“Streets in Mind” is a new short film by SmugMug Films that looks at the life and work of London-based street photographer Alan Schaller. Walking the streets of NYC, Schaller offers thoughts and insights on shooting street photos in major cities.
Schaller is the co-founder of Street Photography International and a Leica Ambassador.
“One of the most exciting things about street photography is waking up every day and not knowing what you’re going to come back with…that’s the magic,” Schaller says.
He actually began his career as a music writer for film and TV, and he only started diving into photography four years ago. But his background in music helps to inform the way he views his photography work.
“I think my background in music helped me understand the importance of narrative in photography,” Schaller says. “I feel like the storyteller part of my brain was developed already. And it’s the storytelling part that goes into my work that makes it my own.”
Here’s a selection of Schaller’s photos: