A Very Wet Day in Florence

A Very Wet Day in Florence

Recently, I was struggling with my street photography. It seemed to me I was not making any progress, or even that I was regressing and that I was not able to find any more interesting subjects and situations. Just when I was starting to think I was developing a semblance of style, it all suddenly evaporated and all I was getting was frustration.

But yesterday I went to Florence with some friends and the joy and enthusiasm of shooting street came back. At first, I was moving timidly and with a lot of uncertainty, but as the day progressed, I was feeling more and more confident.

Apparently, this is just what I needed to re-energize my street photography: a day spent, camera in hand, in a city invaded by a billion tourists, where everybody has a camera, a cellphone or a tablet in hand and nobody notices yet another person with a camera.

A place where people are goofy or do silly things, just because they’re doing what tourists do. Add rain to the mix and everything becomes much more interesting.

I am realizing more and more that I am drawn to humorous subjects. The goofier people behave, the more I am willing to photograph them. Is this the birthing of a more personal style? Only time will tell.

Thank god for a small camera, the Fuji X100s, that you can hold in one hand, while holding an umbrella in the other one.

What do you do when you find yourself in a similar situation, when you feel like a roadblock on the path to your creative realization? Join the conversation on Google+ or Facebook.

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There are 4 comments for this article
  1. Armando Martinez at 10:03 pm

    Nice Ugo. I’ve been out too in Denver and am jealous I can’t run to Florence to take some street pictures. I’m working on an exercise for the #We35 project right now swinging a big gun around instead of my x100. Its quite different.

  2. Dougie Hoser at 5:08 pm

    The main thing for me when I’m depressed or in a creative funk or am just convinced that an area is no good or the light is hopeless is to just force myself to start shooting ANYTHING. I know they will be unusable (although sometimes they turn out to be interesting and shareable), but forcing myself to try to see, frame, look for light, make technical decisions, and click creates a surge of adrenaline that will (usually) kick me out of my rut.

    If I’m really bad, I take my IR-converted body to see the world in a completely different way. 🙂

  3. Armando Martinez at 5:43 pm

    I like your comment Dougie about using the IR camera for a different view. Sometimes I will use a different lens than I typically use to force a new look at the same subject.