What is the best place for street photography? Simple question, impossible answer.
As far as street photography locations go, we all have our favourites even if in reality any place in the world is suitable for it.
We could write this article daily with different street photographers and keep getting different answers, it's the beauty of street photography.
We still asked some of our street photography network what their personal favourite location for street photography is...
Paul Russell - UK Street Photographer
"I photograph on daytrips out of my home in Weymouth, and get to Bath, Brighton and London – all places where I have previously lived. I love London for its frenetic energy, and Brighton for its quirkiness and diversity. At the moment, Bath is my favourite location – I like the fact that I can get off the train and there’s a small, compact city right there in front of me. I’m not overwhelmed by choices and walking here, which means that I can relax into a suitable state of mind for getting an interesting photograph."
Rich Docherty - American Street Photographer
"New York City, in my most humble opinion, is the best street photography city in the world simply because of the variety of people that inhabit it. It’s one big, crazy stew of a town filled with every imaginable type of human ingredient. You never have to look far to find fascinating subject matter and you never know what you’re going to encounter around the next corner—just be ready to shoot it! NYC never fails to surprise, never bores and offers a seemingly endless supply of the ridiculous to the sublime which, for street photographers, is a match made in heaven."
John Meehan - UK Street Photographer
"Like choosing a favourite song, movie or photograph, selecting one location is hard. I like busy urban environments with lots of energy and modern architecture. Therefore, I'm going with my adopted city of Liverpool because its compact centre offers a huge range of photographic possibilities in an easily walkable space. Liverpool is a predominantly working class city famed for its creative energy, and Scouse wit, and I try to capture that sense of place in my images."
Robin Johnston - UK Street Photographer
"I am visually inspired by Glasgow, its street life, architecture, textures and qualities of light appeal to me subconsciously. One of the most emotive areas for me as a street photographer is a lane at the back of Sauchiehall Street, which reminds me of a mythical labyrinth. The strangeness of the brick architecture combined with a magical low-key light creates such a strong, noire-like atmosphere."
Justin Sainsbury - UK Street Photographer
"I’ve learnt it takes me years to collect a good number of reasonable images before they begin to form the makings of a project. To me it’s important that a location is readily accessible, as with family and other commitments, I see too much travel as wasted time which I could have used wandering. Worthing is my home town and although it probably sounds like I’m making the most of limited opportunity, I think picture wise, Worthing has been good to me. I know where the light is best depending on the time of day and which backdrops to head for on my routes. As a seaside town there are distinct differences season to season both in the cast of characters passing by and the feel of the place. It’s for these reasons and perhaps just because I feel more comfortable in an area I’m familiar with that after many years here I still feel hungry when I go out looking."
Iwona Pinkowicz - UK Street Photographer
“I’ve been extremely lucky to be able to shoot street in a various cities across the world such as Tokyo, Rome, Paris and Singapore but my favourite place to shoot is the city I live in, London. The streets of London are exhilarating, with a rich variety of diverse people, cultures and architecture making the city an exciting and ever-changing place to shoot street photography. Working on my 365 “Street Portraits” project has been such a rewarding experience so far as everyone I’ve approached in London has, somewhat surprisingly, been very friendly and open to being photographed.”
Jose Luis Gea Arques - Spanish Street Photographer
"For me it has to be Lisbon. It has a special light for picture taking. This city's archictecture offers a lot of possibilities. The old decadent city and the modern with special places near the river. People in Lisbon are open and spend a lot of time in the street, it allow me to take fantastic street photos. It is also a very good place for black and white thanks to thousands of narrow street and old buildings."
Erik Lundqvist - UK Street Photographer
"I want my street photography to portray character and story, and what better place to find interesting people than Camden, London? You will meet people of all ages and cultures, literally a smorgasbord of great subjects. I’d like to think the crowd that visits Camden is fairly open-minded and understanding towards a respectful photographer who wants to share their stories with the world. Camden being packed full of fantastic bars and cafes to refresh a weary
and hardworking photographer has almost nothing to do with my choice."
Thanks you all for taking part and sharing your favourite locations!