It's about time I compiled some of my street work from my travels earlier this year. In May, I drove down the Alaska Hwy to take a seasonal National Park Service job outside Yosemite in California. On the way, I took a few photos along the highways and in the cities, but it wasn't until my job was delayed and I spent some time with my great uncle Dan in LA that I really got into street photography. We traveled everywhere from back alleys in industrial areas to rich neighborhoods in Beverly Hills. It was a revelation. It also pushed me outside my comfort zone, which I firmly believe we all need to do now and then.
Most of these shots are candid---with little emphasis on the technical--while I chased fleeting moments in time. And most of them were shot with my little Ricoh GR (see self portrait, above). I'd like to try this type of photography again, as my first go at it was a big learning experience. Alas, it's hard to do in rural Alaska--but I can hardly complain--there are plenty of other photo opportunities here.
I hope you enjoy this set. Actually, "enjoy" might not be the right word for it. I hope you are moved in some way.
Note: I've added a part II. Check it out!
Finally, here is one in color to end the set:
All photos Copyright 2015 Shawn Biessel.