“A photographer’s work is given shape and style by his personal vision. It is not simply technique, but the way he looks at life and the world around him.” An interesting quote by Pete Turner, a renowned photographer from New York and something that got me thinking.
I started taking street photography just over a year ago in May 2013. After taking my first few shots, posting them to Flickr and getting some positive feedback, I decided to take more.
There are a lot of very good street photographers out there and I wanted to differentiate myself with my vision and style. After tinkering with some software, I finally found a style that I liked and stood out from the crowd.
Additionally, I found that I had an eye for not just taking people in the street but also for adding a title that summed up my take on what I’d seen, of which some were amusing. I posted a number onto Flickr and they appeared to be well received. It was then that an unusual thing happened. A number of different people passed comments on different photos and each one mentioned a similarity to Norman Rockwell. I must admit that I’d never heard of him so I did some research.
Norman Rockwell (February 3, 1894 – November 8, 1978) was a 20th-century American painter and illustrator. His works enjoy a broad popular
appeal in the United States for their reflection of American culture.
To say that I am flattered that my photographic creations have been mentioned as having similarities to Norman Rockwell, is an understatement. It would be an honour indeed if, in years to come, Few Peeps, the monicker I use for my street photography was as well known and liked as his work.
In reality however, I am really pleased that a wide range of people from all over the world take pleasure in my photos and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my blog and enjoying some of my images.
Enjoy the journey and not just the destination.
Nick Fewings aka Few Peeps