In the Gallery
Get in among the artists! Shooting in art galleries-particularly contemporary galleries-is an art form in itself and can be highly rewarding. Okay, it’s not on the street, as such, but it’s still street photography. Major modern galleries are usually bright, cathedral-like spaces with light pouring in through skylights or high windows onto stark white surfaces. That means you are usually guaranteed good light.
The great thing about shooting in galleries is that you have people (but not too many of them), clean backgrounds, and interesting objects. Take your time observing people and look for gestures, expressions, and interesting reactions to the art works. Don’t ignore the exterior of the gallery either; many have equally photogenic buildings and grounds, often based on a minimalist architectural theme, which is perfect for a more minimal style of street photography. Spend a day photographing at the gallery and have your six best images printed.
View the images
- Take your lead from the light to find the best shooting positions.
- Context is important here, so use a small aperture to keep both the foreground and background in focus.
- Avoid flash – you’ll probably get thrown out!
- Try not to be “seen” as a photographer. If you go about your photography in a quiet and subtle way you won’t stand out and are less likely to be ejected!
- While most galleries are now quite relaxed about photography, permission is sometimes required, so always check before you visit.
- Avoid the crowds. The best time to visit is when the gallery opens in the morning-the light is often good then, too.