POV: Street Photography in New York City on a Rainy Day

Street photographer Markus Hartel recently did some shooting on the sidewalks of New York City on a rainy day with a Kodak Playtouch rigged to his Leica M9 and 28mm Elmarit. The above video shows a point-of-view documentation of his walk along with the “keeper” shots that resulted.

Here’s a glimpse of the rig he used:

(via Erik Kim)

  • guidacellulari

    Wow great setup

  • prisoner o time

    found the video movement very annoying had to stop playing 

  • Tgbkew

    Great video but the photos weren’t very good, only one or two had emotion or the irony you find in good street photography.

  • bugsbgone

    Hmmm, and? Very annoying shutter noise.. Inspired me to write how annoying it is generally, so that’s something I guess.

  • Joey Duncan

    I’m not sure I fully understand street photography in the first place. I’m not saying I dislike it, but much like overlays and “blur” images and now over processed HDRs it seems like a fashion trend more than anything. Something you would do in your advanced photography class. I see where the emotion can come from, but very few and far between. I think 99% of the people do it because it’s the trendy thing to do in their little groups. 

    As far as this video goes, seems right along the same lines. You can’t really take anything away from this. Why not just carry a camera around on your head and edit it and call it “POV: Street of NYC in the Rain.” 

  • Bdinsf12

    Crappy keepers. 

  • Suman0102

    Agreed. also, all the pictures taken in this video would most likely get a D to C- at best. At least that’s the expectation in my former school.

  • Zen Rider

    I saw quite a few missed opportunities.
    I can’t help but think of the term “hipster doofus”

  • Renato Murakami

    At 4:21 a girl says “son of a bitch” in portuguese-Brazil.
    Eh? What? Seems like a proper comment for this video. :P

  • Kdf

    Ya call those keepers? Boy, I’d hate to see the shots he trashed.

  • andylaiphoto

    That was nauseating to the point that this article shouldn’t have mad it to web.

  • Michael

    This is like the new fixie sensation for hipster street photog wannabes,,, boring and immature

  • Osh

    Have to agree – there were way better shots missed. Well, but I am not a pro…

    Also – street photography should be a documentary more than anything else [at least I think so], so quality of the shots is an essence. Quality of these… hmmmm… sorry.

  • Martin Lux

    I can’t understand you criticising him this way or are you a bit jealous? I like your video although I think the move your camera always makes after you press the shutter release is a bit distracting every ten seconds. Everybody else, show us how you work and why you are better! I think it’s a good way to show people how you’re working as streetphotographers  because it has become a hype but many people have to realize that it’s not only about pointing your camera at someones face. I think it’s difficult to go out connected to a video and come back after a few hours with many great shots. This confirms a thesis Alex Webb made on an interview some Months ago:  It (street photography) involves patience, anticipation, luck and persistence because, as we all know, the special images do not come easily; 99% of street photography, if not more, is about failure.
    Keep on Markus, stick with your style!

  • Gavin Stokes

    Work on his website is stunning but yeah shots from the vid disappointing

  • Guest

    Not to start a “to chimp or not to chimp in street photography” discussion, but please, if you’re shooting with a video camera attached to your camera it might be an idea not to do it, don’t you think?

  • DeepFriedButter

    cool idea, cool rig, very boring video

  • bugsbgone

    ‘I think it’s difficult to go out connected to a video and come back
    after a few hours with many great shots’ this pretty much confirms that you agree with the rest of the posters here, I don’t think this is a contest of who is better! Personally it’s all in the execution and on this occasion I don’t think it has been done terribly well.

  • Martin Lux

    Well it depends on what you expect! Do you want to see great results? Then you have to attach the rig everytime you leave for example for a whole month or even longer and then show your best results together with the scene in the video. That would be great! Do you want to see how somebody moves around the street with a camera to his eyes, where he’s looking, how he behaves? This video gives you enough together with showing you the results. Those pictures aren’t his best, I think Markus agrees, but it’s his POV Video and perhaps he shows us more from different places he visits. People here are complaining picture quality and missed opportunities in his photography but for me a video doesn’t replace a good web portfolio. That’s where you show your best results or do it as I said above: Leave always together with your video camera, then your’re able to present stunning results together with motion image from the scene. Do you know better POV Video’s I haven’t seen with better Quality/Results?

  • bugsbgone

    I personally do not want to be ‘shown’ how a street photographer moves around the street with his camera. Personally this ‘snippet’ does not inspire nor does it inform so on that basis I conclude that it is rather a waste of space, and that’s it, that’s my opinion. Just my opinion.

