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Forget the rules, street photography is whatever floats your boat

Is it street photography if the person you’re taking a picture of is in a boat?

If you Google “What is street photography?” you’ll find an endless discussion on what is and what isn’t street photography. Some people insist that street photography has to be a candid moment, while others say it doesn’t necessarily have to be candid, it just can’t be posed. Others insist the photo has to be taken in a public place, while others have an even stricter criteria that it be an urban setting.

While this picture, which I took at last weekend’s Dragon Boat Festival in DC, has some elements of street photography — it’s a candid, unposed picture taken in a public place — it probably doesn’t qualify as classic street photography because the people in it are participating in an athletic competition, meaning they have a reasonable expectation that their picture is going to be taken.

But if you’re just starting out in street photography, throw all those definitions and rules out the window. Just go out and take pictures of people in public places.

Featured image by Joe Newman.

Joe Newman

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

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