I don't think I'm essentially a street photographer. I guess Photography is just the way for me to express how I see things. It has something to do with a philosophical approach to reality. I have always had this way of observing reality, dwelling on details, on scenes that tell me something.
Early on in my life, I felt inspired by what was around me. Eventually, I got into street photography. It was a slow process. And this happened in a city that was not my hometown, where my view got released from all the parameters and preconceptions that you naturally develop in known places. What I perceived in that new urban landscape and became the ghost I kept freezing everywhere and in everyone’s face with my shots was an intense feeling of loneliness. As a photographer, I am already used to entering the world of loneliness because I must be able to become invisible. So I found myself breathing in my own loneliness and the solitude of those around me.
It is the distance between the photographer and the rest of the people that allows the photographer to notice what is overlooked and under-loved. I found this particular statement that confirms my thoughts: "...if love belongs to the poet, and fear to the novelist, then loneliness belongs to the photographer. To be a photographer is to willingly enter the world of the lonely because it is an artistic exercise in invisibility." - Hanya Yanagihara, Loneliness Belongs to the Photographer, The New Yorker.
The photographer feels and represents the loneliness of humanity.
This society is turning us into monads... and Street photographers are those who daily tell us about the loneliness of mankind through their shots. And that’s why words are superfluous in this realm. Only by looking at photographs we can understand this.
Call me Kennedy. I am an American - St. Louis born, that baseball and beer-loving city on the mile-wide Mississippi River.
Early on I knew I wanted to be a writer because writers were elegantly louche.
As St. Louis bad boy William Burroughs sardonically noted, they lounged around Singapore and Bangkok smoking opium in yellow pongee silk suits. They sniffed cocaine in Mayfair and they penetrated forbidden swamps with a faithful servant boy and lived in the native quarter of Tangier smoking hashish and languidly caressing a pet gazelle.
This was the life for me.
Yet I showed little academic promise in my youth, barely graduated high school and finally emerged from college after prolonging my adolescence for the better part of a decade in the 1970s.
Like many aspiring writers, it made sense to work for newspapers. I had a lively interest in the morbid and the abnormal. I also had an appetite for the extreme and the sensational, for the slimy and the unwholesome. I felt at ease among people who were liars, sluts, crooks, morons, cretins, perverts and obsessives.
Over a 20-year period, I worked for small town American newspapers in Montana, New Mexico and Oklahoma - primarily owned by publishers who were either alcoholics or sex addicts.
This period of life was what I desperately needed, as I tried to put my misspent youth in the rearview mirror. What I had not counted on is how I fell profoundly in love with photography. And, in that bygone era, this meant constant access to Tri-X film, a definition of heaven superior to any previous ideals.
Labels are a drag - yet if I must adhere to a frame of reference for some context, I’ll go with photojournalist - which is inclusive of both documentary and street photography, and allows visuals to compliment and reinforce written discourse.
My days in photojournalism ended over 20 years ago. In fact, I put my cameras away for a decade and had no further connection with my former world.
Yet - true love is what it is, and now I have returned home like Odysseus to find Penelope still waiting for me. That’s a little overly dramatic, because my Canon F-1 from 1976 is now a bookend, and my mainstay system is the Nikon D5300. Yet a Penelope is a Penelope is a Penelope (right, Gertrude?).
The truth is I’m still susceptible to falling in love, and lately I’ve been having a grand time with the Ricoh GR II. Call me a fanboy. I’m delightfully shocked by how lightweight and stealth the camera is for street photography.
And yet the gear doesn’t change my motivation.
I have no profound explanation for why I do what I do … for why I have this addiction to use a camera to document people on the street doing what they do … “some are mathematicians, some are carpenters' wives, don't know how it all got started, I don't know what they're doin' with their lives.”
To say more would “pluck out the heart of my mystery.” Yet the entire experience is a dazzling reminder of a genuine connection to this human tapestry, full of stories both common and unique, stories full of hope and heartbreak, stories full of solace and souls too soon forgotten, from the streets of Barcelona-to-the streets of Varanasi.
Have camera, will travel.
A mixture of coal and sawdust, a splash of water. Throw in a Yorkshire pudding mix, shake it up with Maori new beginnings and an Australian no worries blend. You have a Robert C Bannister. A life in engineering but a photojournalist screaming to get out. Street photography gives me that kick!
