Unveiling my new street photography blog

Lately, I’ve started thinking I’d like to be a street photographer — so much so that I’ve even started curating my black and white photography at a new blog, www.BlackandWhiteEffects.com.

It’s pretty funny considering just last summer I was thinking I’d like to be a landscape photographer, the polar opposite of a street photographer.

The thing I like most about landscape photography was also a strong argument against me becoming a street photographer. You don’t have to worry about interacting with people in landscape photography, something very appealing to the introvert in me. On the other hand, the thought of approaching strangers in the street and getting in their faces with a camera has always made me break into a cold sweat.

Yet, here I am, thinking I’d like to be, for lack of a better description, a street photographer.

If you check out my new street photography blog, you’ll see a lot of photos that I’ve taken over the last eight years, most of them published for the first time in black and white.

I still think I’ve got a ways to go before I actually become completely comfortable stalking the streets with my camera but I’d like to give it try. The payoff — photos that freeze everyday folks in the middle of doing something absolutely normal — is worth the effort.

The photo at the top of the page is one I took in San Francisco in 2011. I’ve posted the color version on my blog before and it has been featured as a Gadling Photo of the Day. There was probably a high amount of luck involved since I took a couple frames and one just happened to capture the guy with the umbrella at the decisive moment.

Joe Newman

I'm Joe Newman, multi-media story teller, non-profit do-gooder, international street photographer, serious poker player, intrepid traveler. Bourbon drinker.

  • Paul Donohoe

    December 25, 2013 at 2:34 am

    Nothing beats street photography does it? I like your umbrella image. I never think about “luck” having anything to do with it really. Nor should you in this case. I often say, well always really LOL, there are no ordinary moments, so it’s our job to be fully there, “of the street” is another thing i like to say (I like to say a lot haha). Good luck with the street, it’s fun, important and fulfilling I find.

    • Joe Newman

      December 28, 2013 at 12:21 pm

      Thanks, Paul. I do agree that we often make our own “luck.” Really appreciate the comment.

  • Ed King

    December 26, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Joe ! Congrats on the street photography blog. I know for me I’ve been labeled a seascape photographer but I also enjoy so many other aspects of photography. I have been a big fan of street photography for many years, I think good street photography is an excellent way to have a photograph speak with very few words. This image is fantastic and I’m off to check out more !!!

    Best wishes for 2014

    • Joe Newman

      December 28, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      Thanks, Ed. I do enjoy all kinds of photography, so I don’t know if I could label myself as any one thing in particular, especially since I’ve still got a lot to learn about photography in general.

  • Helen

    January 1, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Congrats, Joe! A worthy project for a talented photographer like yourself 🙂