This Friday, a local restaurant in Borås is exhibiting some of my street images. At Tonys Restaurang you can see a small collection of pictures from London, Berlin, Amsterdam and Gothenburg.
I like eyes a lot. Very often in a good street photography you got that look straight into your lens. But sometimes peoples looks tells a lot too. And they’re great to establish projections and directions in a pic.
The third of my friends in my street photography community (Gothenburg area) that I’ll like to introduce is Mats Johansson. As many of us, he’s got another job full time and take pics wherever he go (as he travels a lot). No matter whether you call Mats an amateur or not, he’s got that great eye for interesting pics.
I saw one of Mats exhibitions last spring, where he declared that anything urban interests him, sometimes it’s street art, sometimes street photography – quite often a combination of the two. In his own words:
– To look for and catch moments, views and interesting meetings in a urban environment is magic, especially with lots of people and movements in them. It’s the mix of documentary and art that fascinates me.
Photos: Mats Johansson
In the Gothenburg area (Sweden) there are several really good street photographers, we kind of blend and mix in an unofficial photography network. I thought I’ll introduce some of them to you. First up is Agneta Dellefors Rydén.
Pic in top is called “selfie”
– It’s happening here and now. You don’t notice it, but there’s an non-staged play constantly going on, lacking both director and script.
It’s her own words, at a exhibition she’s currently having at Scandinavian Photo in Mölndal, just south of Gothenburg. If you’re close by, I strongly recommend you to go there. One reason is that almost all pics are better printed and hung on a white wall, but the main reason is of course that she’s a great photographer.
Her eyes spot both details and whole pictures, and her imaging is just as good. I believe she’s really good at the postproduction as the exhibited pics all are balanced, funny or intriguing – and sometimes all of that. She was kind enough to let me publish two of her pics from the exhibition. The one below is a real favorite…
Photo: Agneta Dellefors Rydén
Silly or not, I’m glad that someone else like to share my pics. Sometimes (on Instagram) I add the hashtag #Shootoff and some of those pics get shared. These are the latest nine pics that got shared by Shootoff. And my normal 20-40 likes/pic add upp to a little more. Nice.
Can you guess which of these nine that got the highest acclaim?
Yup, thats the one. “Thru it all”, botton middle…
Sometimes I just browse older pics for fun, today more so to look for one to use for the new version of my Street photography course. Found this one, taken at Brick Lane, London, in April a year ago. I like the plain colors and the simple elements. So there you have it.
Do work quite often in the full square format, via Instagram. As I’ve shown before, magic appears as you crop to use the composition trick with Dominant eye. Here some of the pics from my account @gunnarfnovik.
Faces, eyes and directions might be my favourite motifs. Looking for them, my first priority. Here’s one look at it…
One of the reasons I like street photography so much is the non posing and natural faces. When the everyday joy or pain shows. Shows that we all are human.