JOSHUA K. JACKSON (@joshkjack)

JOSHUA K. JACKSON

🚶 Follow me on the streets of London 📧 Projects, art prints & workshops: [email protected]

http://www.joshkjack.com/

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Forever chasing a timeless aesthetic in a modern world

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Book recommendation: 'American Colour' 1962–1965 by Tony Ray-Jones. Sadly he died in 1972 aged 30, but over his ten year career he exerted an enormous influence on British photography

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Time is often the best editor. How you perceive your work the day after you photograph is very different from a week later, and significantly different from three weeks later - or three months. Time helps get rid of those sentimental attachments to a photograph: "I really liked this person I photographed so the picture must be good" or "I worked very hard on this picture so it must be successful". Time gives you the distance necessary to see the work more clearly. —Alex Webb

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The easiest way to stand out is to shoot the same things in different ways

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No matter how advanced your camera you still need to be responsible for getting it to the right place at the right time and pointing it in the right direction to get the photo you want.—Ken Rockwell

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The most important lens you have is your legs. –Ernst Haas

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Slowing down is the best way to speed up your progress

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Thanks to everyone that joined our street photography workshop yesterday. @sixstreetunder and I were really impressed by how quickly you all overcame 'the fear' and applied the key techniques. I'm excited to see your photos from the day and how you progress over the coming months #streetsacademy

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Light and colour

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Open all hours

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The moment always dictates in my work. What I feel, I do. This is the most important thing for me. Everybody can look, but they don't necessarily see. I never calculate or consider; I see a situation and I know that it's right, even if I have to go back to get the proper lighting. —André Kertész

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I shared a video of me composing and taking this photo on Stories yesterday. Decided to go down the colour route - hope you enjoy the end result

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At our best and most fortunate we make pictures because of what stands in front of the camera, to honor what is greater and more interesting than we are. We never accomplish this perfectly, though in return we are given something perfect - a sense of inclusion. Our subject thus redefines us, and is part of the biography by which we want to be known. —Robert Adams (Author: 'Why People Photograph')

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Never pay for street photography workshops that sit you in a classroom for hours. There's plenty of free resources for learning the theory and history, but there's no substitute for real world practice on the streets

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Vision is the most important skill, but it's also one of the most neglected. Try this: go for a walk around your favourite area without a camera. Look for light, shadows, frames, reflections, textures and gestures. Pay attention to the details and visualise how these elements can fit together as photos

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The best camera is the one that inspires you to get out of the door every single day. Here's a man enjoying a beer in Soho, London.

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The truth is sharper lenses and more megapixels won't enhance your ability to visualise a scene, compose an image or tell a story. Improvement comes through practice and learning from failure — not purchase.

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Get close to your subjects but you must respect their personal space. Understand the importance of relaxed body language and never try to hide what you're doing - the more comfortable you are the better your street photos will become

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I crave for the nostalgia of good days gone by. —Fan Ho

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Try everything. Photojournalism, fashion, portraiture, nudes, whatever. You won’t know what kind of photographer you are until you try it. During one summer vacation (in college) I worked for a born-again tabletop photographer. All day long we’d photograph socks and listen to Christian radio. That summer I learned I was neither a studio photographer nor a born-again Christian. Another year I worked for a small suburban newspaper chain and was surprised to learn that I enjoyed assignment photography. Fun is important. You should like the process and the subject. If you are bored or unhappy with your subject it will show up in the pictures. —Alec Soth

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Think of the city as one big movie being played out in real-time. Go find scenes that really speak to you and capture these with your camera

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The ratio of successful shots is one in God-knows-how-many. Sometimes you'll get several in one contact sheet, and sometimes it's none for days. But as long as you go on taking pictures, you're likely to get a good one at some point. —Elliott Erwitt

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Don't get too concerned about the technical side - it's not that important. Capturing the moment is what counts, not the settings. Try this for a day: setup your camera in full auto mode. Be free from the technical distractions and simply enjoy the process of telling stories through your street photography

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You never appreciate your anonymity until you don't have it anymore. —Jason Priestley

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Breathing new life into one from the archives

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What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

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