Thorsten von Overgaard's Photography Website
  Get Newsletter & Free eBook  

 
 
The Story Behind That Picture - 227
      Thosten von Overgaard on Facebook Thorsten von Overgaard on Twitter Thorsten von Overgaard on Instagram Thorsten von Overgaard on Leica Fotopark Thorsten von Overgaard on LinkedIn Thorsten von Overgaard on Flickr Thorsten Overgaard on YouTube Thorsten Overgaard video on Vimeo Thorsten Overgaard on Tumblr Thorsten von Overgaard on 500px  
leica.overgaard.dk    
 

Thorsten Overgaard by Alvin Lim Bagasan.

   
 
   

The Story Behind That Picture:
"The Art of Walking the Street"

By: Thorsten Overgaard. August 3, 2021

(This article is an excerpt from my book "Why do I Photograph?" which you can buy and download here).

 

Add to Flipboard Magazine.

 

The Art of Walking the Street and Always Wear a Camera

Today I am writing to you from a national park in Croatia. Yesterday we walked around the lakes and in the woods for seven hours. Today we go see one of Tito's (1892–1980) houses up the road before we head to Zagreb and Belgrade for a sunset photo walk with locals. I visited 9 countries in a few months.

 


The fairytale country of Plitvice national park in Croatia. Leica SL2 with Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4 BC. © Thorsten Overgaard.

 

Walking every day and always wear a camera could be called "the art of staying alive" because there is always things to see, and no matter if you walk for half an hour or for many hours, there is always something unexpected happening. This is an experience I have from all workshops where we walk. Even when it seems a normal day, we always stumble into something happening that you could never have planned.

 


Leica SL2 with Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4 BC. © Thorsten Overgaard.

 

Recently in Paris, I came across this odd street corner and waited 5-10 minutes for someone elegant looking to fill the frame. After a while, this classic Mini car comes down the road. When I later looked at the picture, I recognized the man inside the car as someone I had stumbled into in Paris five years ago where him and his spouse made a good photo for me.

 


For a brief moment, "my corner" had a classic Mini and no tourists in t-shirts. One of many frames, this one worked for me. Leica M10-P with Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4 BC. © Thorsten Overgaard.

 

You never know, but you have to get out there for something to happen. Or rather, things are happening all the time, but if you are not out there, you won't notice or experience. As a photographer it is very fundamental. You have to have a camera you like to use, and you have to be able to always wear it so it is ready when you want to use it. A small size, simple operation that you know well, and a strap with the right length and simplicity.

This can be complicated in many ways, by having a too heavy camera, or a complicated strap system, or annoying operations and sounds of the camera that make you feel like a fool whenever you want to capture a photo.

The Art of Walking the Street is to simply go out to look, and having a camera over the shoulder, just in case.

 


Layla with the Leica Q2 Monochrom in Dijon, France. Leica M10-P with Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4 BC. © Thorsten Overgaard.

 

A couple of days ago we went to Mont Blanc, the mountains. From 30 Celsius in the charming city of Chamonix, twenty minutes up the lift to the top and it was 0 Celsius and stormy. There was even a bit of snowfall, and we saw a group of people trekking on the mountain. We waved and the waved back.

 


Trekking in the mountains. Leica M10-P with Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4 BC. © Thorsten Overgaard.


In between the snowy tops of Mont Blanc and the waterfalls of Croatia, we stayed a night in Venice - which is hot, humid, a bit of a tourist trap, but always beautiful (Venice doesn't smell in the summer anymore, they fixed that). I learned years ago that arriving and departing Venice is best done in a wooden Taxi limousine boat. They seem expensive, but compared to other means of transport, they are not. The 70 - 150 Euros for a trip from the airport to the front entrance of the hotel is well worth all of it. If you ever dreamed of living as Hemingway, or to be in a James Bond movie, that ride will make you feel just like that. We stayed in the most quiet part of Venice, in a quiet hotel that features the first private garden of Venice from the 1700's.

 

In the first garden in Venice, from 1700, part of the Grand Hotel Palazzo dei Dogi . Leica M10-P with Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4 BC. © Thorsten Overgaard.
In the first garden that was established in Venice (in year 1700), which is now part of the Grand Hotel Palazzo dei Dogi. Leica M10-P with Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4 BC. © Thorsten Overgaard.

