“Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don’t come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they’re having a piss.”
― Banksy, Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall
Art festival was great in terms of observing artists while doing something they love. It was an epiphany of sorts.
Story behind the shot: was looking for people for a street portrait and passed a very old looking barber shop on the corner of the street. I saw some old man on the chair, waiting for his remaining hair to be trimmed so I went in, asked for a shot and the answer was positive.
Sometimes, staying on the edge is the most reflective moment in your life. What lies in front of you is uncertain, and what’s behind, doesn’t really matter. You just need to make a leap of faith and dive in. There’s nothing like the instant moment.
Haven’t been around my blogs this summer, because I’ve been busy experimenting with photography and my work. But today I woke up with this thought in my mind and I knew I had to write it down.
It’s about street photography and why it appeals to me that much. As an introvert who likes to observe life in its pure for, streets are the best scene for that. You find all kind of people, young, old, tired, happy, serene, pens a time and the list can go on. On the streets activity never stops and as a street photographer you have the chance of capturing life as it is, with real situations, raw feelings, candid moments. Nothing is staged, no one should pose. And there lies the beauty of it, the show that never ends, because we are all part of it.
But as much as I like street photography, it presents itself as a big challenge for me. Going on the streets with the camera in hand means stepping out of my comfort zone every single time. It’s not easy for an introvert to go out there and take pictures of strangers. Will probably never be like Bruce Gilden, never getting that close to my subjects, but that’s okay, because we all have to find our unique style, our own voice. And I am going towards that. It might not bring me celebrity and I might not be featured by Magnum Agency, but that is alright. As long as my picture can tell a story and I am happy with it, it’s enough for the time being. After all, street photography it’s just a hobby so no pressure.