Street Focus 69: Q&A and Street Challenge

This week my guest co-host is Bob Patterson, the publisher of Street Photography magazine. Together we answer questions about blogging, whether or not street photographers should only shoot street and if street photography can be considered dangerous. Thank you @MyStreetPix, @barrowlone and Andy Murdoch for sending in your questions!

A few words about Bob Patterson:

I fell in love with photography at the age of 10 when I began to shoot  with my parent’s Brownie camera and develop film in my basement darkroom.  Early influences from the images in Life and Look magazines left a lasting impression that laid an early foundation for my interest in street and documentary photography.
About 10 years ago I took an online street photography course on Better Photo from Susan and Neil Silverman.  One of my fellow students was Joe Wigfall, a passionate street photographer from New York.   A few years later Joe went was named the New York street photographer of the year by WNYC.  It was Joe’s passion and encouragement lit a fire in me for street photography that continues to this day.
Today I own a web development business in Cleveland, Ohio that creates online courses and membership sites for content creators worldwide.  This led me to purchase a license for a platform that creates digital magazines  published in the Apple Newsstand.  I thought this would be a good platform for our clients to deliver training content to the iPad and wanted to be in the forefront.
When it came time to decide what the magazine was going to be about I was torn beween Street Photography or something specific to my business.  I was afraid to delve into photography because I didn’t feel I was  good enough to give others advice.  Then I listened to Ibarionex Perello on  the Candid Frame (episode 178) talk about his own fears about doing something new and how he overcame them.  It was exactly what I needed to hear at the time.  I made decision to create Street Photography Magazine and never looked back.  As they say “when the student is ready, the teacher appears.”
We’ve been publishing the magazine for almost three years.  It’s been the experience of a lifetime.


Links to Street Photography Magazine:

Article Submissions:

And the winners are…. The theme was The Human Element in the Urban Landscape
Bob’s choice: A photograph by Jan Lipton
©Jan Lipton

©Jan Lipton

Valerie’s choice: A photograph titled Levels by Neal Ritchie
©Neal Ritchie

©Neal Ritchie

Both winners will receive a subscription to Street Photography Magazine.

New Street Challenge: SILHOUETTES, please listen to the tips given on the show and enter a photograph by February 4th. Good luck!

Picks of the week:

Bob’s pick:

Valerie’s pick: Bill Cunningham New York A film by Richard Press

Samples of silhouettes by Valerie Jardin:

About The Author

Host, Street Focus

The day I picked up a camera I became a storyteller. I now live and breathe in pixels! After working as a commercial photographer for several years, I realized that my love for the craft could serve others. Sharing the passion is now where I focus all my energy through teaching international photo workshops, speaking at seminars, writing, blogging and now podcasting. I am also thrilled to be an X Photographer for Fujifilm USA. Although I photograph everything and anything that moves me, my passion for mankind drives me to shoot street photography every day. I thrive on searching the story in a single frame. Find my Street Photograph: First Steps and Beyond on my website!

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  • Roger S

    Hello, I am new to this forum and contest. My Silhouette is from Ft Benjamin Harrison St. Park in Indianapolis Indiana. this is my friend who had his his photo taken in a picnic pavilion. I like the mood. it sure was cold! Thank you. I hope my post works.
    From Roger ( Duskbat) 🙂

  • CRAusmus

    Bill Cunningham New York is available for free for Prime Members…Just an FYI. I’ve already added it to my watch list.

    • Valerie Jardin

      Even better! Thanks for letting us know. You will love it!

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  • Sheila Bodine

    Glad you enjoyed the video, Valerie.

    • Valerie Jardin

      Thank you Sheila!! 🙂

  • Ólafur Kiljan

    So i´m new here on the forum ( first time entry ) but have bin listening to the podcast for a while now.
    And I love it.
    This will be my entry into Silhouettes (2).

  • The Man With The Red Bag

    Great show!

    Here is my entry for the silhouettes challenge — I hope you like it.

  • Hi Valerie – here’s my entry for the Silhouettes challenge – taken in the City of London, right by the ‘Gherkin’ building. Great location, for various reasons – was just a case for waiting for the right person to walk on to the stage and into the picture!

    Thanks, again, for the regular podcasts, always enjoy them and always get something out of them


  • Michael Williams

    Hi all! Here is my entry of a snowboarder riding down Bear Mountain in Big Bear Lake California. Late in the day long shadows are present as well as the silhouetted riders making there way down the snowy mountainside. It was a fun day.

    • Jane Sheers

      Very good. Timing is every thing isn’t ti.

      • Michael Williams

        Thanks Jane, timing is big as well as putting yourself in a place where timing can be of importance.

  • Mark Farrington

    Little St. Mary’s Lane, Cambridge.

  • paul mcbride

    En route back from Nice, there is always something to see while you wait. Enjoying the podcasts, thank you

  • VisualSkelf

    Watching this couple watching the sun set. Perth Australia

  • The Waiting Room – Pisa Centrale railway station

  • Under the bleachers walking along the Seine River in Paris

  • Submission from pier in South Haven, Michigan.

  • Submission from South Haven, Michigan.

  • João Oliveira

    Thank you for another great podcast! Here’s my submission, taken on a train in Porto.

  • HansE

    Here is my entry for the silhouettes contest. Took this during my photo walk on Monday in Santa Ana, CA. Thank you Valerie for the great podcast!

  • Kevin Weinstein

    Incognito : Black pants, black shirt.

