Chris Farling, United States
I started doing street photography in 2010, though the seeds were planted earlier. As someone who spent many years studying the saxophone and playing jazz music, I found it to be a natural fit for me as a solo pursuit. It is an art of listening (or observing) and discovering, an art of interaction and anticipation. As a bonus, you don’t have to get the “cats” together first (or pay them…). Just walk outside, and the continual scroll of the street in front of you is like a bass player that never gets tired, with people coming together in patterns that suggest harmony and visual stories revealing melodies.
To me, street photography has more in common with other improvisational arts than it does with other types of photography. As such, it is as much about enjoying the process and working at it as it is about the final results, with near-misses sometimes being more interesting than their more polished counterparts. Ultimately, I see street photography—despite its occasional rude manners—as an honest way of actively living in the world.