I used to be fascinated by sports photography. Looking at how motion could be frozen and recorded in a millisecond at such culminating moments of human physical abilities at their best, it was breathtaking. Now I think I'm doing something similar with street photography, as if the street is the arena, every person is an athlete competing in a game called life, and I'm here to capture the fleeting moments of life. What's even better is street photography is a sport itself. Street photographers stand, walk, get on their knees from time to time or even run when it's necessary, also constantly looking and thinking like playing a chess game, and they compete with each other with their photos. It pretty much matches the definition of sport. Now all of sudden I'm almost doing sports photography and participating in a sport at the same time. Isn't that awesome? I think this's one of the reasons why it's so much fun to me.
Street photography in a way is about striking a balance between perfection and imperfection. Every street photo has some sort of flaw from extremely minor to terribly major. No street photos are perfect or else most of us would have lost interest in doing it. The beauty of this game is that you're forever tantalized to get the perfect photo from this moment to the next so you keep on trying. Imagine if every shot you take was perfect, there wouldn't be any point of trying harder. We choose to do street photography because we want to be challenged. And the moment we sign up for this, we have already accepted imperfection. However, the tolerance of imperfection will decrease as we push ourselves to get better and better, closer and closer to either the publicly recognized definition of perfection or your own.
My own definition of perfection in street photography is compositionally clever and aesthetic, cinematically stunning, plus a unique special moment that somehow triggers the viewer's feelings or emotions immediately, effectively and memorably. I don't have such a perfect photo and don't think I'll ever get one but as long as I live, I'll keep working towards it.
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