1. Drones and bird's eye
We are presenting here a picture made with the POV "bird's eye" very dear to me. Many great photographers were "suckers" for this kind of POV.
The present pic is oversaturated but this can easily get corrected as long as there is compositional power.
But here came the drones to replace the impossible to reach high buildings for a "diving" shot. Dunno how these pics are made. Photograms taken out of continuous video? Or the photographer still sees, decides and triggers?
The fact is that my dear Kertesz would have been definitely out of business.
2. The reflex
Why do we call (D)SLRs reflex cameras? Reflex lies with the photographer. As does obsession. And perseverence.
Would you stop your car climbing out of a garage to immortalize a fluxing motion and would you have the reflex to shoot in a fraction of a second? Andreas did and he had it!
3. The Pulitzer prize
I have many times repeated that it is a thin line between "cheap cheat" and genuine expression.
"In order to see a picture thoughtfully we have to be able to communicate with the same language. Usually we connect if we understand the message or if the picture is appealing to our memories. Pictures of human suffering have an immediate impact because we all have experienced pain. Photographers that are aware of this are often trying in an aggressive or more subtle way to boost such feelings."
This year's Pulitzer prizes and other prestigious awards were given to pictures "conveying" the Syrian refugees suffering.
Up to you to judge whether those pictures are more powerful than Stela's continuous revisiting of a hard reality "au quotidien". Let's give our award to a struggling father day in-day out, wherever he is found himself, way longer than a couple of months.
Link back to FB (David Mar Quinto, Andreas Neophytou, Stela Patrulescu)
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