I am sure that some of you wonder about how many pictures does such an extensive trip represent. Well, I took around 22'000 street photographs during the last year, which is about 60 pictures a day. Since I edited while traveling, I only have kept around 6'500 pictures in my archive, which corresponds to 18 pictures a day. Or in other words, about one picture per every hour I wasn't sleeping.
Evidently, there are large variations from day to day, and country to country :
10 pictures/day in Mexico
13 pictures/day in Australia
25 pictures/day in India
40 pictures/day in Myanmar
Does it mean that some countries are better for street photography than others ? Probably yes, at least in terms of opportunities. Yet other factors such as personal connection, safety, local culture and climate do also matter a lot.
6'500 pictures is still way too much, so over the next few weeks, I'll further trim my archive (I won't delete the excluded pictures) and hope to bring it down to a collection of 500 pictures. These images should be the most interesting ones and well representative of our experiences, sort of a souvenir slideshow of the journey. The final step will be to find the 50-100 images in this collection worthy of a book.
Shooting was easy, yet I fear that the real tough part has just begun … it's all in the editing, right ?
Below is the next to last picture I took during the trip. I wonder if the boss keeps production statistics too ? (click on picture for high res)
Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph