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Street Photographs of People Texting

For his project titled “Texters“, photographer Joe Holmes captured unsuspecting people lost in their own worlds while texting on their phones. If you want to photograph strangers on the street without getting noticed, this seems like a good way of doing so…

You can check out the entire series over on Flickr.

Texters (via kottke.org)


Image credits: Photographs by Joe Holmes and used with permission


 
 
  • amymatkins

    Wonderful rich shots. Taken with the Nifty50?

  • amymatkins

    Wonderful rich shots. Taken with the Nifty50?

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    The EXIF data on the photos say they were taken at 85mm, 200mm, and 400mm, so even stealthier :)

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    The EXIF data on the photos say they were taken at 85mm, 200mm, and 400mm, so even stealthier :)

  • http://twitter.com/stephbubble Steph Killip

    Hahaha! How fun!

  • Anonymous

    Missed irony; photos tacked on a cell phone.

  • Anonymous

    Ehe EXiF shows a D700 was used.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, though I love street photos with wide angle lenses, 50mm and wider would have taken me too close for the loud D700 — most of the series was shot with the 85mm f/1.4D and the 70-200mm f/2.8G VR (not the newer VR II) and I occasionally put on the 2X teleconverter.

  • http://twitter.com/Myrddon Henning Nilsen

    Not stealthier. Just creepier. Personally I could never do street with anything longer than a 75.
    Street is just as much being a part of the scene as capturing it.

    Using a long telephoto just forces you out of it and gives the shots a more voyouristic feel.

  • http://twitter.com/pete_boyd Pete Boyd

    Then it’s the wrong tool for the job.

  • http://twitter.com/Basbeeky Bas ter Beek

    You guys should look up the #de_vice project bij Zack Arias. Kinda similar to this.

  • ismella wumpus

    wrong tool?  is it written in stone somewhere that the only tool allowed for street photos of strangers texting is leica with a 35mm lens?

  • http://www.tozzophoto.com Roy Caratozzolo

    use what you can afford and ignore people who make “rules”….  it is only about the shot, and never about what you use to get it.

    and I love these shots… I am exploring doing a series on the people who insist on walking while looking down (a very new bad habit)

  • http://www.tozzophoto.com Roy Caratozzolo

    and what I like about the use of the longer lenses here is that  Joe’s style and experience allow the photos to appear as if he was right up close

  • http://www.tozzophoto.com Roy Caratozzolo

    and what I like about the use of the longer lenses here is that  Joe’s style and experience allow the photos to appear as if he was right up close

  • http://www.facebook.com/JoePulcinella Joe Pulcinella

    Why not really get involved with your subjects? 
    http://www.photojoe.com/philly-street-session-project/

  • http://www.tozzophoto.com/ Tozzophoto

    if done right no one should ever be able to tell what lens you use…. who cares anyhow. The guys who care about all the gear were always compensating for their lack of artistic-ness….