 

An afternoon with Henri Cartier-Bresson

   
 

Preorder the eBook,
"An Afternoon with
Henri Cartier-Bresson
"

Add to Cart

   

I am writing on a new book, "An Afternoon with Henri Cartier-Bresson", which will is available for preorder now and will be released in October 2021. I'm sure you always wanted to see how HCB worked, and this is the book where we get to follow him from the moment he leaves his apartment, how he walks and works the city while he reflects on life, til he turns in the rolls for development at his usual lab at Rue de la Roquette.

I spent a month in Paris this spring, taking photos, printing photos, putting my postcards into luxury hotels, writing and walking the streets. It's a paradise for a photographer.



The view from Henri Cartier-Bressons front door in Paris. Leica M10-P with Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4 BC. © Thorsten Overgaard.

 

Exile in Europe

I've been in a sort of exile in Europe. I went to organize my mother's estate and other things in Denmark after having not been there for two years. Things happen, and there you are, barred from moving as freely as you are used to. But learn from others, Hemingway stayed in Paris on self-imposed exile, writing his 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises. The Rolling Stones fled England in 1971 as tax exiles, which led them to record the album Exile on Main Street in Keith Richards basement in Villefranche-sur-Mer.

 


In Paris, writing, reading, photographing, printing and meeting interesting people.


The lesson is that, while you wait in exile, you can do things you didn't plan. I've done several "Walk with Me", which is free sunset walks in Hamburg, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Zagreb, Belgrade, Istanbul and more, and I managed to sneak in a workshop in Paris as well for a handful of enthusiasts. More than 200 new people I got to walk with.

I also wrote my newest book, "Why do I Photograph?" in Europe. Mostly in the mornings, after walkign the city. The new video class on the Noctilux is also a product of my Exile.

 



A moment in Opatija in Croatia. Leica SL2 with Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4 BC. © Thorsten Overgaard.

 

Exile in the US

Now it is time to return to the US, which may be another exile, depending on what sort of travel regulations are thrown at us. The Silicon Valley Workshop and the New York Workshop are almost sold out, having been postponed a few times. I do a Chicago Workshop again because the last one in October 2020 was quite fun and was sneaked into a brief moment between lockdowns.

 

Thorsten Overgaard by Alvin Lim Bagasan.
Thorsten Overgaard by Alvin Lim Bagasan.

 

I'll be doing a few "Walk with Me" in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Clearwater and so on as I move through the cities. So stay tuned for a newsmail and Instagram notices with dates on that.

 


Krisijan Smok out and about with the Leica M10 in tthe Zagreb "Walk with Me" .Leica SL2 with 50mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4 BC. © Thorsten Overgaard.

 


It feels like a lifetime ago, but is just a few weeks ago. The group photo from the "Walk with Me" in the beautiful sunset of Amsterdam.

 


A moment in Belgrade, Serbia. Leica SL2 with Leica 35mm Summilux-L f/1.4 ASPH. © Thorsten Overgaard.

 


I hope you enjoyed today's Story Behind That Picture. As always, feel free to email me with questions, ideas and suggestions.

 

-Thorsten Overgaard




 

 

 

 

 

Thorsten Overgaard
#2109-0821

 


   
   

 

 

   
   
   

 

