britanica’s definition of street photography:
“Street photography, a genre that records everyday life in a public place. The very publicness of the setting enables the photographer to take candid pictures of strangers, often without their knowledge. Street photographers do not necessarily have a social purpose in mind, but they prefer to isolate and capture moments which might otherwise go unnoticed.”
Wikipedia’s definition of street photography:
“Street photography is photography that features the human condition within public places and does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban environment. The subject of the photograph might be absent of people and can be an object or environment where the image projects a decidedly human character in facsimile or aesthetic.
Framing and timing are key aspects of the craft, with the aim of creating images at a decisive or poignant moment. Much of what is now widely regarded, stylistically and subjectively, as definitive street photography was made in the era spanning the end of the 19th Century through to the late 1970s; a period which saw the emergence of portable cameras. The portable camera enabled candid photography in public places became an issue of discussion. Street photographers create fine art photography (including street portraits) by capturing people in public places, often with a focus on emotions displayed, thereby also recording people’s history from an emotional point of view. Social documentary photographers operate in public places documenting people and their behavior in public places for recording people’s history and other purposes. Services like Google Street Viewalso record the public place at a massive scale. Photojournalists work in public places, capturing newsworthy events, which may include people and private property visible from public places.”
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