On the Streets of Columbus Pt. 1

Street photography is a discipline that at first glance seems easy enough, in theory what could be easier than snapping candids of passerbys in the city? The reality though is that street photography is incredibly difficult and challenging. There are many off days, I've spent countless hours wandering through city scapes and suburbs with no results, only with hopes that the next morning or evening will be better. That is, for me, where the real reward for street photography lies. When everything lines up just right, and you snap that shot and know you got gold. I've been doing street photography for about 8 years now, and over the past year have really dedicated myself to the art. Every weekday morning and many evenings I take a 2-3 hour walk around Columbus with whichever cameras and lenses suit me for that day. 

There are no specific tools, no you don't need a leica and a 50mm lens, no you don't need black and white film, no you don't need a moleskin diary or slacks and dress shoes. The only thing you really do need is patience, and of course a camera. There's been mornings and evenings where I sit in one specific spot for hours and waited out a moment. Sometimes it happens, other times the light changes and the moment never comes. That is the fun in it though, and over the years I have come to learn alot about people, weather, luck, and light while walking around with cameras dangling from my shoulders. 

Here are the images I am most proud of, the little golden gems I elated over and wanted to rush home right away to edit and post.

 Red White and Boom on West Broad Street, Downtown Columbus, Ohio. July 4, 2017.

Red White and Boom on West Broad Street, Downtown Columbus, Ohio. July 4, 2017.

 East Broad Street, Downtown Columbus, Ohio. May 14, 2016.

East Broad Street, Downtown Columbus, Ohio. May 14, 2016.

 State Street, Downtown Columbus, Ohio. March 13, 2016.

State Street, Downtown Columbus, Ohio. March 13, 2016.

 Barber Shop on Gay Street, Downtown Columbus, Ohio. June 8, 2017.

Barber Shop on Gay Street, Downtown Columbus, Ohio. June 8, 2017.

 Broad Street and North High Street, Downtown Columbus, Ohio. November 28, 2016.

Broad Street and North High Street, Downtown Columbus, Ohio. November 28, 2016.

 North High Street, Downtown Columbus, Ohio. November 5, 2016.

North High Street, Downtown Columbus, Ohio. November 5, 2016.

 Towne Street, Downtown Columbus, Ohio. October 20, 2016.

Towne Street, Downtown Columbus, Ohio. October 20, 2016.

 Broad Street, Downtown Columbus, Ohio February 25, 2016.

Broad Street, Downtown Columbus, Ohio February 25, 2016.

 East Broad Street, Downtown Columbus, Ohio. December 20, 2012.

East Broad Street, Downtown Columbus, Ohio. December 20, 2012.

 East Town Street, Downtown Columbus, Ohio. December 13, 2013.

East Town Street, Downtown Columbus, Ohio. December 13, 2013.

 Lisle Alley, Columbus, Ohio. December 15, 2010.

Lisle Alley, Columbus, Ohio. December 15, 2010.

 Nationwide Boulevard, Downtown Columbus, Ohio. August 8, 2016.

Nationwide Boulevard, Downtown Columbus, Ohio. August 8, 2016.

 East Long Street, Downtown Columbus, Ohio. August 14, 2016.

East Long Street, Downtown Columbus, Ohio. August 14, 2016.

 4th Street, Downtown Columbus, Ohio. February 25, 2016.

4th Street, Downtown Columbus, Ohio. February 25, 2016.

 North High Street, Short North Columbus, Ohio. June 17, 2017.

North High Street, Short North Columbus, Ohio. June 17, 2017.

 Oak Street, Olde Towne East Columbus, Ohio. June 26, 2016.

Oak Street, Olde Towne East Columbus, Ohio. June 26, 2016.

 Upper Cup Coffee Shop, Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio. May 7, 2016.

Upper Cup Coffee Shop, Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio. May 7, 2016.

 Little Palace, 4th Street, Downtown Columbus, January 24, 2017.

Little Palace, 4th Street, Downtown Columbus, January 24, 2017.

 Krogers, Front Street, German Village, Columbus, Ohio. May 1, 2016.

Krogers, Front Street, German Village, Columbus, Ohio. May 1, 2016.

 Self Portrait, Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio. May 7, 2016.

Self Portrait, Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio. May 7, 2016.

 North High Street, Downtown Columbus, Ohio. July 4, 2017.

North High Street, Downtown Columbus, Ohio. July 4, 2017.

 State House, Downtown Columbus, Ohio. June 20, 2017.

State House, Downtown Columbus, Ohio. June 20, 2017.