Lowepro Storytellers Mission: Street
Every month we challenge our Lowepro Storytellers with a mission.
We assign a word or phrase and they show us their visual interpretation. Because our group is spread all over the World, each with their very own style, we are always extremely excited to see what they have come up with.
The Mission for September is “Street”.
Street: Krisitan Bogner
“One of the most exciting aspects of street photography to me is always being ready to shoot whatever shows up around the next corner. It was late evening and I was shooting at 5600 ISO on my Nikon D4s when I came across this amazing old woman in an alleyway of Nepal. Nothing was posed, I just captured the moment with my 70-200mm lens.”
Street: Craig Pulsifer
“Street photography (to me) relates to technique and style more than it does a particular location – urban or otherwise. At its best, “street” is that intersection where a candid snapshot becomes an unspoken collaboration between subject and photographer. In this case, a White Tai elder was peddling greens at a market in rural Son La, N.Vietnam. We spied each other a ways off and as she approached I raised my lens to be met by one of the most marvellous smile I’ve seen in ages. The camera clicked, we nodded at each other and happily went our ways.”
Street: Kyriakos Kaziras
“New York in May, spring still hesitating. Under a cloudy sky, few drops fall. I walk with only a Canon SX700 compact in my pocket. On the square down the flatiron, I notice a big pot of flowers. It seems a perfect setting for the flatiron. I still have to wait for the passage of someone who retain my eyes. Many tourists walk past me with backpack and hat on the head. A little annoyed, I pack my camera and slowly move away. Just enough time to get my camera to photograph the passing woman. She has an air of Ingrid Bergman, and this timeless side I hope.”
Street: Travis Burke
“You only have a split second to try and capture that unforgettable moment. In street photography time doesn’t slow down, you run on adrenaline hoping to see the story, set the camera and press the shutter.
For myself, the stories I see on a road revolve around skateboarding. I’ve driven around the entire country and always make time to pull out my board for those perfect sections of pavement. Highway 101 in Oregon was no exception, roads this iconic were meant to be skated.”
Street: Jeff Bartlett
“I spent most of my time avoiding streets. As an adventure photographer, my passion lies well beyond the end of the road along forest trails and mountain paths. Thankfully, the drive to these trailheads are often along some of the planet’s most incredible roads, like the Icefield Parkway that leads from my backyard in Jasper to Lake Louise, Alberta.”
Street: Elisabeth Brentano
“I very rarely explore urban areas, but I’m also not one to pass up an opportunity like this. I was
in New York City this past January when the “blizzard” hit, and though the snow never actually
came, the streets were still shut down all around Times Square. I snapped this a few blocks
down the road and couldn’t help but wonder how many people have ever seen the Big Apple like this…”
Street: Joseph Roybal
“Street photography to me is the capturing of a fleeting moment, one that can never be reproduced making it so special and intimate. The attempt to capture a culture, a moment or action; there are no formulas to repeat, save awareness and being mentally present looking for these “images” to unfold. If there is one quote to keep in mind while carrying your camera in your hometown or distant land to help your images come alive is this one by one of my favorite street photographers, Martin Parr: “I never think of photographs as being individual. Always as a group.”
Street: Kylie Fly Turley
“To me, street means survivor. When I traveled to Haiti for a film job, I met many children who lived on the streets. These kids are strong, they are brave, and they fight to be alive. I remember their faces and their dedication to having their basic needs met. They don’t pussyfoot; they hustle.
When put in a given situation they do what it takes to survive and make the best of their living conditions. I find it quite admirable, despite whether or not they know any different, that a child so young can fend for themselves and help other kids in the same situation to do the same.”
Street: Luke Pearsall
“Photographing people and places on the street is to me one of the most natural forms of photography that we can do. Its a place where as photographers we aren’t necessarily creating the images out of our own imaginations but rather observing and reinterpreting what we choose to show within the frame of our cameras from a perspective that is unique and different with every step. The streets are a place where there is endless variations in subject matter and light and a place that can come to life with festivals and people in one moment and be perfectly still,empty and quiet in another which makes them mysterious and wonderful to photograph.
The image I chose to share this month was from my street wandering in Rome to the Vatican where I happened to catch the changing of the guards at a moment where the light was perfectly rimming the guard at the gate. The color of the uniforms and the quality of the light worked so well together in this image that I felt like my wandering the streets on that day had been fulfilled with this finding.”
Street: Daniel Taipale
“I come from a fairly small city and I have never really been too excited about shooting snapshots there. When I travel with my camera the streets feel exciting and I feel like there’s million things to shoots. I see things that I want to capture everywhere.
I took this photo from the Arc De Triomphe, Paris. There is actually police arresting a street performer clown if you look closely. Streets are definitely full of action if you keep your eyes open!”
