Andrew Nasrallah in a shutter click
Main camera: Nikon D90.
Main lens: Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D
Post-processing software: Adobe Photoshop CS4.
Favorite lighting: Natural lighting from the sun has long satisfied the photographers since the very creation of photography. I rely on it as well.
Favorite time to make photographs: I do not mind going out shooing at any time of the day, or even at night. Although I do favor the time right after lunch (3-4 PM). Lighting then, is at its sweet spot.
Favorite season to make photographs: Winter. The cold weather adds a depressing touch to the mood of the photographs, which interests me.
Favorite photographer: Henri Cartier-Bresson. Notably known as The Pioneer of Modern Photojournalism. His work inspires me a lot, as well as others.
Favorite quote related to photography: “Photography is simultaneously and instantaneously the recognition of a fact and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that express and signify that fact” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
Andrew Nasrallah, street photographer
Why photography? What do you hope to achieve?
Photography is painting with light. It’s an artistic approach to life in which a photographer showcases the world around him/her the way he/she sees it through the viewfinder of the camera. It’s Creativity. My goal is to show others what I see through my lens: what Life has to offer us, and the beauty of the things that surround us as I speak.
Which photograph was your very first street photograph? What were the challenges?
Holding still to avoid any shaking when shooting at slow shutter speeds is not as easy at all!
I was wandering along Beirut’s Cornish when I saw a man sitting on a bench and gazing the horizon enjoying the beautiful view of the sea. I thought this was well worth a photograph.
What style attracts you most? Why?
Street photography in Black & White. People nowadays are so taken with their busy lives that they become blind to the beauty of the world that surrounds them. Street is a photographic style in which one portrays the interesting of things we have long forsaken as dull subjects.
How far do you go with post-processing?
I basically process my photos to convert them to Monochrome. Subtle changes are sometimes applied to Brightness/ Contrast, but that’s about it. I try my best to keep my photos to the confines of their original reality and not to modify anything beyond that.
What motivates you to grab the camera and go make a photograph?
My love for Photography. It’s always on my mind. I am speaking for myself here, but I believe other photographers would agree with me as well. It’s a passion. It’s an obsession.
Describe your feelings during a photoshoot:
When I’m out making photographs on the streets, I am cheerful. I am more aware of myself and of my surroundings. But the most important out of all this, I enjoy my time.
Did you ever cross borders in photography?
Crossing the borders of Street Photography is something no ethical photographer would ever do. That is, not taking photos when there’s a reasonable expectation of privacy involved such as people in restrooms and dressing rooms.
3 tips / advice to other photographers:
- Just go out and shoot. Forget about all the rules and ignore what photo equipment you own.
- Join a community where you can view others work and share your own as well.
- Join a group of photographers with whom you can plan photo outings. Most importantly, enjoy your time.
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