I respect that. But for me, what this image makes up for in aesthetics, it lacks in context. Of course the most valid argument could be that any photo can tell a story. That is true, but only from a philosophical point of view. A good Street shot, however, must convey a story on more personal level, not just report it like a photojournalistic image, which often focuses on a single point of the story where the photographer is merely documenting the scene - much like Street. An Urban/Rural City Life Shot - or rather, Travel Mag Photography, on the other hand, is more concerned with aesthetics. The story doesn't matter here - as long as the shot itself is breathtaking. But, that's only my opinion.
It's good to promote awareness of photographic categories and also to realize these categories are not exact and there is some overlap. This qualifies as city life and street, but more importantly it's a damn good photo!
We definitely need more categories! This one could be either Street life or Street transportation... I know! Street transportation life! PS Having seen your examples I think I have had Street set as my default category
And the distinguishing between "street" and "city life" is important because…? (The man is a "character". The background layers are interesting. The light/color plays really well. The man placement going out of the frame, the yellow car entering, the very graphical mass of the boxes dominating the scene, the stationary man in yellow shirt at the back etc… - all makes for quite exiting composition… The arrow direction? - the last thing I would notice…)
I respect your opinion - you know I do. Wait... lemme think. Yep, I definitely respect your opinion!
I also agree 100% about the kind of stuff that sometimes gets accepted in our Street groups. But hey, nobody's perfect. We are all human after all. We too can make bad judgements. And you know what the worst part is? A majority of nasties showing up in our galleries were put there by the group admins themselves. They have the power and they are taking full advantage of it. I won't say their names, but despite my constant reminders via note asking them to be more selective about what they submit to the group, they continue to post one doozer after another. They even get all upset, keeping a low profile for a while - say a few days, and then they're back at it; posting even more doozers after another!
But having said that, there's one TSF Contributor in particular whose name I have no shame in mentioning is Jan - *lightdrafter. Actually, I'm rather proud to give him a shout out.
When he was invited (not by me) to join TSF as Contributor, he would post a couple of good shots here and there; every now and then. But what followed next was a series of god awful images ( he's sooo gonna kill me for saying this ) showing up in our group galleries. So I sent him a few notes about being more selective and not posting own works in excess - stuff like that. Then one day, BOOM! This guy does a complete 360 and turns into a Street photographer par excellence!
So the moral of the story is:
Well? Go on. Tell me what the moral of the story is?