Street Photography: Martin Luther King Day Parade

When I'm not being paid to photograph someone's wedding, event or portrait, you can often find me taking photographs that fall into a genre that is known as "street photography." As the name implies, most street photographers practice their passion in the streets. 

 Martin Luther King Parade in Atlanta shot with Fuji X100

But, it's not just where the photographs are made that defines street photography, it's how, and why. (Aside: This is simply my personal definition of street photography. The genre is so nebulous that you will find lots of different definitions, none of which satisfies every "street photographer.")

 Martin Luther King Parade in Atlanta shot with Fuji X100
 Martin Luther King Parade in Atlanta shot with Fuji X100

For me, what distinguishes street photography is a lack of preconception when taking the photograph. There's a sort of trigger-happiness on the part of photographer who responds to the light, shapes, expressions, patterns, and relationships between each while capturing what are often in-between moments.

 Martin Luther King Parade in Atlanta shot with Fuji X100
 Martin Luther King Parade in Atlanta shot with Fuji X100

Why? To see what that particular moment in time looks like when stopped by the click of a camera's shutter.

 Martin Luther King Parade in Atlanta shot with Fuji X100
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Cindy Brown

I'm an Atlanta wedding photographer who takes soulful, quirky and honest photos ...

I'm also an adventurous traveler and all-round nerd. I love to hike with my beagle/cattle dog Roux and best friend/spouse.

I was born in Atlanta, moved around a lot--30 cities and 5 states--and then came back.

After graduating from the Art Institute of Atlanta, I took a job at asmall newspaper in south Georgia, where I photographedhospital teas, pecan farmers, and beauty queens.

I photographed a biker funeral, death penalty protests andTed Bundy while interning with the Associated Press.

While a photographer for two dailies in Florida, I photographed Ronald Reagan, a train derailment and the dedication of a screened-in porch.

An unexpected life turn took me to Vermont where I fell in love with Bernie Sanders and on to Indiana, where I edited photos for a major daily, and nerded out getting a master’s and PhD.

After teaching photojournalism at colleges and universities in Florida, Indiana and Mississippi, I returned to Atlanta to earn myfifth degree--a Master's of Divinity.

My passion for storytelling with my camera and my interest in religious diversity led my to the field of wedding photojournalism.

I have documented weddings large and small, Unitarian and Pagan, indoors and out, Christian and Muslim, in backyards and in churches. The most exotic wedding I have photographed took place in Mexico and was officiated by aMayan shaman.

When I'm not photographing weddings, portraits or corporate events, I work on personal photo projects, visit friends in amemory-care home, and volunteer at a recovery center.