Paris, France

In August of 2014 I took a trip to Paris to shoot. This city bustles with a rush of tourism which makes it challenging to photograph because it requires more thinking to simplify your composition. Possible responses include composing such that the chaos of tourists resemble more of a "unified sea" of tourists that can help lead the viewers eye through the frame (see my picture of a double exposure of tourists on an escalator at the Louve) or changing your camera angle and moving your feet to exclude things from your frame. It has been a recent realization of mine which has been spurred by great teachers such as Bruce Barnbaum, Michael Freeman, and Eric Kim that what you leave out of the frame is just as critical as what you leave in it. This is what makes the fringes of a photograph so important. Lots of my street photography shots were shot on my Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 prefocused to about 8ft stopped down to f/8. I chose to shoot the street shots in B&W because it helped to get to the essence of what I was trying to convey, especially when there are so many disgusting advertisements and random spots of color around that steel attention.