Even recently, Tim Huynh the director of the documentary Fill The Frame, whom I had interviewed recently, asked me why I did not come back to Facebook. I can say it now, I was addicted to social media. Always checking on my smartphone how many views on my shared photos, how many likes … A real drug addict. It was not healthy behavior for me. I don’t know how the others deal with it, but it was unlivable for me. From time to time, I have also had photos that have been featured by Facebook, Instagram, 500px or World-Street.Photography groups. Subconsciously, for each photo shared, I hoped that my photo could please and be put forward by the curators.
I burnt my wings. I got lost looking for this junk recognition. I wanted people to like what I was doing. And then I got fed up with this behavior and letting others decide what my photos were worth. Some would say that I’m not emotionally detached from my photos enough and that’s the problem. What is certain is that I attached too much importance to what others thought of my work. The best thing I have done in recent years has been to close my accounts on Facebook, Instagram, 500px and World-Street.Photography.
Of course, by doing this, I cut myself off from all contact with other photographers. However, some people have kept in touch with me. You are quickly forgotten in this digital life. I’m not bitter, just lucid. I couldn’t ask people to keep in touch with me. It was I who had decided to leave. But that says a lot about behavior on social media. The good thing is, I took away the distraction of social media and just focused on my work. This is one of the reasons why my work has become more consistent in recent years. I also kept, for my part, contact with photographers whose work spoke to me. Among them is Alex Coghe, an Italian photographer who has been living in Mexico for many years. He is a photographer who inspires me a lot. I really like his photographic approach and his Blog is full of very interesting articles.
When Alex contacted me to offer to publish myself in his magazine TSPN (The Street Photographer Notebook), I was pleasantly surprised, because I have not appeared on radar screens since I left social media. You have to take the step to come and see my photos on my Blog or website. And if Alex came to offer me that, it was because he knew what my work was all about. This work which has evolved a lot in recent years. Alex had posted a few of my photos, but that was 2-3 years ago. Since then my style has changed and I was happy to have the opportunity to show more people what I was doing now.
As the title of this Blog indicates, it’s a mongraphic issue. In this TSPN n ° 75, there will be only my photos. It’s like the photobook that I can’t quite achieve. Alex asked me to submit a significant number of photos. I didn’t know at the beginning on what topic. It was up to me to decide and quite naturally, I decided to submit only “moment” themed photos. This is what I like most about Street Photography. This moment when all the pieces of the puzzle fall into place to give us THE photo. Looking at it, the idea comes to us that it is a posed photo so there is so much to see in the frame. Even though I find this expression of Henri Cartier Bresson overrated, it must be what he called: the decisive moment.
So there you have it, this Monograph is available in digital or printed version via the Peecho website. If you are interested to see the selection (54 photos) I made or just to get your hands on what looks like a Photobook of my photos … I recommend this TSPN 75 because it is not tomorrow the day before that you will see this so called Photobook that I have already told you about.
Finally, I would like to warmly thank Alex for this publication. It allows me to get out of my cave and see some light, but pretty soon I would go back to the shade that suits me so well.