The Street Photographers Manual [Paperback] David Gibson.
I found the book difficult to read: the font used for the main text is tiny, the writing style seems to be rambling monologue
, and equivocation makes the writing confused.
page 141 "Empty chairs and benches on the street announce their presence because of their emptiness. Their function is always incomplete without people, so they are never completely empty when photographed."
-- No, they are
completely empty when photographed, and their function brings to mind what's missing.
page 142 "Empty is a spurious word when applied to street photography because it suggests something lacking -- an empty street is supposedly always awaiting people to furnish it. Streets are functional, they require people but their absence can actually be the photograph.
" -- So stop misusing the word; or untwist the equivocation to make clear that in one case we're describing a physical street, and in the other case we're describing the feelings evoked by a photograph of an empty street.
page 122 "There is no colour in shadows, so they are more dramatic."
-- A photographer who hasn't noticed that there is colour in shadows
? Less interestingly, on page 25, the Martin Parr photograph shows blue shadows on a blue towel."Ethics"
page 180-181 once again demonstrates the wisdom of Richard P. Feynman -- "The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool."