Over on Google+, there are a lot of photographers. I mean, really a lot. And not just nerd-with-an-OK-camera dabblers like me; we’re talking pros, big-name pros some of them. Organized in circles, of course; go have a look.
Now, I’ve noticed that some of these people identify themselves as “street photographers”. Says so right there in the titles they put on the pictures. I’m a city boy and I like pictures of city streets, too. Here’s one I took today.
But this isn’t like what the real photographers over on G+ call “Street”. They mean low-contrast B&W captures of people usually against unremarkable backgrounds. There’s an art to it and occasionally one will snatch at your heart. But most of them are boring to my eye. Which doesn’t bother me that much; tastes vary. It does bother me that apparently “street photography” implies “grey on grey”.
My pictures of streets would be better with people in them; there’s a challenge for me. But anyhow, maybe we need another word for urban photography with a conscious aversion to low-contrast monochrome.