Looking back … 2


I’ve been doing street photography for more than 6 years. That’s not much when I see that some people have decades behind them … I’ve also been blogging for 6 years. As soon as I started to share my photos on the internet, I felt the need to write too. Not necessarily to write about my photos but to talk about what I was doing in the street. It was like a kind of photographic notebook where I wrote down all the questions I was asking myself, my process of evolution as a street photographer. The first four years were very rich in content. It was during this period that I wrote, in my opinion, my most interesting Blogs.

 

 

At that time I was present on social networks. Most of my Blogs written at the time were directly related to what I saw on the various platforms. I started to criticize the behaviour of some street photographers. It wasn’t in any way to create a buzz, to get people talking about me. Street Photography started to take up a lot of space in my life. I didn’t choose this, it just happened. I realise that I grew up very quickly in Street Photography. I read a lot of Blogs, looked at a lot of Masters books, saw tons and tons of pictures when I was on social networks.

 

 

After 3 years, I felt like I had said all I have to say. This coincided more or less with my departure from social networks. This departure was not complicated to do. For me, it was the right thing to do because I saw the unhealthy side of these platforms. I won’t dwell on that, I’ve already done enough of that in many of the blogs I wrote at that time. So I found myself with just my Blog. I soon felt a big void when I had to write. My articles were very much linked to social networks where I drew a lot of ideas.

 

 

For over two years I don’t seem to have written any in-depth articles on Street Photography. I thought at first that it was due to my departure from Social Networks. Anyway, as I said, it coincided with that… Yes, it’s true that I’ve always been a complainer and the Networks were giving me something to write about on a plate. But I don’t think that’s the main reason. I really feel like I’ve come full circle.

 

 

Not that I’ve become an expert in Street Photography, but I’ve reached a point where questions about the practice, about other people’s behaviour or anything else don’t affect me anymore. Basically I don’t give a shit about all that. I’m selfishly doing street photography just for me. I admire guys like Alex Coghe who continue to do pedagogy to bring people to better understand the practice. Sincerely, this is for me the best Blog for anyone interested in Street Photography. I’m not saying that because Alex has already interviewed me and I’ve been featured in several of his publications. Just go and read his series A small guide to Street Photography as an introduction. It’s 18 Blogs of a very high quality. I don’t think I’ve read anything similar on the web.

 

 

So, yes, I don’t have much to say about Street Photography anymore. But that doesn’t mean, far from it, that I don’t do Street Photography anymore! As I have often said, Street Photography is part of me. It’s a way of life, of seeing the world. I don’t photograph to show my pictures anymore, but I just have this urgency in me to document what is happening in my city, what is happening around me.

 

 

All the photos were made with the Ricoh GRD IV.

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2 thoughts on “Looking back …

  • Deborah Swain

    Just to say that Alex Coghe has been hugely important in my own street photography journey … I also discovered your brilliant work thanks to TSPN magazine. I admire you both!

    • Jeff Chane-Mouye Post author

      Massive thanks Deborah!
      Alex’s work really resonates with me. I understand deeply his vision and been influenced in many ways by his writing. He’s true and that’s what I like most.