Old men talking on a bench

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This photograph of two older man talking on a bench during lunchtime in Sydney reminded me of a recent discussion I have witnessed on an Internet forum on subject of candid people photography.

I am very passionate about photography in general and particular in people photographs. I will on average see 10 to 30 Internet blogs dedicated to photography a day. View what other photographers capture or create. See if I can learn some new technique or pick up what makes me like a photograph and how I can apply it to my skill set.
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Street photography – why do it?

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On one of the Internet forums, where I post my photographs frequently, a lively discussion took place on merits of street photography. The debate seems to have three sides with varied but not always opposing viewpoints to it.

Firstly, the photographers, who take street candids, see it as a form of art, which captures people in their natural environment exhibiting their natural behaviours. Secondly, the photographers who view this as a form of art, but acknowledge only a small proportion of candid photographs as worth looking at. Finally, there was a group of photographers, who see no purpose or for that matter any photographic or artistic skills in this medium at all.

Yes, this is discussion was conducted on a photographers for photographers forum and thus the audience is rather of a very narrow demographic.
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