Back (on the) Streets

Surely one of the most outstanding features of Ernst Haas’ photography is the colour vision that he brings to street photography. Not the kaleidoscopic as much as selectivity and contrast.

“Beware of color theories. Theories in color photography are dangerous. The plain fact that there are so many of them proves my point. A color philosophy comes much closer to the truth..”. ~ Ernst Haas

London is jam-packed full of pedestrians but even in the central parts they can be found in fewer and fewer numbers. These are the back streets. I call them rat runs and they allow those of us in the know to move around more unhurriedly, at our chosen pace. Ideal too for novices like me who are inspired by the street photography of Ernst Haas and need time and space to develop an eye for colour, and its placements.

“Colour is Joy. One does not think Joy, one is carried by it” ~ Ernst Haas

“Take color as a totality of relations within a frame. Don’t ever overanalyse your results! ” ~ Ernst Haas

“To translate a world of color into black and white is much easier than to overcome the color, which so often runs contrary to its subject matter” ~ Ernst Haas.

“The best pictures differentiate themselves by nuances… a tiny relationship – either a harmony or a disharmony – that creates a picture” ~ Ernst Haas

“Without a descriptive caption to justify its existence, it will speak for itself – less descriptive, more creative; less informative, more suggestive; less prose, more poetry” ~ Ernst Haas

Ernst Haas: Masters of Photography – Danie Bester

14 thoughts on “Back (on the) Streets

  1. All so interesting, even to a non-artist like me. One of my daughters gave me a book for Christmas on painting by David Hockney and Martin Gayford (A History of Pictures) which I am finding fascinating.

  2. You do good pictures, you do. (always) the reflections, oh my gosh, that first one, spectacular. But then, the last, that puddle, making hay from a puddle, quiet but visually profound. Me bows to you. As said a wolf, “Granny, what good eyes you got!”

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