Last December I had the pleasure of finally meeting New York photographer Lauren Welles at the Miami Street Photography Festival. I've been a big fan of her work ever since we featured her in Street Photography Magazine in our January 2016 issue. It's one thing to meet someone through our virtual world and it's another sit down and bread bread with them. This week Lauren stopped by to catch up on what she's been doing photographically since her feature. And I must say, she's been very busy.
What drew you to street photography initially? Travelling and photography always went hand in hand for me. While visiting different places of interest I realized that I was not very enthusiastic about capturing just the sights of a town (there are thousands of great images in high quality, taken under best conditions in the word wide web), but much more interested in recording photographically specific and unrepeatable moments, candid people and scenes of everyday life. So I began to take
What drew you to street photography initially? I was drawn to street photography from travelling, then seeing travel/documentary and street photographers on Flickr and Lensculture. I aspired to be braver and be more engaging when taking photos, like the photographers I admire. I still have quite some way to go though! What city is your favorite for street photography and what are the pros and cons of shooting there? I really loved Kolkata. It was not only friendly and
What drew you to street photography? I started photography when I started traveling. Walking in cities that we do not know, has the effect of having eyes attracted and surprised by what we can see. This facilitates shooting and creativity. Also, I find that street photography can testify to the social life of the country, which is closer to the photographic report. Where do you shoot most often? What are the pros and cons of shooting this city? I photograph, of course, in France,
What drew you to street photography initially? I started, like probably most other photographers, by testing different topics: Architecture, Weddings, Nature etc. However, I noticed rather quickly that those topics are too static in nature for me. Everything is so predictable. Then, randomness came to my rescue. In heavy rain, I wanted to take pictures of cars passing by. In one of those pictures, a cyclist suddenly drove by with the phone next to her ear and umbrella on her shoulder. This
What drew you to street photography initially? I am fascinated by people, by human nature, by human diversity. Richard Powers, a celebrated American novelist, once said that the purpose of art is to remind us that there are an infinite number of options that we haven't even considered yet. By observing people in the streets and by photographing them I am reminded that there are many options that I never considered, or even conceived. That's what drew me to street photography. How would
What drew you to street photography initially? I was born and raised in Florence, Italy, but I moved to Los Angeles where I picked up photography in the early 80’s. I took extension classes at UCLA and started street photography because I needed to find a way to connect with the city, a way to escape loneliness rather than a real passion for photography itself. What would you say are the pros/cons of shooting in NYC? There are no cons about shooting in NYC, New York is a dream come
What drew you to street photography initially? I have been into photography since I was a teenager. It began with landscapes, animals, trees, cities and buildings, but always people, too. Of course I started with my family, but there was this interest in people from beginning, depicturing faces which were drawn by life itself. This has gradually become the most interesting subject for me. Nearly 10 years ago, I got more serious about street photography and it’s what fascinates me
What drew you to street photography initially? I joined Flickr in 2010 and at that time I wasn't concentrating on any one specific genre, I just uploaded family snaps, images taken on holiday and the odd landscape photograph. 2010 was also the year I started to dabble in stock photography, which I still do to this day and enjoy very much. I watched loads of photography related videos on YouTube and basically taught myself how to use a camera. Towards the end of 2013 I posted an image of
What drew you to street photography initially? Seeing different styles of photography - fashion, architecture, nature and portrait. I like all kinds of photography, but in the end, I discovered that what really touches my heart is photography in which there are people, the human factor, and the most touching images for me are the ones made in the street, of unposed strangers. Plus, the only thing you have to do (and you only need yourself to do it) is to hit the street, observe and shoot.
What drew you to street photography initially? I started to consciously take street shots when I was going through a shitty time. I had just been diagnosed with testicular cancer, my life was kind of falling apart in various ways, and I felt lonely. And this writer I like said that when you’re at the bottom, you need to go amongst people. You can’t be picky at times like those, anyone will do. So I set out to connect more with people, and street photography seemed an interesting way. I really