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.
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"
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.
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.
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 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.
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’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.
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?"
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.
Abrar (28 running, unmarried, MBA running) works at Ericsson's project Under 20cube logistics Ltd, a telecommunication site. He lives in Dhaka the capital of Bangladesh, a developing country, as he called it.
Calling in life: : I think Photography makes me happy then anything else
Hobby: Photography, to travel, gym
Last book read: Sherlock Homes
Favorite quote: Never judge people before you get to know them
Favorite drink: Cocacola
Profile: Be a Good and honest person and Love to be a GOOD photographer
His dream is to travel around the world and experiment new photos: “In my country street photography is not much popular. Here people are not friendly about taking photos, especially in streets. Most of the photographers take portraits and write sad stories, you know... if I could go abroad I could take a lot of photos”
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.
Inés Madrazo Delgado
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.
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…"
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.
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."
Boy Jeconiah, a 45-year-old primary school art teacher, documents the streets of Jakarta.
“I have not really paid any serious attention to coffee table book collections of other photographers, I just do what I do, and try to use my camera to show the different ways people go about their lives.”
I'm lithuanian, born in Vilnius, capital of Lithuania. There were no artists in my family, but we always loved culture and art. As well as I’ve been working in the field of culture for many years. As far as I remember myself, I always liked to observe the environment - people, events.
When I've picked up the camera in my hands, I've noticed that although I enjoy various forms of photography, most of all I am attracted to photograph people in their natural environment, when they are real, not pretending or posing.
Street photography has become a true discovery for me, an opportunity to capture true life, telling a story and connecting this with creativity using light, colors and shapes.
Street photography is also a challenge that makes me overcome my shyness and timidity to get closer to people and learn how to show their daily activities, emotions, reactions in a respectful way.
There are many possibilities in a street photography.
When someone asks me about my own style of photography, I just try to explain that I'm on a journey trying to look for and learn everyday with open mind and heart in a real life. As well as I admire and rejoice in every new discovery.
I was born in Genova (Italy) in 1976, but I am based in A Coruña (Spain) since 2005.
I have been attracted to photography since I was a kid. I remember taking pictures with my grandfather's camera over the family summer holidays.
The camera has accompanied me on my trips across the world. In recent years I have been drawn to the street photography, which to me now means a way of documenting society with a critical view.
In 2017 I walked the streets of 26 European countries with my camera in a fully independent journey, taking about 85,000 photos.
At first sight, this may seem insane, but actually, it was just my personal attempt to the answer to two primary questions that I have been asking myself in the light of the current economic, political and social evolution we are facing: Does the European society exist as a whole? And if it does, how does it work?
In April 2018 I complete a Crowdfunding in the Kickstarter platforme to rise the funds to print the photobook of my project “Europa”.
The book was released in September 2018 and was presented in A Coruña, Genova and Madrid.
The first edition of 150 photobook is now sold out.
A second edition is available from November 2018.
In November 2018 I also started my new project about Gentrification in Lavapiés, Madrid.
I started to deepen the photography only in October 2010, when my wife gave me a camera for my birthday.
But I always shyly love it.
Actually I was born as a musician.
I did guitarbar, as well as the street artist.I played a lot, without a goal, until when, at 35, I started working, first as a broadcast technician and later as a sound engineer, in a television station.
Here I also dealt with graphics and another great love blossomed: the CGI.
This work experience lasted 12 years.
Then I enrolled in a master's degree for 3D Artist in whose program of studies were provided rudiments of photography, even with practical sessions.
After the master I wanted to deepen following a professional photography course, of course.
In short, to get here I made the rounds wide.
Everyone has his monsters to fight and I need to learn something new every day, to go to sleep peaceful.
I'm not a professional photographer but an Architect who loves photography.
When I was 4 years old I suffered a really bad accident and as a result I lost all the vision from my left eye.
I do not remember what is like to have binocular vision and therefore both depth and full vision perception. Perhaps this is the reason why the action of looking and focusing was something that obsessed me from childhood, especially when facing a child’s fear that the possibility of being completely blind was always kind of lurking in there.
I remember my first ever camera, a pretty rudimentary Kodak.
When back in my youth I decided to pursue a university career I opted for Architecture.
