Street Photography is Fun
Street Photography on the Beach with the Fuji X-Pro 1
Daytona Beach is the home of many things. It’s the birthplace of NASCAR, it holds one of the largest and most famous motorcycle events in the USA, Daytona Bike Week, houses one of the best photography museums in the USA, the Southeast Museum of Photography, claims to have the “World’s Most Famous Beach,” but one of Daytona’s best kept secrets is that it’s an unending resource for street photographers.
Don’t believe me? Just ask all of the Magnum photographers who shot in Daytona Beach over the years again and again. Photographers such as Eli Reed, Constantine Manos, Elliott Erwitt, Bruce Gilden, Carl De Keyzer, Hiroji Kubota, Chien-Chi Chang and Alex Webb. I lived in Daytona Beach during two separate occasions. The first time was back in 1990-1991 while attending photography school, and again from 2003-2006 while a staff photojournalist at the Daytona Beach News-Journal newspaper. Yet I still get excited every time I have a chance to go back, because street photography in Daytona Beach is always fun. Street photography ON Daytona Beach is even more fun! In Florida, you have several major cities such as Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa/St. Petersburg and Miami, but in all reality, only Miami is a good place for street photography, and only in South Beach or Little Havana. But Daytona Beach is better, far better.
Street photography is fun, and that is why we do it. So whether you’re shooting on a crowded city street downtown somewhere in a major city such as New York City, at an event such as Jazz Fest in New Orleans, or casually strolling the 25 miles of beaches in Daytona Beach, Fla., don’t forget to have fun!