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There is a secret to be found on the street. Many people never discover it, they don’t see it because they don’t look for it. It’s the secret that gives meaning to our everyday lives. For that to happen you have to get involved, take action. Go out onto the street with your camera and take a lot of photos.

Street Photography has been around for a long time. Most people believe it started back in the 1950s, or the 1970s, but in fact, it just depends on how you view street photography and what you think it really is.

Paul Strand, the New York street photographer took a photograph of a blind woman with a sign hanging from her neck, “BLIND — Licensed Peddler “, in 1916, the photograph, black and white and taken candidly to get the most natural shot Paul Strand could accomplish on a busy street, caught the attention of Walker Evans, a photographer who was out looking for something to jolt his thoughts into something new and interesting. …

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Take a walk through the graveyard these days, and you might get hit by a cyclist. I thought graveyards were places to go and find peace. A place to slow down and think, reflect on life and death, read headstones that give hints to who lies beneath those sods of earth, or find a name the reflects a person’s past life.

I never thought I’d see the day when people lacked respect for relatives who visit the grave of their loved ones. These days they have to watch out they don’t get hit or clipped by a roving bike rider. Narrow pathways and overhanging branches don’t make for good cycling, people standing on these pathways silently pondering a gravestone need to keep their ears open.

Cyclists use the graveyard to make a quick passage through, bypassing the traffic on the nearby road, they then exit at the other end and save themselves about thirty seconds travelling time.

When walking along the city streets these days you have to keep your wits about you. Always listening out for the metallic crunch of an eighteen geared mountain bike ploughing through pedestrian traffic. …

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People telling stories has been a form of meaningful communication for us since the cave paintings of Lascaux Caves in the Pyrenees Mountains in southern France were discovered by a group of children in the 1940s.

The paintings depict animals interacting with humans. This is a narrative idea, that could lead to a solid story.

Narrative is the breadcrumbs of a tale, a yarn that draws us along a set path that the storyteller wants us to focus on.


The story is the plot and its parts. …


Sean P. Durham

Berlin Notes — Writing about the Creative Art of Living

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