It was there where I received the training that helped me greatly in order to have an awareness of this beautiful, unexplored world that surrounded me, so much more complex and complete than I ever imagined, ready to interpret and therefore figure out both the material and the immanent.
Hello my name is Marco and I grew up on a farm in Arizona! Just kidding! This was my dream when I was a child. I’m 39 years old and I left my own town in the South of Italy when I was 18. Actually I live in Bologna. My friends describe me as easy going and a good listener. I’m not a professional photographer but I love photography. To me, street photography is a way to tell myself and to yell out my mood. Everyday, people live, suffer, enjoy, love, love and love, and I think I can make immortal all these moments. Street photography is about finding something special in common people and places.
My name is Anat Shushan.
I'm a 46 experienced street photographer from Haifa, Israel.
Started my exiting journey in photography when I was 16 in high school when I chose to learn in an art school.
There I was exposed to the world of dark rooms, self-developing pictures and negatives and the magic that a camera creates.
In my army service I was a photographer and a photography instructor and continued to spread my love to this amazing art.
I've been experimenting all kinds of photography over the years, till a few tears ago I found my home-street photography.
For me, street photography is all about people. In my photos I try to tell human stories which are also my stories, my world. Pieces of life, of seconds, of us. I try to become the storyteller.
I love walking on the street, a typical street walker but love the interesting people and characters, extraordinary scene and social moments and interactions.
Only watching these daily life around me wouldn't good enough, time flies, to photograph in public would be so fascinating and enjoyable, it keeps me aware that we are living in the vivid world everyday!
Tiny things and scene would become valuable, nobody would become somebody. To grasp the usual unusual, watch the complexity simple.
Taking street photos teaches me to appreciate the matters we get used to.
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".
Professional photographer? I hope!
Actually I’m an employee in one of biggest banking company in Indonesia. My expertise is in Information Security Architect.
I started to love taking pictures with my camera so many years ago when I was in college. Using an analog camera and roll films has been an amazing experience for me. At that time, I need to defray my expenses by myself to minimize my parents’ load.
So I kind of became a commercial photographer. I enjoyed that moment, and I’m really proud of myself because I could pay my expenses from taking pictures. When a digital camera came into my world, I was interested in macro, landscape, and street photography.
Taking pictures of human activities, interactions, habits, and cultures are such very amazing experiences to me.
When I’m on the street, I enjoy creating interactions with strangers from various social levels and different/heterogeneous types of people.
Talking about their life, family, dreams, etc. has made me aware and realized about life principals and I must be grateful to God for what I own now.
I’ve taken photographs for a number of years but tended, like many, to record the family, holidays and business trips.
It was only when I came back from a holiday in Portugal that I realised to what extent I felt the need to photograph people. Not family, per se, just people! Strangers.
I’ve always been fascinated by Social Psychology. I love body language, expressions. I was just drawn to Street.
So... I got back from that holiday in November ‘17 and had to find an outlet. I’d taken hundreds of shots my family weren’t interested in. What the heck!? Who are they? So... I went online and posted in a Street Club.
That Christmas I got a book on Garry Winogrand.
I am a nanny.
Someone gave me an old camera about 5 years ago...
wish I had had one sooner!
I like to be inspired by other people’s shots. I like to go out and try new and different things. Perhaps improve on something I have done before.
I think it is easier for a woman to shoot street. I smile if people see me and avoid eye contact as much as possible. I tend to shoot from the hip on the move.
Long ago, I embraced the genre of street photography.
Yet instead of documenting reality, I steal scenes from it … to create images of my own ... composing them only in the camera with a single exposure.
From a visual point of view, I am especially attracted to (perhaps obsessed with …) reflections, shadows, and silhouettes. From the point of content … I’m in search of the unusual, the surreal … looking for scenes … simplifying independent stories that evoke an emotional narrative.
I was born in 1957, in the beautiful town of Ljubljana … then Yugoslavia but now Slovenia. Although I studied architecture, I was also a musician and devoted most of my time and creativity to this expression. I was quite successful … but not enough to support my family (three children, all adults now). So I spent 10-years in dull, mind-numbing professions as a wage-slave
As an antidote to my various sell-outs, I started to pursue photography some 40-years ago. However, this was strictly a way to document my immediate family. This resulted in some of my most satisfying photography … yet my artistic expression remained only a hobby. A few years ago, I rediscovered photography in the digital era - which not only made the creative process easier … but also allowed me to connect with other photographers on this-and-that social platform. Soon I found my point-and-shoot camera very limiting. It was only natural for me to acquire a serious DSLR … and this was like an epiphany. Things changed … photography took hold of me as never before. It was almost an addiction.