Street: Frank Lopez
“What I love about street photography is that you never really know what experience or capture until you’re out there. The characters you meet and their stories are all different and so is each photo you capture. “
Street: Michael Teague
“Not long after this photo was taken the train passed by and called us in to the authorities. As we were exiting the underpass the police rolled up and let me know that I was going to jail for trespassing. It was endless going back and forth with the officer while he was persistent that I was on my way to the can for sure. He made sure to let me know that I’d be arraigned on Tuesday while he hauled me in an a Saturday. What finally got me off the hook was me telling him I was making no money from this photo and I would never come back to Compton for any reason at all..He handed me my license and promptly told me to GTFO!”
“Street photography is one of my favorite genres of photography to look at. There is so much life in cities – the business, the shadows, the style, the variety of people and culture, the architecture – and to be able to capture it in a way that not only tells a story, but also catches the eye in multiple ways fascinates me. This year I’ve been blessed enough to travel to several different cities, but my favorite had to be Boston. We arrived in Boston just in time to poke around before we drove over to Killington Vermont for a big mountain wedding. We didn’t have much time but we definitely made the most of it. My submission is not necessarily my favorite from the day, but I couldn’t pass up submitting that wall and the busyness of the people in front of it. I think it speaks of two very different modes of life off to do something equally important, and the wall that is just so random and different tells the story of Boston itself. Every where we turned there was something neat that looked completely different than everything else. No rhyme or reason for the difference, but just unique in itself. Life happens on city streets every day and night. There is so much happening and so much to capture and to be able to hone in on one thing is a gift not every photographer possesses.”
Street: Hugo Pedel
“Explore street universe is always an exciting experience, your mind is wide open, attracted by the density of colours, the crowd of people, a penetrating gaze…and sometimes you cross some quiet streets, strangely empty. Humans leave theirs mark in this urban landscapes, and it’s a game to capture some unexpected scenes.”
Street: Hunter McRae
“Route 66 is America’s historic Main Street. This 1932 Studebaker is parked along the original route in the Painted Desert of Arizona. I visited late in the day as the sun broke through a storm on the horizon.”
Street: Bruno Calendini
“I made this photo during a report called “On the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway. It was taken in the area of Cojimar, a small Cuban port where the writer, great fishing fanatic, had his habits. He loved this place he called “my little homeland”. His boat “Pilar” was moored there. In this decor and this atmosphere was born “the Old Man and the Sea”, one of the most popular novels of Ernest Hemingway.”
Street: Jerm Cohen
“Being at the right place at the right time is everything. I was walking down the street in Brooklyn, when I saw this dude on an orange moped was about to zoom by. I swiftly took out my camera and snapped this photo without even getting a chance to change the settings! Luckily it all worked out and I got this image.”
Street: Andreas Kieling
“In the Namib Desert of southwest Africa you can find the last desert elephants of the continent. The region is one of the driest areas in Africa. While savannah elephants have to drink daily, desert elephants have learnt to only drink every three days. On dust-dry trails they wander through the desert and know their waterholes very well. These elephants are smaller than savannah elephants and the females do not have tusks. The animals are very careful with the sparse vegetation. They seem to know that their source of food is limited. If you get too close to them on their trails, they are aggressive and confident. There are only 90 to 120 desert elephants left.”
Street: Alessandra Meniconzi
“How to escape from a banal image of town and street creating an artistic vision? I was walking through the city of Lucerne (Switzerland) waiting for inspiration for taking a different image of the famous wooden footbridge “Kapellbrücke”.
Slow shutter speed, camera motion and smeared vaseline have create this special effect…experimenting sometimes gives you a great artistic result!”
Street: Gilles Reboisson
“I love playing with light, sun and flare to capture a moment. That is the pleasure of street photography. Here early in the morning on the stairs of Bonifacio town in Corsica.”
Street: Ryan Struck
“I have so many images from the streets, my previous job before going fully freelance was shooting for an advertising company. They leased the space in the train stations and on the sides of busses, I took proof of instillation images and my job was to literally be in the streets. I’ve hung out everywhere from the streets of Camden where I saw all walks of life to the suburbs of Maplewood. I carried a 35mm film camera as my personal use sidekick to my Canon digital work camera. On 35mm I recorded scenes, places and even make portraits of everyone I happened to meet. I’m working on a new personal project to showcase on my website so it was hard to pull an image as a stand alone. I decided on this one as it shows a bunch of dirty birds (pigeons) in a different light, a beautiful street scene.”
Street: Dave & Quin Cheung
“I took this image atop my brother’s house in Niger, Africa. It’s literally the street where he and his family lives and works for a Non-Governmental Organization helping those in one of the world’s poorest nations. He has a nice concrete house, but his neighbouring lot is empty – filled with people who can’t afford a house as we know it, and raising their families in primitive huts. I know this picture isn’t spectacular or breathtaking, but it’s a ever-present reminder to me of how priviledged I am and to give back to those who live in lesser streets. “
Street: Florian Wagner
Khumba Mela, Allahabad, 2007
“80 million Hindus meet at Ganges once a year to cleanse themselves from their sins. The most extreme form of Hindus is a warrior caste, the Sadus. Their procession is colourful and lively. But also dangerous. I have been attacked two times in my life while shooting. One time in a village in Pakistan, where I wanted to shoot a woman, and the other time by a Sade in Allahabad…”