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. 

Shopping Mall photography at Mirdiff City Center

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. 

Shopping Mall photography at Mirdiff City Center

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...

Shopping Mall photography at Mirdiff City Center

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.

Shopping Mall photography at Mirdiff City Center

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!

Shopping Mall photography at Mirdiff City Center

Needless to say that one needs to be careful and respect local traditions...

Not sure where this will end up, I today started a brand new gallery inside my "Personal Projects" gallery, called "Shopping Mall Photography". 

As famous war photographer Robert Capa said; "If your photos are not good enough, you are not close enough"

BJORN

  

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