Thorsten von Overgaard
Thorsten Overgaard's Leica Article Index
Leica M digital cameras:   Leica L digital cameras:
Leica M10   Leica SL
Leica M10-P   Leica SL2
Leica M10-R   Panasonic Lumix S1R
Leica M10-D   Leica TL2
Leica M10 Monochrom   Leica CL
Leica M9 and Leica M-E    
Leica M9-P   Leica R digital cameras:
Leica M9 Monochrom   Leica R8/R9/DMR
Leica M240    
Leica M246 Monochrom   Small Leica mirrorless digital cameras:
Leica MD-262 and Leica M60   Leica D-Lux
    Leica C-Lux
Leica M film cameras:   Leica V-Lux
Leica MP   Leica Q2
Leica M4   Leica Q
    Leica Digilux 3
Leica M lenses:   Leica Digilux 2
Leica 21mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4   Leica Digilux 1
Leica 21mm Leica Super-Elmar-M ASPH f/3.4   Leica Digilux
Leica 21mm Super-Angulon-M f/3.4    
Leica 28mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4   Leica R film cameras:
Leica 35mm Summilux-M ASPH FLE f/1.4 and f/1.4 AA   Leica R8 / R9
Leica 35mm Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0   Leica R4
Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95 FLE   Leica R3 electronic
Leica 50mm Noctilux-M f/1.0   Leicaflex SL / SLmot
Leica 50mm Noctilux-M f/1.2    
7artisans 50mm f/1.1   Leica compact film cameras:
Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH f//1.4   Leica Minilux 35mm film camera
Leica 50mm Summicron-M f/2.0 "rigid" Series II   Leica CM 35mm film camera
Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0    
Leica 50mm Elmar-M f/2.8 collapsible   Leica R lenses:
Leica 75mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/1.25   Leica 19mm Elmarit-R f/2.8
7artisans 75mm f/1.25   Leica 35mm Elmarit-R f/2.8
Leica 75mm Summilux-M f/1.4   Leica 50mm Summicron-R f/2.0
Leica 90mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.5   Leica 60mm Macro-Elmarit f/2.8
Leica 90mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0   Leica 80mm Summilux-R f/1.4
Leica 90mm Summarit-M f/2.5   Leica 90mm Summicron-R f/2.0
Leica 90mm Elmarit f/2.8   Leica 180mm R lenses
Leitz 90mm Thambar f/2.2   Leica 250mm Telyt-R f/4.0
    Leica 400mm Telyt-R f/6.8
Leitz Cine lenses:   Leica 35-70mm Vario-Elmarit-R f/2.8
Leica Cine lenses from Leitz Cine Wetzlar   Leica 35-70mm Vario-Elmarit-R f/4.0
     
History and overview:   Leica S digital medium format:
Leica History   Leica S1 digital scan camera
Leica Definitions   Leica S2
Leica Lens Compendium   Leica S
Leica Camera Compendium    
The Solms factory and Leica Wetzlar Campus   "Magic of Light" 4K Television Channel
    Thorsten von Overgaard YouTube Channel
     
Photography Knowledge   Thorsten Overgaard books and education:
Calibrating computer screen for photographers   Thorsten Overgaard Masterclasses & Workshops
Which Computer for Photographers?   Lightroom Survival Kit (Classic)
What is Copyright? Advice for Photogarphers   Lightroom Presets
Synchronizing Large Photo Archive with iPhone   Capture One Survival Kit
Quality of Light   "Finding the Magic of Light" eBook (English)
Lightmeters   "Die Magie des Lichts Finden" eBook (German)
Color meters for accurate colors (White Balance)   "The Moment of Impact in Photography" eBook
White Balance & WhiBal   "Freedom of Photographic Expression" eBook
Film in Digital Age   "Composition in Photography" eBook
Dodge and Burn   "A Little Book on Photography" eBook
All You Need is Love   "After the Tsunami" Free eBook
How to shoot Rock'n'Roll   The Overgaard New Inspiration Extension Course I
X-Rite   The Overgaard Photography Extension Course
The Origin of Photography    
Hasselblad/Imacon Flextight 35mm and 6x6 scanner    
Leica OSX folder icons    
     
Leica Photographers:    
Jan Grarup   Riccis Valladares
Henri Cartier-Bresson   Christopher Tribble
Birgit Krippner   Martin Munkácsi
John Botte   Jose Galhoz
 
Douglas Herr   Milan Swolf
Vivian Maier  
Morten Albek    
Byron Prukston   Richard Avedon
     
