I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed.
— Garry Winogrand
In this article I’ll talk about Photography as the means to capture the world in a way so the pictures itself to make people think about them. To convey a message and to captivate with meaning! It s an amazing feeling to explore the world with a camera in your hands. You want to see more and more everyday and after that you want to see everything.
American, New York City, 1964
‘Los Angeles, California’
Searching through the web I found an agency named “Magnum” with photographers who are brilliant at it. Many of their pictures have became icons trough out the years, attributing to the almost heroic status of Magnum. Every single one of them has a great story behind. In 1947 Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David Seymor founded this agency, one of the most charismatic agencies of photojournalism in history. The project was born made of photographers for photographers, leaving behind the consumer format fed by other agencies and magazines, coming closet to and enhancing the art of each individual as a photographer. For more than six decades this form allowed many photographers to be closer to the world, telling us a story in an image.
Inspired from photographers like Garry Winogrand, Henri Cartier Bresson and Rene Burri I became very passionate about Street Photography. This was one of the reasons that for the Photography course I decided to create a book about the life around the Thames. Telling a story in a single frame was the most challenging aspect of my work. “Alone with the Thames” is a book revealing Street Photography throughout my eyes. The book includes spontaneous and arty motivated compositions, influenced by the views and the people around the canal. Every single photo of the book is a story by itself. Exploring Street photography is more than fascinating for me. It is incredible how from a single photograph you can feel the energy of the street and it is not hard to become obsessed by it!
Capturing people in their everyday life, dramatic face expressions, magic of lighting, meaningful compositions all these factors are so inspirational. Street photography is not an easy way to make photography. The way you see in Street photography is much more important than the fancy cameras and lenses. Coming home with an interesting street photograph is incomparable experience, because it is so rare.
I also want to direct you to the work of Rui Palha whose black and white photography is amazingly inspirational. Breathtaking shots, stunning light, unbelievable angle and perspective, great dynamism and mood.
Rui Palha – Zombies
Rui Palha – Life goes on…
more of his photography you can look at Rui Palha