A gallery opening and unexpected street photography with my Ricoh GR

Viewing Niz Graphics, The Room Gallery - Austin, Texas

Viewing Niz Graphics, The Room Gallery – Austin, Texas

Nothing like a casual get together in Austin’s east side. Last Friday, my friend Amalia had a showing of her Portraits of a Changing Economy at the The Room Gallery. This was my kind of place. Friendly people enjoying art and photography at a backyard setup that had none of the pretentiousness of a traditional gallery. It was also an unlikely place for a bit of street photography and portraiture.

There were two showings that night. Niz Graphics, a Peruvian stencil artist, also showcased her work, as you can see above.

The Blue Shack, The Room Gallery - Austin, Texas

I’m making a conscious effort to bring a decent camera with me. The Ricoh GR, which looks like a chunky point and shoot, tends to blend in and looks relatively harmless. I would love to carry it on a daily walking commute through target rich cities like New York. Unfortunately, my morning and evening suburban drive doesn’t afford much opportunities. Hence, I try to bring it with me if there’s any hint of interaction.

Amalia’s work was displayed in the blue hut, as you can see through the doorway.

Tripler, The Room Gallery - Austin, Texas

The light was nice in the evening and I asked Tripler to pose for a portrait. She helped organize the event and as well as the social media efforts. The GR’s 28mm equivalent isn’t the classic portrait lens but it can work when you include the environment. And, while traditional portraits with a long lens are nice, I tend to like these kinds of casual images.

Evening, The Room Gallery - Austin, Texas

Finally, here’s a look at the two gallery spaces. I’m always attracted to soft, incandescent string lights, which in my head, I equate to parties and get togethers.

Things got dark quickly after this photo and the GR is not ideal for low light, despite it’s large APS-C sensor. Ironically my Olympus cameras with a smaller sensor work better in low light. They have image stabilization and options for a faster lens as well as a better JPEG processing engine.

Despite its limitations, the GR does fill a spot in my vast camera lineup. It’s compact and unassuming and has the ability to take sharp images in decent light. It also works well for street photography and street portraits.


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