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Marco Larousse photography blog. Read about current projects, documentaries, fine art print sales, gallery exhibits, workshops and speeches by Marco Larousse.

How a street photography photo is planned and created

In street photography, there is quite a complex creative process going on inside my head before I capture the image. But some people may still think that street photography is all about lucky snapshots.

Admittedly, a bit of luck does play a role in street photography because we rely on interesting subjects that are around in the same place and at the same time where we are. And this coincidental factor has kept me going in street photography for the past 25 years - and it has never been boring for me.

But the most important factors that I would attribute to my best street photos are based on exploring a scene and narrowing down the options of a place and the timing. Once you have reached this clear focus and pre-visualization of your image, you are on your way to capture the decisive moment that tells a story in your images.

My friend Steve Brazill invited me to his “Behind the Shot Podcast” and allowed me to take you along the creation process of one of my most famous street images. I share the decisions that I have made before the shot that lead me to narrow down to the final location, timing, and the story that I saw in front of me.

Please take the time to watch and listen to this inspiring interview.

Streetfotografie made in Germany - Our Award Winning Photo Book

Some time ago, I was contacted by a publisher and asked if I wanted to participate in a photo book project about German street photography.

After thorough discussions with the editor about the scope, structure, direction, and the list of other participating photographers I agreed to be part of this project.

I had been asked to participate in other street photo book projects before but declined due to various reasons. But this book had the focus to show the diversity and creativity of the German street photography scene by showcasing the work of 10 different established street photographers. And each photographer explains his creative and technical thought process that lead to each image in the book.

This makes the book a great inspiration as well as a technical reference for other street photographers who enjoy or want to learn more about this genre of photography.

Due to German privacy laws on the one hand and the freedom of artistic expression on the other hand, the street photography scene in Germany has to balance those two factors by adopting an artistic way of capturing the special moments of everyday life that most people don’t pay attention to and that will have vanished forever after 1/1000s.

I’m honored to not only have participated with various images and respective stories to this book but also that I was asked to write the introduction to this book.

 

This book is currently published by Rheinwerk Verlag only in Germany and can be ordered on Amazon Germany here: Streetfotografie made in Germany

 

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Update - December 27, 2018:

Our book “Streetfotografie made in Germany” was awarded a German photo-book award 2018/2019!

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Hamburg's Streets Unstaged - A Photo Project

At the end of 2016, I've decided to start a street photography project in Hamburg for 2017.

The goal of the project was to document the beauty of the unstaged daily life on Hamburg's streets throughout the year from an artistic and classic street photography point of view. During the project, I've captured more than a thousand photos and walked hundreds of miles on Hamburg's streets.

On December 31th, 2017 I've created a short video with a selection of 4 images from each month of the project that you can watch below.

I'm currently in the process to decide how this project will be shared from here on: Maybe a book, an exhibition, or a fine art print series..?

PPN - Photo Podcast Network

PPN Photo Podcast Network Studio - I am the co-founder chief editor and producer at PPN

PPN Photo Podcast Network Studio - I am the co-founder chief editor and producer at PPN

I have been producing photography related podcasts for many years now. And 2017 was the year I teamed up with Scott Bourne and founded PPN - Photo Podcast Network with him. Our mission is to inspire, educate, encourage, and entertain our listeners in the field of photography. We publish different topical photography related shows each month in one single feed. So you can think of PPN.fm as an audio version of a photography magazine.

Our shows cover photograph news, interviews, inspiration, mirrorless photography, photo gear and listener Q&A. The shows have been extremely popular and we have already hit the #1 spot on the iTunes charts in this segment in different countries.

iTunes USA

iTunes USA

iTunes Germany

iTunes Germany

I want to thank all current listeners for their support and would like to invite everyone who is interested in photography and not a listener yet to subscribe to our free PPN podcast channel here:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ppn-photo-podcast-network/id1225034740

Google Podcasts: https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cDovL3Bob3RvcG9kY2FzdHMubGlic3luLmNvbS9yc3M%3D

Or search for "PPN" in your favorite podcatcher app.

You can also visit the PPN Photo Podcast Network website by clicking here.

 

Train Window Diaries at 1/1000s

On every intercity express train ride that I take, I capture images through the window. While the world flies by at up to 300 km/h (186 mph), very few people even take the time to look at the unique and quickly changing scenery.

On a recent train ride from the north to the center of Germany, I captured this series of images - another set of my "Train Window Diaries at 1/1000s".

At this shutter speed, not only the far but even the close objects are frozen in time and can be recognized - which is almost impossible for the human eye to capture at these speeds.

Take a look at the beauty that is often overlooked by most passengers. The varying scenery, weather conditions and snow levels are a good indicator of the distance traveled and the regional changes that come with it.

 

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Life in a tube

Over the corse of a week, I observed how people of all age groups and genders acted inside a fast waterslide tube made out of glass. Over time I came to realize how much of a person’s character is revealed during these few seconds of intensity and more or less of an adrenaline rush.

When I froze the individuals at a few thousands of a second, I started to see curiosity, fear, joy, indifference or terror in their posture. Some of the individuals seemed to pose a “get me out of here“ and others more of a “look at me how cool I am“.

Some only coped with the situation by sliding in company or backward, not wanting to see what is ahead of them. Others went head first, on their belly or on their knees. Some seemed to enjoy the moment of not being in control and others didn’t. After a few days, this waterslide tube felt to me like a giant birth canal out of a science fiction movie where the individual's personality is infused before it enters life.

What kind of personality and posture would you show in your posture when being flushed down a tube like this?

 

Inspiration for Photograpers

Photography gear is covered extensively on the internet. But what to do with all those fantastic cameras and lenses is often forgotten about.

That is why Scott Bourne and I have started to host a monthly "Inspiration" podcast on the Photofocus network. We cover the history, past and present of photography and introduce master photographers that most photographers should know about. We also introduce a photography related book for inspiration on each show.

The podcast airs on the 14th of each month and can be subscribed to for free via iTunes. Or you can listen to individual episodes on the Soundcloud player below:

My podcast recording studio