Street photography & Red wine

Street Photography & Red Wine.

What does street photography and red wine have in common with each other? Well, a lot, they’re both things that I hold close to my heart and each have levels of understanding that influence the way you appreciate them.

I think most of us that enjoy a nice glass of red wine can quickly determine whether the wine you’re drinking is a great glass of wine, or something bad.

Personally, I like big red wines, when living in France for two years I tasted many red wines (for research purposes obviously) and found that my favourite red wine region is Languedoc Roussillon in Southern France which produces the Syrah grape variety, or Shiraz.

 I know a little bit about the wine regions in France and could potentially score pretty well in a blind taste testing, but that’s where my knowledge ends. I would be totally lost if I had to describe a wine by its primary, secondary, tertiary aromas, tannins & acidity, but does that diminish my appreciation for the glass in my hand? I like to think not.

Photography is much the same, most of us know a great street photograph when we see one, we look at an image and instantly recognise that it’s something special, or the opposite. What about the primary, secondary, tertiary aromas, tannins & acidity within a photo? In photography language this could most likely be the rule of thirds, the golden ratio and others, and even though these are important in taking a photograph, they’re not vital to appreciate one.

Sure, the more knowledge you have on wine and photography, the more it can help you break them down into specific parts to base your critique on, but is this what made you enjoy them in the first place?

Unlike wine, everyone can shoot street photography. If you don’t know the rule of thirds or the golden ratio, and you have a strong interest of street photography, then you should research the masters of street photography who paved the way for this art form - William Klein, Irving Penn, Robert Doisneau, Brassai, Henri Cartier-Bresson and use them as a reference point. In this digital world the art that this group created is slowly fading away and even though digital allows us to take quick photos, we should be patient in our street photography, as patient as when enjoying a nice glass of red.

More on this in my next blog.

Now, grab a glass of wine and check them out, photography, like wine, is for everyone.