Something about Albert Zipp’s style of street photography grabbed my attention as I browsed through the latest uploads to our Flickr group last week. I felt like his photos were extremely real. I know, that’s a vague description, but what I mean to say is that when I view his photos I feel like I’m the passerby, witnessing the scene with my own two eyes. I am further intrigued by the fact that where Albert shoots is nowhere I’ve ever been. To me, that is what makes his work stand out. Albert transports his viewers to a city they may have never visited, making them feel like they are just another person in the scene.
Albert was kind enough to answer a few of my questions about his street photography. I loved what he had to say about what drew him to street photography:
“If you live in a city and have a camera, it’s only a short step to street photography. Everything is just around the corner. It’s the same with me. I can not say why, but it’s the fascination of capturing a short moment in street life, a smile, a sad look….”
I completely agree. Everyone who lives in a city and owns even a cell phone camera is just a few short steps away from diving into the world of street photography.
When Albert described his street photography style to me, I instantly understood why I found it so fascinating. Here’s what he had to say,
“It’s more of a “en passant” style. The most time I shoot in motion from the hip. It allows me to be more invisible on the street.”
To me, this statement made his photographs even more impressive. I believe that while shooting from the hip gives you the advantage of “invisibility”, it also makes composition and capturing that “decisive moment” much more difficult.
Next, I had to ask Albert about the many street photographs featuring cats in his stream. (“Maybe it’s a new genre,” I thought, “street cat photography.”) Turns out, Albert has his reasons for all the cats. He said, “Yes there are some cats in my stream 😉 My wife is a cat lover, so I shoot them the most of the time for her.”
Finally, there is the pressing question of goals. I love asking the street photographers in our group what their goals are. I am always fascinated by their responses, as I have found that most people take street photos only for personal satisfaction or because of an innate sense of curiosity about their fellow humans. Here is what Albert hopes to achieve as a street photographer:
“To get that one photo behind the next corner you are always searching for and get in touch with that special moments of street life around the world.”
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your photos with us, Albert. We look forward to seeing more of your work in the Street Photography Magazine Flickr group.