The Story Behind That Picture:   Learn with Thorsten Overgaard:
More than 200 articles by Thorsten Overgaard   Leica M9 Masterclass (video course)
Thorsten Overgaard Workshop Schedule   Leica M10 Masterclass (video course)
    Leica M240 Masterclass (video course)
Leica Forums and Blogs:   Leica Q Masterclass (video course)
Leica M10 / M240 / M246 User Forum on Facebook   Leica Q2 Masterclass (video course)
Jono Slack   Leica TL2 Quick Start (video course)
Sean Reid Review (reviews)   Street Photography Masterclass (video course)
Heinz Richter's Leica Barnack Berek Blog    
I-Shot-It photo competition   Thorsten von Overgaard Free Online Masterclass
Connect with Thorsten Overgaard:   Thorsten von Overgaard Academy Online
Thorsten Overgaard on Instagram   Overgaard Workshops & Masterclasses
Join the Thorsten Overgaard Mailing List   Overgaard One-on-One Training
Thorsten Overgaard on Twitter   Thorsten Overgaard Archive Licencing
Thorsten Overgaard on Facebook   Commisioning Thorsten Overgaard Worldwide
 
 
The Von Overgaard Gallery Store:   Von Overgaard Ventilated lens shades:
Ventilated Shades "Always Wear a Camera"   Ventilated Shade for Current 35mm Summilux FLE
Camera Straps "Always Wear a Camera"   Ventilated Shade E46 for old Leica 35mm/1.4 lens
The Von M Camera Bag   Ventilated Shade for Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH
The Von L Camera Bag   Ventilated Shade E43 for older 50mm Summilux
The Von Mini Messenger Walkabout Camera Bag   Ventilated Shade for 35mm Summicron-M ASPH
The Von 24hr Jetsetter Travel Bag   Ventilated Shade for older 35mm/f2 lenses
Desk Blotters 'Always Wear a Camera"   Ventilated Shade E39 for 50mm Summicron lenses
Software for Photography   Ventilated Shade for Leica 28mm Summilux
Signed Prints   Ventilated Shade for current 28mm Elmarit-M
Computer Shade for MacBook Pro   Ventilated Shade for older 28mm Elmarti-M
Video Masterclasses   Ventilated Shade E49 for 75mm Summicron
Photography Books by Thorsten Overgaard   ventilated Shade E55 for 90mm Summicron
Home School Photography Extension Courses   Ventilated Shade for 28mm Summaron
  Ventilated Shade for 24mm Elmarit
    Ventilated Shade E60 for 50mm Noctilux and 75/1.4
Gallery Store Specials   Ventilated Shade for Leica Q and Leica Q2
 

 

 

Above: Thorsten Overgaard by Alvin Lim Bagasan.

 

 

 


Thorsten Overgaard in Palermo

Thorsten von Overgaard is a Danish born multiple award-winning AP photographer, known for his writings about photography and Leica cameras. He travels to more than 25 countries a year, photographing and teaching workshops which cater to Leica enthusiasts. Some photos are available as signed editions via galleries or online. For specific photography needs, contact Thorsten Overgaard via e-mail.

You can follow him at his television channel magicoflight.tv and his on-line classroom at overgaard.com

Feel free to e-mail to thorsten@overgaard.dk for
advice, ideas or improvements.

 

 



 


Also visit:

Overgaard Photography Workshops
Von Overgaard Gallery Store
Ventilated Shades by Overgaaard
Leather Camera Straps
Camea Bags
Calfskin Camera Pouches
iPad and Computer Clutches
Leather Writing Pads
Books by Thorsten Overgaard
Street Photography Masterclass
Leica Definitions
Leica History
Leica Lens Compendium
Leica Camera Compendium
Leica 21mm Super-Elmar-M ASPH f/3.4
Leica 21mm Super-Angulon f/3.4
Leica 21mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4

Leica 28mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4
Leica 35mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4
Leica 35mm Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0
Leica 40mm Summicron-C f/2.0
Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95
Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M f/2.0
Leica 50mm Summicron-M f/2.0
Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4
7artisans 50mm f/1.1
Leica 75mm Summilux-M f/1.4
Leica 75mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/1.25
7artisans 75mm f/1.25
Leica 90mm Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0
Leica 90mm Summilux f/1.5
Leica 35-70mm Vario-Elmarit-R f/2.8
Leitz Cine lenses
Leica Digilux 2

Leica M10
Leica M10-P

Leica M10-R
Leica M10-D
Pixii Digital Rangefinder
Leica M9, M9-P and Leica ME
Leica M 240
Leica M 240 for video
Leica M 262
Leica M-D 262
Leica M Monochrom
Leica M 246 Monochrom