"Born out of a love of fine coffee and watching the world go by"
My name is Fabio Balestra, born in 1968 happily married. I live in a small village in Liguria - Santo Stefano al Mare IM in the western area, near the French border. Self-taught, I started shooting in 1986, then in 1992 I stopped suddenly. Until 2013, when I fell in love with a second-hand Fuji X100, I resumed taking photographs and since then I have not stopped.
For me street photography is an instinct, an attitude that takes you among people to stop time, a moment, a grimace or an important event. But always with the spirit of adventure and curiosity, nothing prepared, no project, only me and my camera and the life that surrounds me.
Because it's on the street that everything happens, and I'm there, among the people, almost invisible and I do the only thing I can do.
Shot mainly in black and white on the streets of my country, in shops and bars or in the surrounding area, a photograph at Km 0.
Shooting with old film cameras and Fuji X System
There is no way to do street, only the street exists.
Kevin is a Photographer, poet and an artist. He has been making photographs for over 45 years and has exhibited in Europe and in Malaysia. He is currently based in Ireland.
He is member of panel for International Photographic Forums and his work has also been featured in several International Magazines and by various International Organisations .
His paid commisions include fine art work for corporate decor, fine dining restaurants and environmental portraiture and fashion work.
He is also a consultant specializing in System Dynamics and tenured as CEO and GM for several Multinational Organizations focusing on the Human element in Project, Process & Business Improvement and effectively multiplied the revenue generation and EBITDA of organizations he has worked with.
He also specializes in Project management of ground up construction and commissioning of complex clinical facilities and also skilled in Drafting National and International Policies, position papers and Speech writing at international level.
He has also organised and presented and chaired panel discussions at International Seminars and Conferences.
I'm a 54 year old man from Sweden. I'm married to Anna-Lena and we have two grown kids, who have both flown the nest. When I was young I did athletics, mostly I ran 200-400 meters. At 19 I started coaching and at 27 I became a professional coach. This is still my job, even though I've drifted towards admin duties at the school for 16-19 year old athletes where I work.
I've been into photography for over 40 years by now. In the beginning, I shot everything, with my friends and athletes as the most common subjects. But when I look at my old negatives, I realize I shot something similar to street photography right from the start.
I've always liked to travel and always taken a lot of photos when I did. Since 2010 I've traveled extensively and combined my longing to discover the world with a growing passion for street photography.
My name is Lukasz Kazimierz Palka and I have been living in Tokyo, Japan since 2008. I got into photography as a way to get out of the house. After about 1 year in Japan, I found myself becoming a bit of a couch potato. Photography was an avenue for me to explore the city.
Since I live in one of the largest urban conglomerations in the world, I do not need to travel much. I simply explore Tokyo, often revisiting locations again and again. I find myself taking some photos over and over in search of a perfect iteration.
To find the rooftop locations that are often in my photos, I spend a lot of time walking around the city and climbing lots of staircases. It’s a matter of persistence and patience.
My advice is to be curious and keep at it. If you haven’t been to some part of the city: go there. If you’re city is friendly to walking: then walk. Shooting in the city is all about exploration. It’s about expanding your internal map of your city. There is no special need to travel to distant lands to get started. Any city will do. So, get a good pair of shoes and get out there!
"Which approach is better? Well, this is a wrong question in the Zen sense. Neither approach is right or wrong. Instead, the question we have to ask ourselves as photographers is this: what do I want to photograph, and what story do I want to tell?"
Jinn Jyh Leow
Born and raised on the island of Penang, Malaysia, I am a Penangite through and through.
I had no interest in photography until a university assignment had me out in the streets documenting the activities on the sidewalks. That was around the same time I found and fell in love with the photographs of everyday coincidences. I had not stopped photographing since.
Growing up in a car-dependent society where a 10-minute walk is considered excessive, walking is a discovery and a blessing; to be able to slow down, to observe, to wait, and to capture little (and perhaps unusual) moments of life. It is exciting to be out there, looking for the fleeting moments when spontaneity meets chance.
I love the fact that I don’t have to plan. I just have to have my camera, and start walking.
Pure serendipity – that’s how I discovered Street Photography and that’s what I love about it.
Born in Milan, I discovered Street Photography by chance. From then till now I never stopped to love it, I can say that it became a way of looking at the world for me.
Walking with my camera makes me feel good and comfortable. A moment, a scene, a gesture can be a trap in a frame, then the story can begin.
When I shoot people around me I try to imagine their life, I can feel a sort of knowledge with them. I always look for human life to capture because I love life.
Street Photography is essential to realize our modern times and to perceive mankind.
