Featured Street Photographer – Hudson Hilliard

We glance at those small moments, but then they’re gone and you think nothing more of them. But when you capture them (especially with film, in my case) you get a small glimpse into someone’s norm, the routine of their life.

Why Street Photography?

The reason I have such a draw to street photography is that it allows me to capture whatever I want, whenever I want it. The feeling to photographs, such as one of a person sitting on a bus, or another of two friends on the bridge laughing life away together, it reveals a different side of people, and society, that we actually see every day, but don’t bother to look at.

We glance at those small moments, but then they’re gone and you think nothing more of them. But when you capture them (especially with film, in my case) you get a small glimpse into someone’s norm, the routine of their life. And it could be totally different from their routine and this could be something new or out of the ordinary for said person. And you’ve captured it for all of eternity.

What Got You “Into” Street Photography?

First off, my art teacher got me into photography in general, and through the course we experimented with different shooting techniques, including portraits, or darkroom photography. As I experimented, I found that I had more of a leaning interest towards street photography and capturing the everyday occurrences that everyone skips over.

As I worked harder, I took more landscapes and random photos, rather than staging portraits, or planning shoots ahead of time. So my interest in the daily life and want to capture said moments is what got me into street photography.

Best Tip?

My best tip would be to shoot in film. And to constantly bring your camera with you. The reason I say shoot in film is because there’s a certain feel to the photos that you can’t get with digital, and it feels more honest and real than anything, since you actually have no idea what it looks like until you get it developed.

Constantly carrying your camera around may seem tedious if you use generally clunky lenses, but if you use a 50mm lens you can get the general, all around even shot without having to zoom. Plus, it’s more fun to get closer or further from the object by moving yourself.

Favourite “Go To” Spot?

There’s this one rooftop in Sydney my friend showed me, and I constantly find myself going there over anywhere else. It’s not too exciting, but along the way I usually end up taking multiple shots of people I’ve brought along with me or the streets around me. Plus, the sunset up there is amazing, I’ve nabbed a few (overexposed) film shots in my recent Flickr uploads.

There’s also another spot back in Hong Kong that I visit often called the Sai Wan Swimming Shed, and it’s the perfect mix of man and nature.

Gear

I really, really, really, really, REALLY love my two film cameras. I usually take them out one at a time alongside my digital, but shooting with my Mamiya-Sekor or my Agfa is a lot more challenging, giving me an extra level of “ok this has to be a good shot.” alongside a little bit of “I hope this photo turns out great.”

You can find Hudson here :

http://flickr.com/hudson_reed

https://www.instagram.com/hvddo/?hl=en

Right-o, lets have a look at some of Hudson’s images…

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Let’s start off with a classic ruckenfigur – you can read more about it here. I love the sense of motion given created by the combination of the slight blur, the rounded shape of the fencing, and the path leading forward. The lights almost seem suspended, hovering above the pathway, lost in the bokeh.

The image is finished off nicely with the ever so slight suggestion of the male subject laughing – the slight crinkling around the eyes, barely perceptible, gives a cheeky feel to the image. Or I am imagining that I can see this?

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A classic use of perspective to create a bit of initial visual confusion. It takes the viewer a couple of moments to correctly orientate… The balconies (?) are transformed into repeating geometric shapes by the perspective Hudson has used here. Love it! For some reason, it reminds me of the cubicle jungle existing in most modern offices.

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And finally, a railway image. These can be challenging at times – not because they are hard, but because most train stations are naturally aesthetically pleasing. You have to challenge yourself to add something to the composition. Hudson has achieved this with the laid back subject in contrast to the train rushing past.

Thanks for spending some time with Melbourne Street Photography, Hudson!

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