  • Rob Wareham

    silhouettes in the shade

  • Jan Sievers

    Love the show! This is my entry for the silhouettes challenge.

  • MontyMo

    As I was walking, I saw the cyclist approach. I walked out to the middle of the street to photograph her. I got this shot as she passed me.
    Monty Montgomery

  • Lindsey McCutchan

    Took this shot at the Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio. The exhibit is called “Spirit” and I captured a young man leaving the exhibit room silhouetted against the light of the doorway.

    • Jane Sheers

      What a strong image.

  • vincent bach

    Here is my entry for the challenge. taken today in Paris, left bank, near Saint-Michel

  • YnotStreet

    Here is my entry for SILHOUETTES challenge. I took the opportunity to shot while going to pick up some nappies from my local mall. With limited time to shoot now I parked as far as I could to the mall so that I could see if I could capture something while walking in. I saw this scene at the bus stop area. The light was the thing that drew me in.

  • Ken Goldman

    Here is a silhouette for this month’s challenge. I shot this in Lisbon at Praca do Comercio. overlooking the Tajo River. This young couple was posing for a photographer, so, as they posed, I took several shots as well…including this one

  • Paul Stearns

    My contribution to this month’s challenge. I shot this as I walked up a stairway going into an apartment building in Minneapolis, MN.

  • Jean-Pascal

    First contribution of a beginner in street photography. Small drizzle in Brittany near Rennes on last friday (France). With my tripod, I was shooting after dinner the ambiance of the streellights under drizzle. I was quiet and alone when my son has decided to dance slowly on purpose in front of my lens to bother me. He really doesn’t know how much he didn’t annoyed me !

  • Guillaume L

    Hi Valerie ! Here’s my Silhouette

  • Hello, here is my entry for the silhouettes challenge. This time in the right post!

    • Jane Sheers

      I just love this. I can’t decide what story to put to it though – sorrow, innocence or etherial.

      • Thanks Jane, that is what I love about photography : it is all about personal interpretation!

  • cristian alvarado

    Woman silhouette in the streets of Santiago.

  • Hey Valerie,

    great show as always.
    I love the topic of this month challange as i love silhouttes.
    This one was the last picture i took in 2015. New Year’s Eve in a small town in southern germany. I hope you like it 🙂

  • Johan Bjärnström

    Hey! Here is my entry to this months challenge. It is shot in Stockholm on my early morning walk to work. Hope you like it!

  • Keith Johnson

    I saw this group playing volley ball and thought it would fit the challenge.

  • Robert Coakley

    A different type of ‘street’ silhouette

  • Jan Lipton

    Street Challenge: SILHOUETTES
    Boys enjoying the beach life – Elba, Italy
    Fuji X100s

  • Robin Wallin

    Silhouettes from a foggy morning in Lund, Sweden.

    Love the show!

  • Judy

    Thanks, Valerie, for your ongoing series of great ideas! A silhouette is attached.

  • Maurice Vliegen

    Hi Valerie, thanx for keeping my photo fire going. My silhouette is only half the man but still I like the scene.

  • James Hyatt

    Hi Valerie, great show as always. Love the passion you obviously have for street photography and the fun conversations you have with fellow photographers.

    Great challenge and I do love a silhouette shot. Here is my photo from Westminster Bridge on a very sunny day in London (we do not get many of these)

  • Janka Estocinova

    Hi all! Here is my entry! A silhouette of a man with a hat in Bonn, Germany.

  • Guest

    Silhoutte entry. Our Mardis krewe float has a life sized Clydesdale horse mascot at the front. When we finished the parade on Saturday we noticed this silhoutte of the horse on a downtown Galveston building.

  • Biljana Michel


    • James Hyatt

      Such a fabulous image Biljana. The light is wonderful and helps create both the silhouette and framing of your subject. Top work

      • Biljana Michel

        Thank you very much James!

  • Patrice Heylighen

    Walkers on the brigde. Belgium.

  • Brian Boyce

    Silhouette entry. Taken in london after a workshop with Kevin Mullin. My favourite from a series of images

  • CRAusmus

    Silhouette Entry. Taken in Ft. Worth at the Kimbell Art Museum.

    When They Meet…

  • HansE

    This is an “extra” since I entered the contest earlier. Stopped during lunch yesterday in Long Beach, CA and caught this silhouette of a lone cyclist on the beach. Thanks for the inspiration, Valerie!

  • Loved the question about shooting other types of photography – and your answers! …..shooting SP has made me a better overall photographer – shoot what you love!
    For the challenge… Behind the Bleachers captured at a county fair.

  • Magali

    Hi Valérie, here’s my contribution for the “silhouette” challenge. This picture was taken in Cádiz, Spain.

  • Hi Valerie. Greatings from Norrköping in Sweden. My contribution, a morning picture from last november. It’s a view over the eiffeltower (obviously), taken from Trocadero.

  • Hello Valérie, here is my contribution. A commuter at the Uppsala train station in Sweden.

  • Subway nights 🙂

  • jose luis costa

    just arrived

  • Andrew Hyde

    Think it’s this way!

  • Andrew Hyde

    This way…

    • HansE

      Neat image, Andrew!

  • Here’s my submission for the silhouette street challenge! Taken at Lincoln Center in NYC.

  • jimmy lee (streets_a_head)

    Silhouette challenge

  • Jane Sheers


  • Valerie Jardin

    The contest is closed. Thank you!