December 4, 2022


Capturing Magic Moments

Street photographer: “99% of my photos are terrible”

1 min read

Social media has led us to believe that most people just take incredible pictures of what runway models look like and billionaires live like. We know that’s not the case, but we still can’t help but be influenced by the data in front of us. Well, a successful photographer and creator takes you behind the scenes of all his shots from a trip.

A friend of mine has a friend who used to be constantly dissatisfied because she scrolled through Instagram and saw her friends were at nice restaurants, on vacation, or doing something special. It became a problem and got fixed, but the problem stayed with me. We all do this to varying degrees. We see carefully curated content from everyone we follow and then the culmination of all the pics and videos is that we think the world is busy being great and we aren’t.

I know this is not the case, most of our lives are spent in boring ways, but I have to make an extra effort to remember it. One area I don’t do that in because the knowledge is really innate is photography. When I see great photos, I assume they’re sitting on top of a pile of forgotten photos. To prove it, Evan Ranft takes you behind the scenes of a street photography session and shows all the shots that didn’t make it.

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