Programs Program Chair: John Patota
Programs are held at 7:00 PM in the Theater of the Hannah Marie Bradshaw Activities Center of The O'Neal School
March PROGRAM 2020: Diane Wehr: Street Photography
Not many photographers feel comfortable with pointing a camera at a stranger
and taking a candid photo. Diane Wehr does, and she will be sharing her
thoughts on the craft at the March meeting of the Sandhills Photography Club.
The Tennessee based street photographer/blogger has written interesting
how-to articles about photography for Photzy, an online school that offers
practical advice to students all over the world. Beginning of 2019, Diane started
her blog on street photography with the intention to “share the joy of street
photography by increasing understanding of this genre of photography, to show
entry points for photographers from other genres and to share best practices that might help anyone who is
taking any kind of a picture.”
“The blog has attracted an audience of viewers that are both street
photographers and photographers who definitely do not identify as street photographers.” according to Diane. “In fact, a certain number of regular viewers do not even identify as photographers. It is a great source of pleasure for me to share photos from contemporary street photographers that I find so compelling.”
One look at her Instagram account and you’ll see that Diane has traveled large parts of the world, giving us a glimpse into the culture of everyday people on a human scale. An exchange between colorfully dressed women in an Ecuadorian market, a blank stare of a man standing on a street in Italy, and my favorite, a young couple sharing a carefree stroll in New York’s Central Park.
Such is the life of a street photographer. They bring context from seemingly random encounters and interactions between people in public spaces, and Diane is a master at it. She manages to compose photos of interesting subjects doing mundane things in a way that tells a story and draws the viewer in. A couple sharing a personal moment behind umbrellas in Norway, a stern, elderly lady on a bus in Estonia, a jolly street vendor in Japan. We are let into their worlds through Diane’s camera lens.
In her twice-weekly blog, Diane shares her thoughts on photography in a very easy-to read, conversational style. She gives advice, highlights the work of other photographers and shares what it takes to be a street photographer, ending by asking readers to complete an exercise. “There is a bit of voyeurism in us all '' Diane writes on one Blog she called ''Looking In”. “Maybe voyeurism is too strong of a word. I just looked up the
definition of voyeurism. Yes, it is definitely too strong. But we do all like to peek in on little moments in the lives of others. Taking street photography through windows or other things can be the basis of a nice collection that you create over time.”.
You can read Diane’s
Blog at https://www.dianewehr.com/
Instragram Account @dianewehr
Monday, March 9 2020