I often find myself composing street shots in a particular way. I have named these images 'sideys'. The following image is a prime example of a sidey....
My sideys follow a few simple rules:
- A side profile of a person walking.
- A man-made background 'canvas'.
- The person positioned off centre (possibly using rule of thirds)
- The person often of an interesting character (in my opinion, of course)
- A 'mid stride' walking stance is preferred, although not essential.
- The image must be level and plumb.
- No ugly plastic carrier bags, people eating, general untidiness.
I usually select the background location first, then patiently wait until interesting passers by enter my viewfinder. I have always been interested in architecture anyway, so I am always looking for aesthetic backdrops.
Here are four more sideys which follow my rules. Three in my preferred black and white, and the last one in colour: