Artistic Street Photography

What is Artistic Street Photography?

This gallery is dedicated to the more artistic side of street photography. I define artistic street photography to have at least one of these following qualities that dominate the composition.

  • Minimalism
  • Negative space
  • Juxtaposition
  • Surrealism
  • Irony
  • Abstractionism
  • Cinematic ambience (includes moody images)


One or two main subjects at most with little to no distraction.

Negative Space

Playing with underexposure, overexposure, and objects to create lots of negative space. Thus, drawing more attention to the subject in the frame.


Having two subjects nearly side-by-side for comparison or contrast.


Heavy use of juxtaposition to portray scenes that when taken out of context do not seem real.


Another technique also using juxtaposition to enhance an unexpected similarity, contradiction, or moment of awkwardness.


Tightening crops or blurring the lines to make abstract forms of reality.

Cinematic Ambience

Working with light to present slices of life that are reminiscent of moments from a movie frozen in time.

By mark l chaves

freelance photographer ∙ writer ∙ web developer

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