“Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature.”

– Eric Hoffer –

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Quadrilateral Conundrum, ©2019 Reginald Foster

So here’s the thing about street photography…

It’s totally random!

Think about it…as street photographers, we roam around searching & hoping for something worth taking a picture of.   C’mon admit it.  We usually don’t have any idea of what we’re looking for, but, as the saying goes…we know it when we see it.  And, even when there’s a plan or objective for the day, it’s impossible to know the exact details of the final image(s).  Will we know the location?  Possibly.  The Subject?  Sometimes.  The Situation? Who Knows!  Right?

Yeah, I get it.  That’s part of the allure of street photography.  It’s exciting to hunt.  And, it’s absolutely gratifying to create an interesting photo in the decisive moment.


it’s still random. 
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Faces in SF, ©2019 Reginald Foster

OK.  It’s time I get off of my soapbox. Of course, I’m preaching to the choir.  As street photographers, we simply accept that through Forrest Gump levels of luck, or the whim of some capricious god, we will  (hopefully?) eventually  stumble upon a worthy subject. (Of course, some level of photographic skill is needed to actually capture a good image.)


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Views in the Alley, ©2019 Reginald Foster

I’ve also noticed that if I squint hard enough,  order and structure can usually be created from the fruit of a days worth of random shots.  So, from a recent coupla days of shooting in San Francisco, I decided to put this theory to the test.

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The Band on Market Street, ©2019 Reginald Foster

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that in life, everything comes in threes.  Well…maybe you haven’t.  Anyway…I thought triptychs of the photos would illustrate the point, or at the very least, look kinda’ cool. 😉

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SF Views from Coit Tower, ©2019 Reginald Foster

So, please, check out the images.  As usual, you can be the judge of whether I was successful.  I hope you enjoy the triptychs as much as I enjoyed creating them.  Please, drop me a line in the comments.  Thanks for visiting my site.

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Powell St. Trolley, ©2019 Reginald Foster

Equipment Used:

  • Leica M10
  • Leica 35 Summilux FLE

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