This past weekend I was happy to participate into the most extraordinary street photography event worldwide: 24 Hour Project.
The 24HourProject gathers street and documentary photographers from around the globe to share in real time as they document the human condition of their city. Photographers share one photo per hour during twenty four hours.
We are all about Documenting Humanity to Make a Difference and for this we are creating partnerships with NGO’s to raise awareness and empower their initiatives.
Through the 24HourProject’s mission, market and global exhibitions, the project reaches millions of individuals annually showcasing the human connection of images and real live stories.
Now if you’re going to use these tips to the #24HourProject or during another similar street photography event, the tips still apply and I’d be happy to hear your feedback on how you have used them.
So here we go:
1. Spot an interesting character on the street.
They look, do, feel special and something attracts me to take their photo.
2. Take a few photos.
I take some 2-3 shots, making sure I have at least one usable frame in there, then approach them.
3. Then approach the subject and introduce yourself and your project.
“Hey, my name is Valentin and I am a photographer who am enlisted in a worldwide event called 24HourProject and we’re taking a photo each hour etc – explaining the event. May I show you some shots I just took of you and let me know if I can use them?”
4. Show them the photos
They can look in my camera/phone and see how they look like. While they look, I also ask if they have 10 seconds so I show them the FEED #24HourProject and open to the photos they want to see enlarged, explaining what country and city that was taken in.
5. Can I use your photo? No.
At this point, my “battle” is won, but if they say “No, you cannot use my photo” then right THERE in front of them, I delete all photos.
6. Can I use your photo? Yes.
If they agree, I ask them for their email address and write it down in my Notes app, next to their full name and then (IMPORTANT!) I add some details about the location, so I can remember who it was, for example:
“Maria Solas, firstname.lastname@example.org, the lady with the pretzels on the Eroilor street”
7. Email the photos to your subjects
After the event is done, I export all photos at raw size and unedited, I email them to the persons I took the photos of and tell them that if they use them anywhere, I’d be honored if they would like to tag me as author and the project.
Now this allows me to achieve 2 major things:
1. Credits me and my work as a photographer.
My city is not small, quality photographers are many. So the extra credits and testimonials will always help. This can also apply to your city/location. We should not be afraid to take credit for our work and also if people advertise it for us, even better.
2. Credits the project
And has people talking about it even long after we end a year’s event. Some of these people or their followers might very well become the next year’s participants.
I’d be happy to hear your thought and how you approach the relationship with the people you photograph on the street.