1+1 & ME
I’m Duong Rkudo, a photographer based in Saigon Vietnam, and “1+1” (1 cộng 1) is one of my personal projects. As my most favorite photographic subject has always been humanbeing, I’d like to spend my spare time on document their behaviors and emotions visually. I have a project of photographing men in their casual privacy on weekend, and “1+1” is meant for people in public places where I believe people have a different way of revealing themselves.
Though I have randomly photographed people in the streets for years, but “1+1” started on the evening of 21 Oct 2017 when I was bored walking around the city central area looking for something interesting. I was back from a wedding session so I was carrying my bukly ‘job’ camera which I didn’t think was ‘right’ for street photography. However, I found a way to do it and got a bunch of images those inspired myself to shoot more. I wrote about that more specifically here in my first entry.
I have had this same feeling wherever I wandered around and photographed couples of people, but I couldn’t explain it or didn’t know how to call it. Most of the time I was alone and paid more attention to coupled people than to single individuals. They might be a couple of lovers or just two people of a family or simply two friends chatting happily while passing by me. Therefore, I’d like to name this project “1+1” as it is not only about ‘lovers’.
As a photographer and for this project a street photographer, I understand there are legal codes or laws about photographing people and publishing or using images of them for different purposes. I am so aware the risk of causing any discomfort to the subjects or violating rules of certain public places.
However, if there were no photographer trying to capture people in public at all, how would there be any ‘street’ photographs left for public to view?
Imagine there was totally no photo of your city and its people 10 years ago, 50 years ago or even 1 century ago, how do you know how they look like? Are you excited to see how young people dress up for a night out in the youth of your grandparents? What if all those people in the old street photographs said ‘No!’ to the photographers?
It is the contradiction that makes street photography so exciting to me!
Therefore, on beginning this project, I want to write down my moral codes when doing street photography:
- I respect the subjects those I photograph. Therefore, I will not let my images of them look disrespectful to them due to their appearance, style, race, gender or sexual orientation. Also, I will try to minimize any discomfort to the subjects while photographing them.
- I respect the laws where I practice street photography. In general, I do pay attention to rules of ‘no camera’ at certain public places. If, due to my lack of knowledge of the local laws and rules, I will fix my mistake as soon as possible.
- I photograph people discreetly to capture their behaviors, emotions and reactions in their most natural status, not to harass them or to reveal their private parts of body or to violate their private life. If any of the subjects requests, I will delete or un-publish their images.
- I will not use any of these street photography images for commercial use without permission of the subjects. If there is any financial benefit I gain from the images, I’d love to share with the subjects.
There is one thing I want to risk doing:
- I capture discreetly and share images publicly on social media.
I will remove any image of the subjects if they want me to do so.
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Read more about moral codes in street photography:
- Street photography and moral codes – link
- Street photography ethics and respects – link
- Are there any ethics in street photography? – link
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
These first few questions were simply written down by myself. They are truly frequently asked even before I did this project. I will add more later if there is.
- What gears do you use? – This is the most frequently asked questions to all professional photographers. For street photography, I use whatever camera I have at the moments. It might be my Canon DSLR, or my Fujifilm mirrorless or my smartphone. For the first series of “1+1” it was Canon 5D MarkIII with a Sigma 50mm F/1.4 EX DG. Usually my favorite combo to go out with is Fujifilm X-T2 attached with the Fujinon 23mm F/1.4 lense. Lately I’ve just added the Samyang 12mm F/2.0 lense.
- Flash or no flash? – For street photography I prefer ‘no flash’. I want to capture exactly what I see and what I see usually does not include flash light. I try not to intervene in the situation and change the subject’s reaction. However, sometimes if the situation allows, I may play with flash. Out of street photography, I love flash.
- Filter or no filter? – I’m flexible about this. I own a package of VSCO film filters and I love it. However, the original tone and mood are so satisfying that a filter is unnecessary.