The Quiet Observer

© Greta Dalen

© Greta Dalen

© Greta Dalen

© Greta Dalen

© Greta Dalen

© Greta Dalen

© Greta Dalen

© Greta Dalen

© Greta Dalen

© Greta Dalen

Greta Dalen is the quiet observer. During the photo workshop I taught in Villajoyosa, Spain, this spring she wandered the narrow streets of this small-town; quietly watching life as it was unfolding before her. She approaches her subjects with respect and honesty. Greta is a street photographer in a classical sense – at least when she photographs on the street. She waits and waits and then in a glimpse of a moment she captures that little interaction between people, that little movement that brings magic to a picture. She keeps her distance, let people do whatever they do, and let daily life go by as it does. She is not intrusive. However, she captures those intimate moments, those private interaction that creates captivating images. Greta doesn’t believe in tricks or enhancements, but in capturing the right moment while focusing on entrancing content.


About Otto von Münchow

Photographer based in Norway
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66 Responses to The Quiet Observer

  1. RuneE says:

    Street photography as I like it

  2. giselzitrone says:

    Danke auch sehr gute Fotos lieber Gruß und ein gutes Wochenende von mir Gislinde

  3. Jamie says:

    Beautiful images from Greta!

  4. Well done Greta.. I particularly like Photo #2, the connection between the two older gentlemen and the looks on their faces.
    Thank you for sharing her work Otto!

  5. greta”s photos transport you to the scene, which we see through her sensitive eyes. she captures moods as well. z

  6. Each of these photos could tell a story, surely the art of street photography. Such expressive pictures.

  7. Wow, great photos collection. Greta did her work very well!
    Otto, your workshop succeeded in producing multi talented photographers!

  8. you are a very good observer and critic in photography !! I’m just a fan of “”life immortalization “” with the marvelous machine !! but I think the man behind the camera is important !! Greta here “” set”” what she felt to these people, “” a second from life “” !!
    In my experience observer … it’s harder to “fix” people than nature !! isn’t it” “??
    Special photos were those which set “” real life “” “real faces” I really enjoyed watching this as much as you did !!”

  9. Engaging street portraits…

  10. suej says:

    Beautifully, sensitively observed…I like these images, well done Greta 🙂

  11. My Heartsong says:

    Love the expressions on the first two, like they are so individual, yet connected.

  12. restlessjo says:

    I’m envious, Otto. Capturing the moment is something I find extremely difficult. This lady has it in spades 🙂

  13. Patrizia M. says:

    Un tipo di foto che io non riesco mai a fare, mi riesce difficile fotografare le persone. Ogni tanto ci provo, ma non scarsi risultati.
    Bravissima Greta Dalen, le sue foto sono stupende, vive!!!
    Ciao, un caro saluto

  14. Straatfotografie is pas mooi zoals toegepast door Greta, zodra mensen door hebben dat ze op de foto gaan is het moment weg.

  15. It is so darn nice to see street photography of people who are full of life. The smile on the woman in photo 3 is fantastic.

  16. Elaine- says:

    wait, is that Bob Barker sitting on the curb? hehe i wonder if the price is still right 🙂 nice street photography, she has more courage that i do

  17. emeraldwake says:

    Observer is the key

  18. granny1947 says:

    Beautiful photos…wish I could capture people like that.

  19. Arindam says:

    Great collection, Otto. The second one is my favorite. 🙂

  20. I love these images!

  21. She used her camera and the extension of her heart and captured what she saw. Beautiful work, thank you for presenting her here Otto 🙂

  22. So many things happen on the street and Greta has been very good to capture each moment, each character in an appropriate way,

  23. Expressions captured! How wonderful. So much better than posed shots.

  24. Phillip says:

    You said what I was thinking when you wrote that she captured that “little interaction between people”. That is really hard for a lot of people to do. Spoken by a landscape, historical photographer.

  25. Angeline M says:

    Street photography at its best here. Kudos to Greta for great work!

  26. Kudos, Greta! I can’t take my eyes off the first shot. What a delightful capture.

  27. Lisa Gordon says:

    These are wonderful!
    Thank you, and Greta, for sharing.

  28. PC PHOTO says:

    Greta Dalen is a terrific street photographer indeed! One a recent trip I added street photography into my shoots and because of your encouragement I was able to capture some fantastic images employing the same approach as Greta does.

  29. YellowCable says:

    I like her approach to not be intrusive. That will give the genuine capture of the real life moments. These pictures of hers show it. The smiling of the young girl is so sweet … Love that picture!

  30. Andrew says:

    These are beautifully caught classic style images. Thanks for showing them, Otto.

  31. Dalo 2013 says:

    Beautiful shots of life…capturing these private interactions seems to becoming a lost art, so it is wonderful to see such great shots. Very well done.

  32. themofman says:

    Good for Greta.

    Otto, I’ve missed coming to this blog for too long.

  33. People watching is one of my favourite things. Their eyes, every line on their face…they all tell a story. Greta has captured a lot of stories here. Wonderful!

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