Street Photographer Jeff Wesseling

"Photographer" image photo credit Matthew Douglas

BACKGROUND

Way back in 1982 I picked up my first camera, a cool little Nikon FG 35mm. Immediately found a spiritual passion for capturing images.

Within a year I was in college studying photography and darkroom technics. Quickly after that I found myself teaching photography in continuing education programs for the board of education.

As far as being a commercial photographer, I really had no interest in it, I just wanted to shoot whatever I found interesting. I preferred the bizarre unexpected results when experimenting so I loved to push the boundaries of the camera and film.

When digital came along I completely embraced it, studied PhotoShop from PhotoShop v2.0. Then became the Digital Imaging Production Manager for a large desktop publishing company which was great, but... having a more than full time career didn't leave much time for my own photography interests so I put it aside for many, many years until recently when I semi-retired.

Now with a bit more time on my hands I picked up some new gear and headed to the streets, simply love the rawness and unexpected beauty of the people and things I find while wondering the streets of the world.

Toronto being in my own backyard was the obvious first choice to get out and shoot. It's a large vibrant city with many wonderful opportunities for photography. I'm always inspired by the subway and lighting underground, almost magical.

My wife, who is an award winning Photographer, and I travel as much as possible. In the past few years I've been able to do some casual street photography in some of the most interesting cities in the world which you can see on World Streets pages.

I've embraced Street Photography late life, it has been a blast, incredibly inspiring and a wonderful way to see the world around you. Wish I started doing it decades earlier.


My best advice for anyone thinking about shooting Street...

1. Don't worry about what gear you have just get out there, shoot as much as possible and enjoy your surroundings.

2. Instead of spending money on the latest gear spend your money on traveling, the best way to free your heart and mind.

LINKS

Oh yeah, I am also a musician — here's a couple of my projects.

Jacobus Alphonso

A Thirst For Faith


And my wifes gorgeous awarding winning photography site.

Rosa Wang Photography

CONTACT

Feel free to drop me a line at me@jeffwesseling.com