Over time, I stopped reading reviews on every new piece of photo gear and used my leisure to discover new ideas and new photographers on the internet … studying the history of both past masters and inspiring contemporaries of street photography. This gave me such a marvelous boost … and I began long photo walks and discovering tricks and techniques of shooting in the streets.
Before I realized it, photography had become an important creative outlet for me. I began showing my work to other people … first friends … and later sharing it on the web. Anyone who pursues artistic expression cannot operate in a vacuum for long. Acceptance and validation and yes … even constructive criticism … is just damn good medicine.
Recently, my health has failed me - but photography is what really keeps me going, happy to be alive every day.
Despite teetering off toward antiquity, having lost my boyish charm and a young man’s energy, I still consider myself an amateur photographer … gladly a work-in-progress, always looking forward to what comes next.
I’m Harrie Miller and since 2016 I’ve resided in Melbourne, Australia.
I’ve been a teacher for longer than I care to admit. I’ve taught across a spectrum of ages and institutions, from Infants children, to Primary, High School, College and adults at University. Prior to teaching I was in the electrical trades and in industrial electronics. Not long ago I worked in two art galleries in Western Australia. Now I try to travel as often as I can to see the many facets of our changing world and its vast and diverse people.
“Street photography is 99.9% about failure.” Alex Webb
If I deconstruct Webb’s dire statement there are, for me, two parts to contemplate. Me with camera through the lens of my experience and a chance encounter with my star subject in the street, the person I haven’t yet met, and don’t know.
For me street photography is a matter of finding a visual moment that inspires me to click knowing there’s only one chance to get it right!
Meandering streets aimlessly can be very rewarding and when I think it’s become tedious I keep going. Why? Because I don’t know what exciting possibility is around the next bend or corner? And how the interplay of my presence, time, light, mood, my feelings and physical position may coincide and contribute to serendipity and that all-important captured candid street scene I’ll consider as worthy and unique to my eye.
In essence my camera is a tool which helps me register and fix a moment of life in my immediate place for a considered longer look later and also for offering my view to peers and others in a likeminded world.
Finally, I keep being positive by knowing that the difference between an ordinary shot and a ‘keeper’ is, I think, as Alex Webb intimates, pure luck. And so the more photographs I take the better my chances are of getting an interesting shot will become. And I motivate myself by hoping it’s the next one because, chance and I commingled!
Two of my passions are teaching and street photography. I am a 5th grade teacher and I love being with my students every day. I enjoy watching them gain self-confidence and become better critical thinkers by year's end.
The light is frequently very bright where I live in Tucson, Arizona. However, this can often help create photos with sharp contrasts and intense shadows. I love the challenge that street photography brings; you never know what you might discover on the street. I enjoy the serendipitous moments one can capture, when the light and the actions of people on the street come together to create an intriguing image. I am interested in capturing interactions between people as well as emotions that make for an interesting story.
I travel to San Francisco three times a year on personal photo safaris armed with my Ricoh GR II. San Francisco is a street lover's paradise. The architecture is sublime and there are so many fascinating people on the streets.
I am always in search of new stories to tell.
“A street photographer has to be ever observant while on the street because most scenes only last for a few seconds before being lost forever.”
Hi, my name is Shimi Cohen, 47 years old, based in Israel. I live in Kibbutz Givat Brener.
Photography has been an important part of my life for the last five years. I roamed the streets taking photographs and developed my skills as a street photographer.
Photography gives me a different way to observe the world. 18mm is the way to see the wide of the universe, 35mm is the way to see the life of the human.
To take photos is my true love and passion and I strive to use my photos to tell a story. I am inspired by the life rhythms & constant flow of everything around me. I aim to expose the emotional side of human beings in the city streets, pushing the final image into a story.
These days I concentrate most on documentary photography in series.
Photography is a very important part of my space… it is to discover, it is to capture giving flow to what the heart feels and sees in a certain moment, it is being in the street, experiencing, understanding, learning and, essentially, practicing the freedom of being, of living, of thinking.
I have won awards; and lost awards, but that isn’t what matters.
