Alex Coghe asked me if I wanted to participate in the next magazine he wants to publish. It’s called SHOOTR. You can find out a little more here and even send a photo for possible publication. I didn’t quite understand the concept and it was while reading the article that I understood that Alex wanted our best photo taken so far in the street. So as much to tell you that it is very complicated. I never wondered what was my best street shot I have done so far. And yet, for several years now, I have been selecting 12 of my best photos (very subjective choice …) for my last Blog of the year. It’s a matter of having a retrospective of the past year.
But here, you have to choose THE photo ! I won’t lie to you that it is super complicated and that the choice that I am going to make will surely not be the one that I can make tomorrow … At the beginning, I told myself that the chosen photo will have to synthesize all my photography. You might as well say that it is impossible to achieve. I immediately abandoned this idea. There is also another very important thing which is the connection you have with the photos. At the moment, I don’t look much of what I’ve been doing for the last few years. I am in the present and I have a lot more connections with the work I do in the streets of Saint-Denis than with the work done two years ago in the streets of Aix-en-Provence.
But of course my choice will be biased by this fact of living in the present. It is clear, however, that the best photos stand the test of time. I had some of these photos in mind and went to look for them in my archives. Yes, I am still so proud to have made them. Some are 5 years old and I still love them. I also have photos that I like a lot and which were taken in 2021. But do I have enough perspective on them? I do not think so. Will they age as well as those taken in 2016? It’s simple, we’ll talk about it again in 2026 …
Well I made it simple. I selected 3 photos per year. Which is not very fair between us because some years would have deserved more and we are not even in the middle of 2021 … But hey, we had to decide and it was quite simple as a process. and these are my photos and I do what I want with them ! So the calculation is simple, 6 years x 3 photos = 18 photos in total. The choice of photos is totally subjective and as I said, these choices could be different depending on my mood. But it is also true that some photos would still be in this selection even tomorrow, or the day after … I put you below, the 18 photos of the selection.
The photo chosen is this one.
I expect people to find this photo distressingly banal. It’s a static photo with a very simple composition, without light / shadows, funny juxtaposition, layers … everything that is very fashionable in Street Photography. Basically nothing flashy. Frankly if I only had to do this kind of photos for the rest of my life, I would be the happiest photographer.
Note: the first photo that illustrates this Blog is by Alex Coghe.