In 2017, I went in South Africa for my honeymoon. That was where my passion for photography began. My approach immediately came to light when I realized I’m not the kind of man who likes to be the center of attention.
Street photography suited my style perfectly. When I first began, I was so excited about the genre. I started reading books and watching videos, and of course, shooting as much as possible. In the beginning, I only shot in black and white, because that’s how I envisioned street photography. However, when I saw images by Saul Leiter and Alex Webb, I fell in love with color street photography. Color street photography inspires me, although I still like to shoot in black and white occasionally.
For me, street photography is all about passion. My passion for street photography is born from searching for the balance between human subjects and urban geometries. This is my favorite kind of shot. I aim to find a minimalistic composition in my images because it creates a strong visual impact. In addition, I keep a close eye on color combinations.
I think that the more I shoot the more my eyes get used to finding good geometrics shapes, so now it is usually fairly easy to find a good geometric shape. The difficult bit is finding a good composition that makes for a strong photo and a nice impact. At the same time, it’s true that when you find a good geometric shape composition all you have to do is wait to discover an ideal subject. In a few cases though, an interesting subject has led me to a perfect spot.
If I’m honest, contrasts between light and shadows are always my favorite kind of shots. And of course a good bright day is perfect for it. But when the day is flat, I try to find the geometric shapes that architecture can offer.
I think that colors can give to the photo a strong impact but in the same time they can be distracting. For sure primary colors are always a good idea for minimalist, geometric images.
There are certainly challenges as I seek out these images. For example, the image of the man on the stairwell with the chevron pattern was one of the most difficult to capture, simply because that spot has so much potential and without knowing what the best angle would be, I forced myself to take something. I had to change angles and wait for new people many times but after several attempts I finally founded the best combination.
I can’t say if these images could have a deeper meaning, I like to think that anyone could give them the meaning they like. Personally, I really love this project and I’m planning to print these images and do an exhibition. Long-term, I hope to continue improving my skills and maybe one day work on some collaborations with other artists.