The other day I had a fruitful discussion with some great audience during a short presentation of the Masters of Photography. The questions which popped out in my mind were: we know where street photography came from, but where is it going?
We have talked about flea market surrealism, about ubiquitous symbolism, disturbing abstraction but still what hit some of the fellow photographers was something rather anecdotal. "Next time Michail I will bring you some pictures with half-bodies and bodiless heads"
I have mentioned that the human eye tends to complete a frame if there are incomplete shapes in it, and as an example I have showed some Winogrand pictures with mutilated objects/subjects.
I had not warned them about the cheap cheat of the recipe for a "fast-food" street photography: Using ingredients like wide-angle lens, B&W, high grain, lots of junk objects in the background, a mutilated body in the foreground.
"Go beyond these "recipes" and try not to just capture the world parading in front of us! But try to put your obsessions in a frame. Like an instant straightjacket to your dreams. Otherwise the emotions and the intensity we would like to convey will not be visible." is my answer to that.
As for the present/future of street photography, I am presenting here 3 extremely different pictures that could possibly each one represent the next steps. Or not! Only time will tell what is perishable, but let's acknowledge for the time being the mastering of their art (obsession) to the authors of a mystic, an eye-burning sharp, and a dreamily abstract image.
Link back to FB (Titti Dufva, Steven Jensen, Nuno Luz)
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