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Street photography is more than just picture taking

Chicago homeless
Chicago homeless
photo's by me, Ms. Rhonda B.

Chicago – You see it. Many marvel at its beauty. But how many more dismiss street photography as just shooting from the hip? Someone you should know is Chuck Jines, a freelance documentary street photographer, philosopher, intellectual and writer. He is single-handedly working to bring forth the message that street photography is more than just taking pretty pictures.

When one hears the words “street photographer,” one often envisions the homeless, dirt, grime, and even crime. Photography is an art form and a passion that takes people from here to there and everywhere. Noted street photographer Chuck Robert Jines would like to set the record straight as to the beauty and artistry involved in street photography.

Photojournalism is a combination of pictures and words where pictorial, usually photographic, presentation of news stories dominates written copy or at least is plentiful. Jines is a documentary photojournalist.

People who experience homelessness are not a monolithic group; there are many different kinds of people that experience homelessness, and for different reasons.

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place…I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them,” by Elliott Erwitt

Street Photography

Street Photography
Street Photography photo's by me, Ms. Rhonda B.

You see it. Many marvel at its beauty. But how many more dismiss street photography as just shooting from the hip? Someone you should know is Chuck Jines, a freelance documentary street photographer, philosopher, intellectual and writer. He is singlehandedly working to bring forth the message that street photography is more than just taking pretty pictures.

Photography

Photography
Photography photo's by me, Ms. Rhonda B.

Scottish-born filmmaker John Grierson coined the term “documentary” to describe fact-based filmmaking in the 1930s. A documentary is a fact-based film that depicts actual events and people. Documentaries can deal with scientific or educational topics, provide journalism or social commentary, or serve as a conduit for propaganda or personal expression. During World War II, documentaries were valuable propaganda tool for each side.

The neighborhood(s)

The neighborhood(s)
The neighborhood(s) photo's by me, Ms. Rhonda B.

Documentary films today are a broad category of nonfictional motion pictures intended to document some aspect of reality, primarily for instruction or maintaining a historical record. Television has become an important medium for more journalist and educational documentary films. Documentaries emphasize a more informal and intimate relationship between camera and subject.

Chuck Jines

Chuck Jines
Chuck Jines photo's by me, Ms. Rhonda B.

Photojournalism is a combination of pictures and words where pictorial, usually photographic, presentation of news stories dominates written copy or at least is plentiful. Jines is a documentary photojournalist.

C. Robert Jines,

C. Robert Jines,
C. Robert Jines, photo's by me, Ms. Rhonda B.

Jines seem to recognize that sometimes people try to expose what is wrong with others because they cannot handle what is actually right about them. On his website, he states, “let us not forget that while street photography was born looking into the darkest crevices of the human condition, the purpose was to transform the world into a better place. To me, the highest art is that which betters the human condition. Pop art can make one feel, [while] fine art can cause one to take pause and think; but 'High' art moves one to take action, and thus, changes the course of history.”

When bad things happen to good people

When bad things happen to good people
When bad things happen to good people photo's by me, Ms. Rhonda B.

Jines is on a mission to share his passion: showing the beauty within the dirtier side of this world in which we all live. He still shoots film, and conducts ongoing workshops, meetups, and online chats to educate those interested in capturing the art of the streets, and how to maximize its beauty by shooting film in this digital age.

a noteworthy street photographer

a noteworthy street photographer
a noteworthy street photographer photo's by me, Ms. Rhonda B.

The workshops are designed for anyone near Chicago interested in photographing the beauty in the streets, in historical/social documentary photography, or in photo-journalism. There is an art to capturing life as it happens and telling stories with images, and Jines has committed himself to show the world how it is done.

Jines

Jines
Jines photo's by me, Ms. Rhonda B.

When one hears the words “street photographer,” one often envisions the homeless, dirt, grime, and even crime. Photography is an art form and a passion that takes people from here to there and everywhere. Noted street photographer Chuck Robert Jines would like to set the record straight as to the beauty and artistry involved in street photography.

Cleaning up

Cleaning up
Cleaning up photo's by me, Ms. Rhonda B.

Jines is passionate about the people he encounters in the streets, acknowledging that “they may not be who they ought to be, and for sure most are not at all who they would like to be. But many have come a long way from where they used to be, and most of them need a hand up so that they can have another opportunity toward becoming the ‘somebody’ that they are destined to be in this world where they have been sent to be.”

good people

good people
good people photo's by me, Ms. Rhonda B.

Jines moves gracefully throughout the city to document the human experience. On his website, he has a quote from William S. Burroughs that is quedar bien; quite appropriate: “Every man has inside himself a parasitic being who is acting not at all to his advantage.”

Chuck Jines Photographer

Chuck Jines Photographer
Chuck Jines Photographer photo's by me, Ms. Rhonda B.

People who experience homelessness are not a monolithic group; there are many different kinds of people that experience homelessness, and for different reasons.

When things happen

When things happen
When things happen photo's by me, Ms. Rhonda B.

Episodic:

These are individuals and families who go in and out of shelters. They tend to be younger, leave shelters when they get income, or use shelters seasonally.

me, Mz. Rhonda B.

me, Mz. Rhonda B.
me, Mz. Rhonda B. photo's by me, Ms. Rhonda B.

Transitional:

These tend to be individuals and families who become homeless due to a housing, health care or other financial crisis. They come into the shelter system and remain there about three months, and often do not become homeless again.

the neighborhood

the neighborhood
the neighborhood photo's by me, Ms. Rhonda B.

Chronic:

These individuals and families have been homeless for a year or more, or four times in the last three years. Many of these people use the shelter system for extended periods of time and are thought to consume 50 percent or more of total shelter days.

images

images
images photo's by me, Ms. Rhonda B.

In addition to the three categories listed above, there are a number of homeless sub-populations who face special circumstances in escaping homelessness.

collage

collage
collage photo's by me, Ms. Rhonda B.

These include:

  • People suffering from severe mental or physical illness or chronic substance abuse.
  • Households experiencing domestic violence.
  • Ex-offenders or people released from institutions with no place to go.

Youth who have been thrown out of their houses because they are lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender or are pregnant, or have left because there is abuse

C. R. Jines

C. R. Jines
C. R. Jines photo's by me, Ms. Rhonda B.
  • Immigrants/undocumented individuals who can't find work or housing because of lack of documentation, language and cultural barriers.
  • Veterans, including individuals suffering from post traumatic stress disorders.

Works Cited

"HOMELESSNESS 101." Chicago Homeless, Housing First, Ending Homelessness. Chicago Alliance To Endless Homeless, 2008. Web. 10 Nov. 2013.

people

people
people photo's by me, Ms. Rhonda B.

Jines’ affordable and power-packed classes and workshops begin to take on a life of their own in the Fundamentals of Street Photography Workshops.

beauty

beauty
beauty photo's by me, Ms. Rhonda B.

The workshops are designed for anyone interested in street photography, historical or social documentary photography, or even photojournalism, which is the art of capturing life as it happens by telling stories with images. Whether one is a seasoned photographer or a beginner, a day spent with Jines is for those who want to discover the joys of photographing the human experience.

car

car
car photo's by me, Ms. Rhonda B.

The workshops are designed for anyone interested in street photography, historical or social documentary photography, or even photojournalism, which is the art of capturing life as it happens by telling stories with images.