Asking permission or not, it’s a dilemma in street photography. I never used to ask people if it was ok to photograph them. Moreover, I almost didn’t make any contact. When people would confront me, I’d say that I’m doing a completely legal thing. My approach has changed a bit in the last few months.
In these times, when we spend much more time at home, deliberately or not, we often have more time to revisit our existing work and sometimes even to reinvent it. Some photographers start to edit series, combine old and new work. Others recreate their images by using collage or mix photography with another art form like painting. Spanish photographer Antonio García reacts to the current view of many cities by erasing all humans and animals from his images. The result is an eerie look into the old and the possibly new world.
The last couple of weeks we’ve been seeing multiple visual patterns belonging to this new type of reality we are living in. Empty streets and squares, animals roaming in cities (real and fake), the balcony culture, pictures of politicians next to planes with medical equipment, stuffed animals behind windows and many more. As I’ve always been an Easter fan, I’m very much into this new decoration hit: the protected eggs. Happy Easter to all!
100streetphotographsforpesaro is an initiative by photographer Alessandro Rocchi and the municipality of Pesaro in Northern Italy. Photographers can donate a print for 100 euro, raising money for the Marche Nord hospital in Pesaro.
As most of us are probably at our homes a lot these days, I’d like to share some photography-related videos with you. It’s tempting to constantly follow all the updates about the new coronavirus, though it can also bring you down. Apart from being well-informed and respecting advice and regulations about social distancing / staying at home, of course. Here are some videos that inspired me. The list will be updated and if you have any recommendations don’t hesitate to get in touch in the comments.
Meet Peter de Krom, a Dutch documentary photographer who decided it was time for a change and is undertaking a new profession redeveloping German bunkers from the Second World War. In his work, De Krom observes human behaviours and social groupings objectively and from afar, in a way that recalls a biologist’s view of the animal world. De Krom took a large part of his photographs in his hometown, a coastal village called Hoek van Holland (Corner of Holland), near the city of Rotterdam. It is in this same town that he’ll work to redevelop the bunkers for the purpose of ecotourism. I talked to Peter about this transition from observing the world, especially this corner of Holland, to taking a more proactive role in actually changing the landscape of the town.
Until 2019 I was doing street photography in my free time as my personal work. Every now and then I sold a print or participated in an exhibition, but I was never really on a deadline. That changed in the beginning of 2020, when I took on a weekly street photography section in Dutch newspaper Het Parool.
We’ve lost a beautiful and talented soul, Elisa Tomaselli. A huge loss for everyone who knew her and was close to her, as well as the (street) photography community.
Masters of Street Photography (Ammonite Press, 2019) invites sixteen contemporary street photographers to share images and insights into their creative process in the form of Q&A-style interviews. It’s a likeable release that stands out as a handbook for aspiring street-shooters, but there’s a few shortcomings that keep it from being an essential street compendium.