I would venture to say that this week’s featured street photographer, Sergio Raffaele, has a special way of making art out of pedestrians. Take a look, I’ll let you be the judge:
As I browsed through Sergio’s photostream on Flickr, I noticed quite a few photos of people walking to their next destination in urban settings. I’ve seen thousands of these before, but what struck me about Sergio’s pedestrian photos is that each one was fresh and dramatic in its own way. Sergio has truly arisen to the challenge of taking everyday settings and even common street photography themes and creating outstanding photos that make you stop for a second look.
I was curious as to whether Sergio seeks out his subjects first or his dramatic backgrounds when he was on the street shooting, this was his interesting reply,
“Frankly I don’t seek neither places nor people, I let situations and environments come over me and when they happen I try to create a composition. Basically I try to capture people’s mood. Milan – the city I live in – is chaotic and frantic but people seem to be very lonely. So I try to interpret and narrate that solitude.”
It is my personal opinion that Sergio is achieving his objective. Here are a few more shots he wanted to share with our readers:
I also asked Sergio how he became interested in street photography.
“A couple of years ago I bought a Reflex because, at first, I wanted to shoot some videos. Very soon, I realized that I was much more interested in photography, especially ‘street’ photography. I’ve been inspired by the works of photographers Alex Webb, Christopher Anderson and Vivian Maier. And many other masters, of course.”
Sergio has come a long way in just a few years since he began experimenting with street photographer. We look forward to seeing more of his work in our SPM Flickr group and elsewhere.
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