Last week, we did a featured street photographer of the week post about Emilio Barillaro. A few month’s ago, we did a post about the upcoming Miami Street Photography Festival in December. (Speaking of, if you haven’t submitted your entries to the MSPF, you’ve only got a few days left to do so folks!) What do these two posts have in common? SPontanea, an amazing collective of Italian street photographers.
Not only is SPontanea one of the MSPF’s featured collectives this year, it is the collective Emilio Barillaro belongs to. Since the name kept coming up, I decided to dig deeper. I wanted to find out who is in this collective and what they are all about. After a little investigation, I can honestly say SPontanea is one of the coolest collectives I’ve come across so far, definitely worth checking out.
What is their mission?
“SPontanea is a coming together of diverse styles and visions. SPontanea is also research for projects, themes and ideas, within the collective as well as across the wider Italian photographic scene.”
Who is in the collective?
“The photographers in the “selected” section are invited directly by the SPontanea members. The work of the selected photographers will be followed and evaluated by the members of the collective over time. SPontanea members reserve the right to freely decide if and when photographers from the selected group are invited to join the collective.”
A few of their members include:
Not only are these guys incredibly talented, their work is diverse and each one has their own definitive style. This is definitely a good place to go when you are in need of some inspiration.
In addition, SPontanea showcases some pretty awesome collective projects. Take “The Same Place,” for example. Here’s an excerpt from their description of the project:
“”The Same Place” once again addresses a subject which allows the authors to play on the blurred and fleeting edges that define Street photography’s approach, allowing them a large extent of freedom of interpretation in addressing a topic that represents an essential coordinate for the human experience and existence, for its thinking and acting: the place – a lived and vital space where being-in-the-world develops and articulates itself.
Hence the idea of carefully and meticulously observing a ‘same place’ intended not only as a physical and spatial location, but also as a space for social interaction, a global awareness structure, both at individual and collective level, a core of meanings constantly evolving and developing over time.
The images highlight the deep and complex ties between place, culture and identity; they also reveal the author’s deep emotions toward a particular environment.
The many different facial expressions, the repeated unconscious gestures, objects, shapes and forms of urban landscapes – with their indistinct outlines and their elusive and surreal atmosphere – talk about the many possible ‘same place’.
Places where the origins, memories and traditions of the city intertwine, expressions of an ancient culture; ‘transitional spaces between the domestic intimacy and the Street’, where time seems to stand still and the solitude of man is merely apparent, because – just behind the door – stories are meeting and embracing one another; spaces like the home, where the soul resides, stays, or can be dramatically evicted.”
If that doesn’t sound like a beautifully complex and meaningful project, than I don’t know what does. And wait until you see the photographs. You’ll be inspired to begin your own “The Same Place” collection. You can also view guest projects and some personal projects from individual members on the site.
Be sure to visit the SPontanea website and follow this collective. It is brimming over with talent and is an ideal source for inspiration, no matter what street style you prefer.