In this new Street Tips segment of Street Focus, my good friend and L.A. based Photographer Ibarionex Perello offers 10 tips inspired by quotes from great photographers he admires.
Here are the quotes. I hope you enjoy the show!
Great work is always the result of great labor – Garry Winogrand.
If the background doesn’t work together with your main subject, you won’t have a good picture. – Mary Ellen Mark
My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport. – Steve McCurry
I find it particularly exciting when a picture evokes anything near that word, ‘mystery’. – Jeff Mermelstein
New images surround us everywhere. They are invisible only because of sterile routine convention and fear. – Lisette Model
A photographer’s main instrument is his eyes. Strange as it may seem, many photographers choose to use the eyes of another photographer, past or present, instead of their own. Those photographers are blind. – Manuel Alvarez Bravo
I am not interested in shooting new things – I am interested to see things new. – Ernst Haas
Like all photographers, I depend on serendipity… I pray for what might be referred to as the angel of chance. – Sally Mann
If the light is great in front of you, you should turn around and see what it is doing behind you. – Jay Maisel
I think the best pictures are often on the edges of any situation, I don’t find photographing the situation nearly as interesting as photographing the edges. – William Albert Allard
Going outside and meeting the challenge of taking what is and making it yours, that’s what photography does for me. It’s not the subject that interests me as much as my perception of the subject. – Roy DeCarava
I only know how to approach a place by walking. For what does a street photographer do but walk and watch and wait and talk, and then watch and wait some more, trying to remain confident that the unexpected, the unknown, or the secret heart of the known awaits just around the corner. – Alex Webb
Images by Ibarionex Perello