It’s been a while since I’ve been on YouTube to see videos about Street Photography. It’s also been a while since Tim Huynh, one of the craziest Vloger, published anything. His latest video is about the last Italian Street Photography Festival. An uncompromising review of the finalists’ photos and also of the winners. You can see the video here. It gave me a chance to see what’s currently going on in Street Photography.
Since I have retired from any photo sharing platform, I no longer look at other people’s work. For over 4 years I looked at countless photos. I was blown away by some of the photos. Even more blown away by others. But a certain weariness also set in because I realised that it was a race for sensationalism. It had become a race to the top. More and more. This is especially true for the photos that are sent in for competitions.
You know what ? Nothing has changed since I left … It’s this overkill that annoys me. I realise that these kinds of photos generate an instant emotion in me [Waouhh!!] but that it quickly fades. Why is that? These photos always have the same style calibrated for competitions. Juxtapositions, superpositions, burlesque photos, photos that play with colour… In short, yes, these photos are pleasing to the eye, but in the end it’s just like social networks. We look at them, we smile and [Next!] we move on to the next one …
I’m not interested in this kind of photography anymore because for several years now, I’ve had a more documentary approach to the street. I realise that I have a very old school vision of Street Photography. I photograph very ordinary and mundane scenes simply because the street is like that 99% of the time. Sometimes something unusual or extraordinary happens. I just try to be a bit creative with my composition, but I don’t try to make pictures that look like surrealist paintings. I’m very keen on the documentary side of things.
All the photos were taken with the Ricoh GR3. For some reason, the quality of the photos in the Blog is quite poor. You can click on the photo to get a better quality in the thumbnail that will open.