Fredericton Streets / by Adam Travis

The sun is setting at 4:30, there’s snow on the ground and my vitamin D intake is through the roof. Winter can suck for photos, and while I’m dreading the grey masses of crusty snow we’ll have by February, I’m working on staying motivated through photo projects.

 November 2016: A man checks his phone as a cyclist passes

November 2016: A man checks his phone as a cyclist passes

For me, that’s meant working on street photography. Whether it’s going on a photo walk or stumbling across a scene on my way to class, I like catching moments – someone reflected in a window, running to catch a bus, or just on a smoke break.

 August 2015: A man takes a smoke break at Saint John's Lilly Lake Pavillion

August 2015: A man takes a smoke break at Saint John's Lilly Lake Pavillion

I like that the photos document Fredericton in a way it’s not usually seen. Instead of ultra-colorful sunsets from the bridge, I like capturing the movement of people through places, the art in everyday things.

 August 2016: A lineman is framed by poles and wires

August 2016: A lineman is framed by poles and wires

Never mind the fact that it’s easy to feel self-conscious doing it. Walking down the street and pointing a camera at total strangers can feel a little bit creepy, let’s be honest. But besides the fact that it’s one of the oldest forms of photography, street photography is crucial to a city’s identity.

 July 2016: Dancers swing through the crowd at Fredericton River Jam

July 2016: Dancers swing through the crowd at Fredericton River Jam

More than a skyline, a pretty sunset or a perfectly lit stock photo, Fredericton is the people that live here. Dancers, bikers, runners or just grocery shoppers, everyone is part of the city’s identity.

 April 2016: Shoppers come and go at Victory Meat Market

April 2016: Shoppers come and go at Victory Meat Market

While it’s borderline impossible to document every single one, street photography gets us closer to understanding the culture of cities and neighborhoods than pretty sunsets ever will.

 January 2016: Kids skate across an icy Officers' Square.

January 2016: Kids skate across an icy Officers' Square.

 November 2016: A soldier in formal dress, reflected in a window

November 2016: A soldier in formal dress, reflected in a window

 September 2016: People lounge on the steps of the Fredericton courthouse during Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival

September 2016: People lounge on the steps of the Fredericton courthouse during Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival

 August 2015: A runner crosses the Bill Thorpe Walking bridge, shrouded in fog

August 2015: A runner crosses the Bill Thorpe Walking bridge, shrouded in fog