Seven cities, seven photographs, seven skilled photographers! Join me on a whirlwind world street photography tour.
Street Photography: Seven Photos
It’s no secret that I love to pore through the street photography tag in the WordPress.com Reader and share images that catch my attention. Join me on another trip around the world as seen through the eyes (and lenses!) of these seven skilled photographers.
This arresting image of a bird in a car — juxtaposed against the unknowing elderly man passing by — mesmerizes me. Taken by Beirut photographer Ghaleb Cabbabé, there’s an element of the macabre about this photograph that I find intriguing. The odd bird and the filthy windscreen create a certain palpable sinister portent. Check out more of Ghaleb’s work at ALICE BACK FROM WONDERLAND.
Continuing along with ethereal — perhaps even unearthly — imagery, check out this photograph by Akshay Shaha taken at the Multiplex Theatre in Hyderabad, India. The blurred people walking near the Poltergeist poster look as if they’re ghostly spirits who’ve come to take in a movie, wouldn’t you agree?
Below, thasveeru‘s image of the two older gents in conversation in Malé City, Maldives, struck me. The man on the left, caught in mid-gesture, and his companion, deep in thought, leave me wondering what they were talking about.
And now, over to Paris, and Pat Callahan‘s charming photo of an elderly man clearly engrossed in his reading material. His bent posture and calm engagement against the deep red, yellow, and blue of the wall behind him is quite soothing.
From Paris we go to Brighton, UK, below for a bold image of a different kind by Peter, the photographer behind Eyeteeth. The jagged angles, the stark repeating pattern, and the intense contrast captured my attention.
From Brighton, we move to Seoul, South Korea, and this image of the bread vendor at TYR Photo. The man’s brightly lit face, his quizzical gaze, blue-striped shirt, and the colorful red and yellow sign are quite captivating.
Below, at our last stop on the tour, we’re going to rest — just like this tired pup — in Shanghai, China. I can’t help but find that cute canine face and the dog’s relaxed posture irresistible! This photo is one among a vibrant, colorful gallery on Thatiana Terra‘s site, NEVER CLIP MY WINGS.
Where in the world have you travelled courtesy of the street photography tag in the WordPress.com Reader?
I found the photo by Pat Callahan of the man walking and bent over the book to be hauntingly tender and beautiful. The contrast between the rigid shapes and colors of the building with his gentle curve was powerful. Perhaps his age and frailty in contrast to the strong, bold background made me think of his life facing the forces that may have worn min down physically, but not in mind or spirit. I think his flowing curves work a beautiful contrast with the formal rigidity and rectangular forms, with their flat fields of color behind him. Thanks Krista and Pat.
arthurpolardoid, does street photography have to be gritty?
Beautiful pictures with a story behind each one of them. There is so much to tell just from one picture.
Thank you Krista for making this bird fly and best wishes from Beirut.
I’m no street photographer, but ignore anyone who says that they must be shot on film and must be gritty. Rubbish. I do, however agree that the Brighton abstract isn’t street and that the Bread Guy in Seoul is very, very painterly. But that’s I like it so much. The mood, colour and composition are eerie. And the bird in the car. Keep posting!!
I am not an expert of street photography but these pictures tell a medley of hard-to-describe stories and I find all of them captivating and engaging. For me photography is an ‘immortal’ form of art which tells an eternal story through generations. And the story could become a source of inspiration to a genius born to a fortunate generation.
Beautiful images — thank you for sharing them and your blog.
These are beautiful and calming in a sense.
Very cool photos!
These are cool.
I really liked the Photo by Akshay Shaha.
I love these pics. They are very simple and each photo captures the beauty in it’s subject(s). They were all enjoyable to look at 🙂
I really enjoyed the art (and gritty feel) in each of the photos- and while I am still learning – each photo felt like “street photography” to me –
side note – I did check on the chuck jines site (as that mindful reader suggested in the first comment) – and well, after viewing the gallery (http://www.chuckjines.com/galleries/) I think most of the images in this post would fit in there as well – the selections here seem to capture the “human experience” and looking at the Jines gallery – well these would fit in especially if converted to B & W
– also, the reader noted that Jines used “film” – yet the Jines site offers DSLR workshops –
anyhow, when I have a lot of time this summer I plan on following this tag in wp and exploring a bit – take care
Wonderfully done, the photos all talk about you, tell you something about the region its people and even just the backdrop atmosphere at the moment the shutter opened. The only photo that I feel did not really deserve your attention was the poltergeist photo, I feel that was just bad shutter speed selection, it is different but a lot of those gets trashed as it usually is a mistake on the photographers side. Excellent and thank you for a beautiful read