This truck with the image of Holy Maria has been driving on Italy’s highways and attracting several street photographers into photographing it against the blue sky. Some of the photographers were aware of the images by others, but still decided to create a version of their own. Photos like these are what led me to start the StreetRepeat project, as they kept appearing in my feed, causing the déjà vu feeling and some confusion. Now I’m happy to share the stories of all three featured photographers and the story behind the religious symbols on lorries in Italy.
This is quite a fascinating theme to me. Not only did many photographers capture the same cat painting in the Moroccan village of Essaouira, they all captured it together with a seagull. It shows how much we are trained to create the same visual connections with different eyes, at different times. I’ve asked the photographers to share the story behind their image.
January 2018 was the starting point for StreetRepeat and I’m happy to look back at the amount of featured themes, categories and subcategories. 2018 was also a year of new friendships and connections, online and offline. It has been enlightening to discuss the issue of repetition and originality with so many of you. Now it’s time to take a step back and scrutinise our own repetitions: the most repeated theme on StreetRepeat in 2018.
This theme shows just how similar things can be seen by different eyes. The photographers are apparently unaware of each other’s images, yet the scene, choice of black and white, the angle and composition are are nearly identical.
The ‘Smoke out of the head theme’ is quite common in street photography. Things protruding from people’s heads, such as trees, poles, and plumes of smoke, have always been considered things to avoid. But street photographers sometimes break this rule for the sake of humor. I asked the three photographers below what they thought about having their photo featured in this collection.
This highlight is about the collecting process of StreetRepeat, to show the making of categories and subcategories.
The ‘People Looking at Planes’ theme was the first collection on StreetRepeat. All three images are taken in a similar way, from a low angle, juxtaposing the back of someone’s head with jet vapour, and probably with the use of flash. I asked each photographer what they thought about having their photo featured in the set, and if they had already seen the others’ work.