Candid Photography along my travels

When I travel I often take candid photography. In fact, it is rare when I don’t. That’s because I think that showing people is a good way to get the sense of a place. You can see this in many of my previous posts. A few evident examples are: theΒ  Kuna Vendors in Panama, or the Indigenous craft vendors in Guatemala. The post on Belize City is also worth a visit πŸ™‚

This is a photo in Panajajel, Guatemala of a family having a good time on one of the piers at Lake Atitlan.

Guatemalan family having a good time at Atitlan Lake, Panajajel, Guatemala

Guatemalan family having a good time at Atitlan Lake, Panajajel, Guatemala

I also think that for a travel website, documentary photos can be useful in describing the respective travel destinations. Here are some tourists embarking on boats to cross Atitlan Lake in Panajajel, Guatemala.

Tourists At Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Tourists At Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Candid photography of people in their daily activities

In the early years of my life I was fascinated by fine art masters capturing people in their real life. The impressionists were in my total admiration. Have you ever seen for instance Vincent van Gogh drawings of people? That was something that really fascinated me… I even made some drawings on my own, but nothing serious. However, the idea of capturing people in their daily activities followed me for many years to come:

Candid Photography - Tailor in Orange Walk, Belize

Tailor in Orange Walk, Belize

 

Woman carrying wood in the rural Guatemala

Woman carrying wood in the rural Guatemala

 

Coffee Pickers In Guatemala

Coffee Pickers In Guatemala

 

Guatemalan woman doing laundry in Atitlan Lake, Panajajel

Guatemalan woman doing laundry in Atitlan Lake, Panajajel

Candid Street and documentary photography

When I first got involved with photography I was always fascinated by the genre of photojournalism. I think that in the 60’s and 70’s everybody was. The master of street and candid photography of all times will always be Henri Cartier-Bresson.Β  I have to admit that it’s not easy to capture good street photography… but I keep trying πŸ™‚

Here are some of my candid (“street”) photos – I have lots of them:

Young man carrying have merchandise in the streets of Mexico City

Young man carrying heavy merchandise in the streets of Mexico City

 

At the Bistro in Quebec, Canada

At the Bistro in Quebec, Canada

 

In the streets of Nuremberg, Germany

In the streets of Nuremberg, Germany

 

Poor distressed man in Belize City

Poor distressed man in Belize City

 

Candid photography - Shoe polisher in San Cristobal De Las Casas, Mexico

Shoe polisher in San Cristobal De Las Casas, Mexico

** Candid photography is mostly described as taking shots of people without them being aware of you. It is however more about capturing people without requesting them to pose. For those who really like classifications, there are some fine lines between candid, street photography and photojournalism. They are however part of the same genre of real honest artistic expressions.

Here are some more from my travels:

Laundry day in Cozumel, Mexico

Laundry day in Cozumel, Mexico

 

Sunday morning in Guatemala

Sunday morning in Guatemala

 

Old man and his dog in front of his house in Paderne, Portugal

Old man and his dog in front of their house in Paderne, Portugal

 

Some candid photography from the streets of Ottawa, Canada

Discount shopping on the sidewalk in Ottawa

Discount shopping on the sidewalk in Ottawa

 

Kissing goodby at the airport in Ottawa, Canada

Kissing goodby at the airport in Ottawa, Canada

Well, before kissing you goodby, I want to post one more πŸ™‚ It’s a short story featuring a work day of a street musician in Ottawa, Canada. He didn’t look jaded at the end of his performance πŸ™‚ I made it for a contest on Smugmug/Dgrin.

Musician street artist in Ottawa, Canada

Musician street artist in Ottawa, Canada

I took thousands of candid photography shots along my travels. It looks like I have to make many more pages to show at least part of them. Stay tuned! πŸ™‚

Thank you for visiting!


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14 Comments on “Candid Photography along my travels”

  1. Tatiana, reblog should be up after 12 cst tonight 😊 ps- the Nuremberg photo’s not showing up, so just a heads up, lot of times it’s just my iPad etc 😊

  2. Lovely images. That laundry day in Cozumel is brilliant with the sunshine and colours. But my favourite is that huddle of people around the bar in the bistro in Quebec.

  3. So powerful in the presence of these people, Tatiana! A sense of place indeed! And a sense of our oneness as humanity I felt! Wonderful images! πŸ’• Am retweeting + saving for a future reblog if OK 😊

    • Thank you very much Becky for the comment!

      And, sorry for the confusion. The two squares are from Ottawa. I know I uploaded them in a big size, so it’s difficult to tell which is which… glad you saw them πŸ™‚

    • Thanks a lot Leya for the comment! You have a very good eye – the laundry in Cozumel got a lot of likes and comments over the years in my original photography and also in a contest I posted it πŸ™‚

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