  • Joey Duncan

    I don’t blame him for doing it, I just don’t think it should be advertised on a site such at this. There are TONS of people who deserve media attention, and their project is flawless. These are the internet days. Ansel Adams is no longer regarded as a icon to many because bar has been raised so high that it’s just too easy to be “decent” these days. I think people need to look at what you can take away from this video rather than looking at it as (Que the hippy voice) “I respect your art man…..” 

    What you take away is a random dude walking around with a camera…. that’s it… maybe if it was 6 months, 2 years or multiple locations, or even more art involved it would be exciting to watch. This is a video that deserves to be shown to your friends and nothing else. 

    I think I have such a strong attitude about it because i think i blame Petapixal for not raising their bar high enough and posting “whatever” they already only post like 2-3 times a day…. 

  • Joey Duncan

    Honestly, you’ve said it best. hahaha

  • Devtank

    yes is become fashionable but its not why we do it. weve always done it, its a fascination and bit of a rush and for me theres some other deeper stuff in there too. 

  • Fart

    boring photos of boring people doing boring stuff

  • B E. L

    A lot of people are complaining about the video, but it is a POV of how he takes photographs with his camera, it does what the title says. If he acted differently because he was filming he’d gain criticism for that too. As for the pictures, some were good, some not so, some shots missed yes. But we are looking through the camera’s POV not his POV so he may haved missed an opportunity trying to find it somewhere else. Some of the pictures are good, some aren’t, but that is street photography, it’s a gamble, it’s not like shooting landscape or fashion where you are guaranteed a good picture, it’s a lot of luck as to what is “good” when you go out to shoot. I liked this video, I liked to see how others use their cameras and approach shooting street photography. I know this a guy who was in a recent street “documentary” where the whole Leica/Rangefinder thing was pushed, but that wasn’t apparent here. I’m starting to notice a trend in people downtalking street photography, I’ve heard people complaining about Meyerowitz and such others but not actually brandishing work of their own. It does feel like there’s a lot of jealousy and hard feelings floating around the internet nowadays for a lot of people who are succeeding, if only marginally, in an art form.

  • B E. L

    Additionally, I’m not sure why everyone is taking this video so seriously. It just seems like a little insight into a small portion of how he shoots and people are knocking how it was filmed. It’s a camera attached to a camera? How good is it going to get? It is just an insight. I know my replies seem serious, but they are in response to the seriousness of the videos comments.

  • Ethan

    The one detriment of digital in street photography is the temptation to check the screen to see what you’ve shot. Shooting film on the street allows you to flow from one picture to the next, to stay alert. Shooting digital on the street requires discipline and concentration…I’d encourage the photographer above to stop checking the screen (which we see whenever the camera points to the ground for a few seconds after every shot)

  • newamericanclassic

    I don’t understand why the defense to so many crappy ‘street’ photos is: wow, this blurry photo of some guy walking on main street captures the essence of the human condition! how exposing! how emotional! captivating! nevermind that all you did was stick your camera in some strangers’ faces–that’s “art”. I understand art and aesthetics don’t need to adhere to rigid guidelines, but seriously folks.

    I don’t mean to discredit any of the great ‘street’ photos that do exist, but I find the bulk it to be uninspiring. of course, the default “captivating/stunning” image is a hobo or old person’s face, with heavy HDR PP’ing added. how “raw!”

    not to mention, all the ‘street photographers’ I’ve come across were nothing short of obnoxious. I remember walking in the city a couple months back when some kid stuck a camera in my face, pressed down on the shutter for half a minute, and kept on walking. no hello? no acknowledgement? I can understand why you wouldn’t want to ask permission beforehand, but you’re not a kid at the zoo.

  • Himeyax98

     I feel the same way.

  • B E. L

    I kind of agree with this. There are a lot of people who use the whole “documenting the human condition” motif and just take random photographs of people in blur and claim artistry. This seems to be the hipster approach, but is happening in a lot of areas of photography, just look on facebook in folders titled “photography :)”. Ha.
    There is a lot of compelling street work though and I feel it is often overlooked: Saul Leiter (, Alexey Titarenko (, Martin Parr ( and a whole lot of others. I think the problem is, there are a lot of “street photographers” who think their pictures are amazing because they shoot a Leica Rangefinder. A lot of street photography and a lot is terrible but I think it’s because of a divide of two people: people who think their pictures are good because of their technology and people who work at ideas and photography as a whole.


  • Knur

    Poop comment.