Photographer & Artist
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Blog of Leanne Staples. Featuring writings, photography, art and more from the artist.

a happy accident

My venture into street photography was a happy accident. Many years ago, when I was still shooting film, my obsession was to take architectural photos. I wanted to achieve an unreal purity, the kind of photos that you might find in Architectural Digest. The problem was that people kept walking into my shot.

After getting annoyed and losing patience, I finally decided to see what would happen if I left a human element in the shot. I had never heard of street photography and didn't really know about Henri Cartier-Bresson, Helen Levitt or any of the other famous street photographers that I came to like and appreciate. So when I shoot street photography, the main focus tends to be the buildings rather than the people. The setting comes first.