Born in Venice, Italy Sept 1976.
After 20 years involved to project management and travelling in Asia and Europe, I decided to stop that work to give the hand to what I love and makes me happy, so photography enters in my life like a storm in latest 2016 and move to Rome, where my photography took an amazing value of inspiration. After many mentions in groups of street photography, I believed to my talent and I start to study to myself order reach a good understanding of lights management and composition. Singer, guitarist and drummer, inspired to lyrics of songs of my 2 favorite band ( U2 and Linkin Park ) my approaching to the art of the fathers of photography and painting Masters, as Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Jan Van Eyck and following the Dalì surrealism and Magritte compositions and shadows play, gave me the hint to being inspired in my photos.
"In the doubt, I shot"
Istanbul/Turkey based photograph enthusiast.
Member of TurkuazStreet Collective and BULB (Bucharest Urban League of photographers for the Balkans)
Daily life photos,street photography. Searching order in kaos, looking for surreal and absurd in reallife.
Your photographs are only limited by your imagination.
"Street Photography mainly helps me to understand that similarities between human beings are actually more than I was told."
I’m originally from Glasgow but based now in Basel, five years ago I bought my first digital camera and started soon after to shoot Street Photography which has become my love and my passion these past years. I usually work close up and candidly, seeking out those people and moments which say something about our cities streets, and, how we live and interact in them.
In the last year I’ve been shooting in Basel, Paris, Istanbul and Tokyo. I was fortunate to meet up with other excellent street photographers which was a new experience for me after years of being on a solo mission. This experience is helping to grow my ideas about Street Photography and to try new and different ideas in my own work.
I’ve been working in a professional photo studio for four years now and also working as an editor and contributor at EYE-Photo magazine.
"Street Photography for me is a natural expression of my love of people and their cities, tiny fragments of their life stories captured in one fleeting instant, the vibrance and emotion of the street, it lifts me up and drags me down and shakes my emotions all around, no other type of photography holds my attention like street."
You can see my photographs online and I’m planning an exhibition later this year in Basel.
Mark Guider is a photographer with a bad case of wanderlust, traveling around the United States (usually in his converted FBI surveillance van), photographing whatever he finds interesting. Ultimately he is on a quest to create Street in any major city he can get to.
"With Street photography I don't have a choice. I must accept what I am given."
I am Karlo Flores, a radiographer and a visual artist based in Davao City, Philippines. It was in 2015 when I started playing my camera in the streets. Since then I have been taking snapshots of scenes in public and that has always given me inexplicable excitement.
My photographs come from a genuine desire to express the emotions that I felt during the time I was taking the shots.
I believe that there are two moments that are pivotal in a street photographer’s life: the moment one starts street photography and the moment one finally understands why he is doing this.
I am Peppe Di Donato and I was born in Naples in 1966. I am an engineer and I started taking pictures in 2012 when I realized that it was necessary for me to leave everything, my city, my home, some memories. So, I started travelling for work choosing a D7000 for friend. First of all Dubai, then Indonesia, Singapore, a brief period in Milan and then Angola, Saudi Arabia, Netherlands and now in Belgium.
I chose the street photography because there is always something to discover and to capture in one shot. Street photography documents emotions, relationships, everyday events where people are protagonists. That's what I try to communicate with my shots: faces, moods and expressions that otherwise couldn’t be reminded.
I am not a professional photographer, I think everyone can find something interesting to photograph in any place. Obviously, I love Naples! Naples is an open-air theatre and is perfect for street photography, but actually, I return back to my town just as a tourist.
"in the street there is always something to discover and to capture in one shot. Street photography documents emotions, relationships, everyday events where humans are protagonists. That's what I try to communicate with my shots, faces and expressions that otherwise would not be remembered…"
A Philippine-born living in Ottawa, the nation’s capital of Canada, Alexander loves painting and photography. At an early age, he delved in sketching, drawing and painting already. He had garnered several awards in painting, though, he had not had any formal training in it. People said that he was a natural born artist.
A twin tower of this love for art of Alexander is photography. He is so passionate about photography. Like painting, photography allows him to create and manipulate an image floating in his mind. This also allows him to share what he thinks is beautiful and interesting to others and make them think and feel about his work. That’s what he enjoys most!
