Interview with Guido Steenkamp on Leica Portal
“At some point I started to capture the moments when I noticed something unusual or funny – just small details of daily lives…”
“Am I right when I will say that you are street photographer?
Hm, like most people I don’t like being pigeonholed but I guess you could probably say that. Of course as everyone else I also take pictures of my family, friends and other things of interest. Normally I don’t show these pictures to the public because they are either private or simply not good enough to be published.
Why did you choose this lifestyle? What is interesting in Street Photography for you?
I wouldn’t say I consciously decided to focus on Street Photography, it’s more that I stumbled into it by accident. I like walking in the streets and I like to watch people. At some point I started to capture the moments when I noticed something unusual or funny – just small details of daily lives. I’m not more creative than the average, therefore i don’t consider myself as an artist nor do I think that Street Photography in general is an art. I would rather call it „voyeuristic documentation“. For me the basic idea of Street Photography is to document life in its candid moments.
However, the most exciting aspect of Street Photography is that there is only little that you have to prepare and almost nothing you could plan. It needs a lot of patience, experience and mostly luck to get a decent Street shot. Sometimes this happens, and when it does, the experience is unique – nothing beats that…..”
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