Robin’s take on framing, color and simplicity – part two

Following a recent article on framing, color and simplicity (here), I continued my street shooting session looking for similar content. My exploration expanded to different parts of the city including lesser known areas. The aim was straightforward – look for bold colors that catch my attention; something unusual or out of the ordinary to isolate the subjects as much as possible. In order to do this, I made use of much longer focal lengths than usual with the Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm F1.8 seeing the most use. Developing a unique street photography style is not easy and mine is still a work in progress with a constantly evolving approach. Being able to go out and shoot is a privilege that I do not take lightly and I enjoy every single moment of my shutter therapy!

All images here were shot with Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II and M.Zuiko lenses 45mm F1.8 or 25mm F1.2 PRO.

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  1. agreeing on the ‘personal nature’ of art – any art; it’s always great to see images which highlight the dynamic nature of life, a place, a time… life, our planet, all living things, most all non-animate objects are most interesting in their ‘imperfect ways’. Imperfect but dynamic – its the real state of everything! It’s wonderful to see people not self-conscious about themselves. Comfortable in their skins. Or, often, in some state of emotion – and well willing to be unconcerned what others may think! This is true strength of character – seen in all living things.
    Not quite the perfect image… a lamp post coming out of their heads… but still the focus and impact of the image overcomes the imperfect! The moment is important, the story it tells
    Much as I love the Mona Lisa, I love Sunflowers and Starry Night even more! It’s not whatz ‘really’ out there, it’s what your mind sees when the waves/photons reach your retina.
    ‘Perfect’ is over-rated.
    Robin, please keep finding the dynamic, the imperfect, the moment of impact, color, counter-point, life in motion.
    rock on…

  2. sylvaine schlageter says:

    I love these colors, it´s very „refreshing“ by hot days!
    Many thanks for your interesting news that I always follow with pleasure!!!
    Best regards from Switzerland

  3. Lothar Adler says:

    Please forgive me, but I’m always moved by your cats. And I’m afraid their lifes on the streets are not the happiest ones. I do have the tiny little hope, that you always have some kind of cat food with you, albeit this might be against the MAGNUM rules,- but it would serve humanity, which I would rate higher.

  4. Paul Wilson says:

    The boy on the road crossing is simply perfect. Life, colour and shape in harmony. Special.

    • Robin Wong says:

      Thanks Paul! Yes, indeed, life color and shape, everything in harmony, finding it in the chaotic world is not easy!

  5. Kristian Wannebo says:

    Many great photos!
    I do like your colour-(combination)s.

    #3, such a lovely combination of tree and living space.
    #8, 12, simple is strong!
    #11, !!
    … and that cat looks a fighter.

  6. beautifull and quite intresting !!!

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