Like other serious photographers, Alexander continually challenges himself to improve and revitalize his photography skills and styles and keep up with the trends and development. He devotes himself into learning not only the technical aspect of photography but the styles and ways of composing and creating an image, as well.He hones his skills through reading a multitude of books and magazines and watching video tutorials on YouTube. Likewise, through the mentorship of the New York Institute of Photography, the largest and oldest photography school in North America, he learned so many techniques and styles that have contributed immensely to make his images better and better. In addition, he attended workshops and seminars mentorshipped by well-experienced photographers where he further acquired numerous tips and tricks of the trade.
Alexander’s journey to photographic excellence doesn’t stop here. He believes that photography is a continues learning process. Hence, he continues to develop and enhance his skills through constant practice.
Among the genres of photography, one that really made him crazy, constantly challenged him and where his adrenalin soars high is street photography.
There is something in shooting strangers in public places that resonate with him more than any other kind of photography. This simply suits his personality, he believes. Being a human rights activist, he cares deeply about humanity. He is so interested in the life of the people, how they interact with their surroundings, what are their feelings, attitudes, interests and issues they are involved in. Yes, in this genre he has found himself enjoying two worlds—-that of street photography on one hand, and activism, on the other. As a street photographer, he tries that his images portray social conditions but not engaging in poverty porn. He is happy when his photographs are used as a tool to provoke discussion, leading to social change. Namaste!
I started shooting street around 2010 during my undergraduate engineering studies in India, after being deeply moved by the work of Raghu Rai, Henri Cartier Bresson and Elliott Erwitt. The deep sense of aesthetics in their photographs, while being strongly rooted in a fleeting 'moment', showed how life in all its simplicity is beautiful. It embodied serendipity. I began to feel that the act of freezing a moment of time within the confines of a frame is transformative, as much for the scene, as for the viewer who connects with it.
This has been my driving force, and I have grown to love the long hours of aimlessly walking through city streets with a camera, always on the lookout for an interesting story. I then moved to the Netherlands in 2012 to continue my studies, where I now am a PhD student in Applied Physics at Delft. Aside from my research, I have shot extensively in the Netherlands and during my travels around Europe and India. Street has been my way of discovering new places and its people. What I like most about it is the triumph of the unknown, as these photographs really cannot be 'planned' and are 'out there' for the one who cares to see. Even though most of the times I miss more than I end up capturing, the fact that I saw a glimpse of order in the chaos of urban life is deeply satisfying, and addictive!
With street, I have discovered that there are streaks of similarity that paint all our lives. It has also helped induce in the seemingly mundane an element of possibility, which has given me an abiding interest in all life around me. It is now a defining aspect of my life.
Born in Italy, 1974.
Living and making photos in Turin, Milan and other places.
I like different photography genres -landscapes, portraits, still life - but street photography is doubtlessly my favorite.
What I love most? Walking for hours exploring the city I'm in, searching for a good light and interesting urban scenes to capture with my camera.
"I'm interested in human presences inserted into light, shadows, colors and geometries, searching for something that sends the image "on the other side".
My name is Marion Junkersdorf and I am a Berlin aboriginee. I have always loved the international mix of people in my city.
Although I come from a family that has been involved in film business over generations, from my father's side, I never thought of myself as a visual person. I discovered street photography almost "by accident" a little more than three years ago but since then it has become an integral part of my life.
We all go out into the streets and want to "be someone". We construct our reality and try to create it by the way we present ourselves to others. But this reality is fragile and always open to interpretation. I love the cracks in this reality, the slip ups. And I love the moment when the light, the colours or other elements open the space for another reality: a story is born.
My name is Inés Madrazo Delgado, I was born in Spain on 04/18/1979 and I graduated in medicine specializing in cardiology later.
Photography had always been a passion and a pending subject, in 2016 I bought my first SLDR camera and started my career as an amateur photographer.
Unlike the other groups, Progressive will never make weekly or monthly rankings... What we can tell you is, we are the only playful group in this genre on Facebook. We will do some particular "numbers" on someone, such as 'Focus on' or 'Showcased' This will come with consistency. We want you to mix with the best and learn from the best. Articles will be posted from time to time. Offering advice, humour and inspiration. Exceptional images will be chosen for the gallery. Not always for being technically correct but in the true spirit of Street. When we make comments, It is for the whole group to learn, interact and appreciate. We maybe all at different levels. We may let through sub par images so as to comment, critique and develop. We may ask what your thinking is. Only for everyone to understand. Positivity is our motto, to enjoy, appreciate, laugh, and to post in the spirit of Street. Better to smile than to frown. Our admin staff are made up of fellow artists and writers. Not always of the same opinion, but always of the same passion!
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