What matters is chasing the light and sharing it!
Photography has been my passion since I started studying it in the early 80's when I was 20-year old. In the early years, I have studied in “Camera Obscura” – a well-known photography and art school in Tel Aviv.
In those days, I worked with a film-based camera (Nikon FE2) and printed my photography in my own home laboratory. Since then, I specialized in geographic and cultural photography – people, places, nature and landscapes. Although I sometimes experience with other fields of photography, this is my main and most preferred area of photography. Today I shoot with a Nikon D800, with several lenses. The main lens is Nikon 28-70 F2.8. It gives me the quality of a prime lens with some flexibility to the rapid changes of my subjects. In cultural photography, I believe that if you are not close enough to your subject, the photo cannot be good enough.
For street photography, I usually use the Fujifilm X-T2 with 23mm f2 prime lens. I found this small and amazing camera fits the best for the situations I faced in the streets.
Beyond the technology, Photography is an art, a passion, a way to express myself. When I am holding a camera in my hands, the whole view of the world is changing. I am seeing the world as a sequence of singular frames, instead of a continuous motion. Frames of impressions, lights, textures and situations - frames of special moments.
My name is Fran Balseiro and I live in Viveiro, a small town in Lugo (Spain).
My love of photography began about 15 years ago. Since then, I haven’t released the camera.
Although I started photographing landscape and nature, I find street photography more interesting. When you go out into the street, every moment, every instant is different. It’s the emotion of going out and not knowing what you’re going to find, relating to people and sometimes knowing something about their lives.
I like turning street photography into art. I’m a pretty perfectionist person and I always try to look for art in my photography. I give a lot of priority to composition and especially to light, looking for the best hours. And if I can tell a story with my photography, so much the better.
That’s a challenge for me and I love it.
"Let me show you the world in my eyes" – Depeche mode - The song I like the most and the band I love the most. If only I could give you a little moment of how I look at the world through photography - I did mine
My name is Hila , I'm 37 years old, from Israel. I have a master's degree in family counseling and a bachelor's degree in psychology. Perhaps this can explain my attraction to street photography - to look at people - to see behaviors and to freeze this moment.
One of my favorite things is music - so when I hold a camera I put music in my ears and feel that I'm dancing in the street with the camera -I've always wanted to be a dancer but I'm too much of a cliché to that.
I fell in love with photography a year and a half ago, I had a hard time in my life and someone suggested that I start filming myself on a mobile phone - he told me that someone did a photographic project of Salafi every day for a whole year and that helped her connect to herself…So that's how you started to shoot - I learned about light and I learned about angles and most importantly I learned that I have a passion for photography
Street photography is a passion I can not explain - it revives me - I feel like a hunter who goes hunting for the little moments of people on the street - it's magic - to catch the moment and I'm the wizard who creates it .
That's how photography makes me feel like everything: a dancer, a hunter, and a magician. And in the end I just want you to see my view of the world as I see it
Primarily a street photographer. Interest is human interaction. Consider the bulk of my work as documentary. I am a historian of the passing moment. But I am also prone to artistic whimsy, most notably seen in my preoccupation with reflections, which represent photo realism of another sort.
In the course of my photographic life I have shot thousands of strangers because I felt that they were in some way worthy of immortality. Thus far, none of them have complained. If you happen to be one of those strangers and do not wish to have your image displayed, please contact me through my e-mail. I'll remove your image.
I have used many different sorts of cameras over the years but in the last decade or so I have been using Leica M, Fujifilm and Sony rangefinders almost exclusively. I use both digital Leica M, Fujifilm and Sony and Leica M7 for film.
Toutes mes photographies candides reposent sur des clichés simples, sans artifices ni grandes mise en scènes, simplement la vie à l'état brut.
My Name is Don Trammell and I am currently living in Finland. I have lived in many world regions during my life; from the Gulf and Middle East, to Europe and many visits to Japan.
I started taking photos while living in Germany. I really had no clue about what I was doing but it was fun. After moving to Kuwait, I took some online courses and bought a decent camera that allowed me to explore and create. I found that my true passion in photography is street. Watching the world go by and documenting it is one of life’s pleasure.
As I have traveled more and more, I am invited to capture the human experience that exists. I am fortunate to be able to document life through the lens of my camera.
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.
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.
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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