Leica SL
Leica SL2
Panasonic Lumix S1R
Leica R9 dSLR
Leica Q
Leica Q2
Leica CL
Leica TL2
Leica Sofort
Leica S digital medium format
Leica X
Leica D-Lux

Leica C-Lux

Leica V-Lux

Leica Digilux

Leica Digilux 1

Leica Digilux Zoom

Leica Digilux 4.3

Leica Digilux 3

Light metering
White Balance for More Beauty
Color Meters

Screen Calibration
Which computer to get
Sync'ing photo archive to iPhone
Lightroom Survival Kit
Lightroom Presets by Overgaard
Capture One Survival Kit

Capture One Styles by Overgaard
Signed Original Prints by von Overgaard
The Story Behind That Picture
"On The Road With von Overgaard"

Von Overgaard Masterclasses:
M10 / M9 / M240 / Q / Q2 / TL2 /

 

 

Overgaard Photo Workshops

 

 

 

 

     
Buy eBooks by
Thorsten Overgaard
     
"A Little Book on Photography"   "A Little Book on Photography"
Add to Cart  

Add to Cart

     
"The Leica Q Know-All eBook"  
Add to Cart   Add to Cart
     
"Finding the Magic of Light"   "Composition in Photography - The Photographer as Storyteller"
Add to Cart   Add to Cart
     
"The Freedom of Photographic Expression"   "The Moment of Emptional Impact"
Add to Cart  

Add to Cart

     

The Portrait Book
How to Make People Beautifu
    Add to Cart
     

Preorder: The Noctilux Masterclass
    Add to Cart
     
Extension Courses
     
The New Photography Extension Course"   "New Inspiration Extension Course"
Add to Cart   Add to Cart
     
"Lightroom Survival Kit 7"
Lightroom
Survival Kit
  "Capture One Pro Survival Kit"
Capture One Survival Kit
Add to Cart   Add to Cart
     
Video Classes
     


Workflow
Masterclass

  Street Photo
Masterclass

Add to Cart

  Add to Cart
     
     


Leica Q2
Masterclass

  "Leica Q Video Masterclass"
Leica Q
Masterclass

Add to Cart

  Add to Cart
     
"Leica TL2 Quick-Start Video Course"
Leica TL2
Quick-Start
Video Course
  "Leica Q Video Masterclass"
Preorder:
Leica M9
Masterclass
Add to Cart   Add to Cart
     
"Leica M10 Video Masterclass"   "Leica M 240 Video Masterclass"
Add to Cart   Add to Cart
     
Lightroom Presets
     
Lightroom Presets Leica M10   Lightroom Presets Leica M9
Add to Cart   Add to Cart
     
Lightroom Presets Leica TL2   Lightroom Presets Leica Q
Add to Cart   Add to Cart
     
Lightroom Dutch Painters Presets by Thorsten Overgaard   Leica Presets for Lightroom by Thorsten Overgaard
Add to Cart   Add to Cart
     
"Hollywood Film Presets"
Add to Cart    
     
Hemingway Presets for Lightroom by Thorsten Overgaard
Add to Cart    
     

201 Lightroom Presets
+ 4 Export Presets
Add to Cart    
     
Capture One Styles:
     
    Leica Styles for Capture One by Thorsten Overgaard
    Add to Cart
     

17 Capture One Styles
Add to Cart    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Thorsten Overgaard
Thorsten von Overgaard is a Danish born multiple award-winning AP photographer, known for his writings about photography and Leica cameras. He travels to more than 25 countries a year, photographing and teaching workshops which cater to Leica enthusiasts. Some photos are available as signed editions via galleries or online. For specific photography needs, contact Thorsten Overgaard via e-mail.

You can follow him at his television channel magicoflight.tv and his on-line classroom at overgaard.com

Feel free to e-mail to thorsten@overgaard.dk for
advice, ideas or improvements.

 

 
           
  · © Copyright 1996-2020 · Thorsten von Overgaard


 

© 1996 - 2021 Thorsten von Overgaard. All rights reserved.

 

Web Analytics