Street photography in West Coconut Grove – El Camino

Street Photography in West Coconut Grove - El Camino

Street Photography in West Coconut Grove – El Camino

It’s interesting how two things can collide at the same time….or how one will influence the next.  As I was wandering around West Coconut Grove the other day, I was thinking about the book I was reading the night before. It was a biography of the Beat generation author Jack Kerouac and the author described the “Beats” the downtrodden and the different connotations of that word.

So, when I saw this vintage, sad-looking Chevrolet El Camino sitting under this tree, it seemed “beat” to me i.e. it had seen better days.  But I also noticed the tires were still inflated so it’s still probably being used and is functional.  I hadn’t seen an El Camino in a long time so I Googled it. Chevrolet hasn’t made them since ’87 so this car has to be at least 28 years old and is still serving someone.

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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