Blog by a Belgian Flying Photographer based in Dubai (UAE) specializing in Architectural, Travel and Aviation photography
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Shopping Mall photography, the new Street Photography?
Over the years, especially in modern cities like Dubai, "shopping malls" have almost completely replaced the classic "high street" shopping experience.
As some of you know, this crazy photographer rarely leaves the house without some kind of a camera. When the wife had some stuff to do in one of the many Dubai Shopping malls, I joined her with my FujiFilm X-E1 mirror less camera. I spend an hour or so, looking for some interesting "Street Photography" style opportunities and came home with a few interesting new images... It also made me think how the whole shopping scene has changed so much.
Can we classify "Shopping Mall photography" as "Street Photography"? Personally I believe we can. After all, it documents daily urban life and the interaction of people...
One of the complexities of this is the fact that most malls do not officially allow photography. Even though they often do not display the dreaded "Photography not allowed" signs, security guys will often ban you from framing images.
This is exactly where using smaller cameras like the FujiFilm X-E1 (Sexy-01) come in handy. After all the photography police do not know that the sensors in these mirrorless cameras, are often identical if not better than their "Pro DSLR" ones!
Needless to say that one needs to be careful and respect local traditions...