Street photography is somehow one of the major disciplines of photography. It is, to some extent, hard to give an exact definition of it. But we can describe street photography as photography dealing with public places. More accurately, it concentrates on the people and their activities within the streets and public places.
So, the street is, in fact, more of a setting than the subject of the photos. It is the stage where life events take place and where the people interact with each other as well as with the photographer.
Below is a set of some recent B&W street photos taken at random places in my hometown, Singapore.
A street scene in Bugis Village / Queen Street vicinity. This "Trishaw Uncle” located outside Albert Centre Market and Food Centre is a term of endearment for the trishaw riders who in the yesteryears comprised mainly labourers who formed the early backbone of Singapore’s labour force. Trishaw Uncle pays tribute to all trishaw riders, for providing transport services rain or shine, from the time before cars, buses and trains.
In fact, these trishaws are mostly meant for tourists's leisure and curious rides.
Instead of joining the busy crowd at the bustling day market, two elderly men chose to relax on a bench, a way to catch up with good old days.
Above is a pic of a street vendor at a local bustling day market selling Taiwan reading glasses for people who have 老花眼. Hmm, that makes me wonder whether is it true that a lot of Taiwanese people suffer from common presbyopia (老花眼)?
Welcome to Ali BaBa Eating House !! At the corner unit of a row of possibly pre-war shophouses at the junction of East Coast Road and Joo Chiat Road. What caught my attention when i walked past this eatery place is its signboard name. Sounds like one will get 'rich' by walking into this Ali BaBa 'treasure place'.
Street photography is really an art of patience. You can pass hours waiting for the photo you have in mind to happen and you must be ready to capture the moment once it occurs. :-)
These B&W street photos are part of my ongoing ever captured Black & White Street Photography in Asia portfolio and they can also be viewed at my Flickr photostream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jenniferteophotography/