from the hip

from the hip

Street photography has always been extremely alluring to me; it's like a safari and scavenger hunt all in one. Sometimes you get nothing, sometimes there's too much to shoot at once. It is immensely spontaneous and often not rewarding in the way you intended. There's no commitment, and you don't really need anything; all you need to do is observe.

Due to street photography's mass accessibility with higher-quality cameras in phones as well as lower-cost cameras, street photography has become somewhat en vogue and diluted with material that is embarrassingly cliché or is not actually street photography (ie: there are no posed photos in street photography). Street photography is about authenticity, not contrived juxtaposition or interaction with the subject.

There are many ways to approach street photography. This project is titled after one of my favorite styles of shooting, which is, shooting from the hip. The term from the hip is pretty self-explanatory—the photographer doesn't need to look through a viewfinder or at a display to see what they are taking. They can set the camera to the appropriate exposure for the conditions and manually focus to a depth they anticipate they will be from intended subjects, then use intuition and experience to frame each shot.

You may notice a lot of these photos are from Berlin, which is an excellent city for street photography due to its diversity, extensive public transportation and a relatively high population density. I also love Asian cities, particularly Bangkok and Shanghai for similar reasons...and have similar work I will put up soon.

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from the hip - Brian Gooding - omgrafitti
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from the hip - Brian Gooding - mr-important
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from the hip - Brian Gooding - wankers-twats
from the hip - Brian Gooding - creepy-fuck
from the hip - Brian Gooding - subway-practice
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from the hip - Brian Gooding - im-underground
from the hip - Brian Gooding - Balzac-guy
from the hip - Brian Gooding - street-energy-Berlin