ON STREET PHOTOGRAPHY - A CANDID EXHIBIT AND DISCUSSION ON SP | ERIN BRENNAN PHOTOGRAPHY

 Ca Fe Sinh To | Hanoi, Vietnam

Ca Fe Sinh To | Hanoi, Vietnam

 

I have a fondness for street photography that borders on obsession. I love wandering the streets of a new (or even familiar) city with my camera in hand, taking photos that each have a story to tell. Exploring winding alleyways and bustling markets and savory street food carts. I relish the time spent sitting at a sidewalk cafe or coffee shop or food stall, sometimes hours ticking past, just people watching. Taking it all in. Hoping to see what others might miss. Savoring each second. 

To someone who doesn't see the world as an infinite succession of magical moments strung together - beautiful, heartbreaking, blissful, painful, exciting, and yet somehow also tedious - this obsession will make little sense. To most, the time that I put into capturing that one perfect moment might seem like a waste. The energy poured into the memorialization of a single instant in time may appear to be squandered. But what they don't understand is the vision. The watching, the waiting, the imagination, and the infinite possibility that goes into a single photograph. It is so much more than the click of the shutter. Each photograph tells a story. Sometimes, more than one.

 
 Guay Tiew Reua (Boat Noodles) | Bangkok, Thailand

Guay Tiew Reua (Boat Noodles) | Bangkok, Thailand

 

So it is the story behind the photo that I strive to capture in my work. The story of an individual life, of a way of life, of particular place. That is what I see in each photo I take - not just the 1/200th of a second of time immortalized in the photograph itself- but an entire story that stretches onward and backward through time. 

With that said, I hope that you will join me on June 1 from 5:00 - 9:00 PM for the opening of On Street Photography - A candid exhibit and discussion on SP at First Light Gallery in Louisville, KY. I am thrilled to have had photos selected for this exhibition of street photography by local and regional artists. I have seen several of the pieces already, and I am excited and honored that my work will be handing alongside that of such talented and passionate photographers. When you see the photographs, especially in print, I urge you to think about the stories that are being woven, the histories, and the possibilities.