Snowy train Station in Berlin, 2021
Snowy train Station in Berlin, 2021
Snowy train Station in Berlin, 2021

Visual intent is a must-have mentality of a street photographer when out looking for a good shot.

Your intention helps you discover the moments when you can capture a shot that is worth keeping.


Figure in the Berlin night , Sean P. Durham, Berlin, Copyright
Figure in the Berlin night , Sean P. Durham, Berlin, Copyright
Sean P. Durham, Berlin, Copyright

Berlin is a city that people visit for a weekend, a week maybe, a friend told them to come and stay a few days — ‘it’s such an interesting city, you’ve got to experience it.’ So, you feel the pull of the offer, and go.


Building in a snowy cityscape
Building in a snowy cityscape
Photo by Ryan De Hamer on Unsplash

“The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.”
-Robert Doisneau

Walk into the Unexpected City


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Stubbs and I hanging out together

Living with a cat or any pet is an exceptional experience. Cats don’t do anything you tell them, they don’t even take suggestions. In the photo above is Stubbs and I.

Often, animals won’t show you that they are in pain. They don’t moan about pain, or howl and bicker the whole time.


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Photo by Jayson Hinrichsen on Unsplash

Street photography, call it Candid Photography if you like, or simply, Photography, is a bit stressy as it is, but with the Covid-19 Virus problems of Lockdowns and stay at home orders, it can be worse than ever to find a decent human subject on the streets of your city.


Quiet place to watch and relax
Quiet place to watch and relax
Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

Curiosity opens doors to other worlds. And it’s always up to us how deep we venture into those worlds. It could be good, it could be bad. That depends on our own attitude.

The Idea


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The attack on the Capitol Building of the USA was inspired by lies. The constant repetition of negative anecdotes about neighbours, made up stories of drug lords entering the country, pizza parlours that harbour paedophiles, and a Democratic Party that, apparently, has hidden agendas to destroy the American way of life. Absurdities.


Woman in the crowd. Image copyright; Sean P. Durham, Berlin, 2019
Woman in the crowd. Image copyright; Sean P. Durham, Berlin, 2019

Life is a simple thing that we give meaning to. All the activities in the world, the actions that people repeat daily, are about people putting meaning into life. Unfortunately, life has no map, or pre-planned handbook that will show the way forwards.


Winston Churchill with false quote
Winston Churchill with false quote
Winston the Metal Freak

The art of digital photography is always disputed as an idea of thinking about photography. Digital has changed the meaning of a photograph and probably has more of an impact on our lives than we at first realize.

An image and memory are two very different things.


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Getting out into your city to take city street photographs is as much enjoyment and fun as any time of the year.

About

Sean P. Durham

Berlin Notes — Writing about the Creative Art of Living http://seandurham.eu

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