A photographer asked today: Content, composition and storyline- which is most important for a street image? And then he concluded: people/viewers don't encourage those images which are the result of an experimentative soul.
Story in itself is not enough …
HCB was the first to acknowledge that form and content are inseparable and their harmonious combination makes the picture.
Then we have understood (probably due to photographic overdose) that harmony is boring. And some "fast-food" ingredients appeared. Street photographers started relentlessly to portray the juxtaposition of amputated human body parts in the foreground and some unrelated objects in the background.
This in itself was not new as distortion is appealing. Already in the beginning of the last century we were experimenting with fetishisation and self-mutilation, headless or limbless mannequins (now humans). It was and it is an approach where normality plays with abnormality, a self-confrontation.
My appreciation was (maybe not anymore) that the important elements are surrealism (contradictions between dream and reality), symbolism (absolute truths described in a metaphoric way) and abstraction (suspending reality by avoiding the literal description of things from the visible world).
Or are they?
Here is a picture proving us wrong and proving the author right (the essence lies elsewhere and most probably only within the artist's vision).
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