Joana Toro's journey as a photographer has been a long and winding one filled with many ups and downs. When she stumbled upon photography, almost by chance, Joana discovered she had a natural talent. Eventually, this led her to work for major magazines and newspapers in her home country of Colombia. She was well-known and had plenty of work, but wanted to take her craft even further. With a desire to progress further than was possible back home, Joana decided to immigrate to the US. But when
"Paraísos artificiais" (Artificial paradises) is a series that originated from my own experiences in the nightlife of São Paulo. The act of walking and observing the streets, their characters, the ways so full and empty at the same time, the lights and expressions of people, and how all this reflects on myself. The name is inspired by a song by rapper Matéria Prima, which talks about drugs, streets, night and their experiences. The other inspiration was a Brazilian film also called
It’s a curious thing, the street. You almost can’t say what it is. For sure it’s more than the pavement on which folks walk. Or the blacktop surface on which cars drive. The street really is the coming together of many things. It’s the packed-in tenements or apartment houses in a big city. It’s even the rooftops of those houses. Because folks go up on the rooftops at night to escape the heat of summer. It’s the fire hydrant or Johnny pump turned on, on those hot summer days. It’s the grocery
Animesh, what drew you to street photography initially? I started photography at the age of 12, in 1966, and by 17 years of age, I gravitated to street photography. It is hard to look back that many decades to find the true answer without clouding the issues with artifice. If I try hard, I would say, it was a passion to record images of overwhelming unfairness and disparity in the living conditions of common men and women in India where I grew up, but to simultaneously seek a sense of beauty
A Journey Begins My name is Ehsan Hemmati, I was born in 1980 in Kermanshah, Iran. My love for photography goes all the back to my childhood. I remember how I enjoyed taking photos with our family camera. Film was expensive and my family believed I shouldn't waste photos on cats and trees. Eventually, I saved some money and bought a used SLR camera when I was 16. I bought some film and that’s how my journey began. Later I tried out many different cameras and new gear hoping to become a
Five years ago, I was a college student. My country, Japan, is a small island country on the eastern end of the world. The world is huge, but I had only seen this small island country. I thought to myself, “I want to see more countries with my own eyes and I will regret it if I die without seeing the world. It’s now or never.” So, I started working and saving money. In the meantime, I began looking for a small, lightweight and high-performance camera to take on my trip. I ended up choosing
I loved the theme 'Windows Reflection' as I knew essentially I would be taking two photos in one, the subject and the reflection. I guess like a lot of street photography is having that quick eye to see and capture that unique image and I saw this solitude gentleman in a coffee shop on Westmorland Street in Dublin, just looking out at the world going by. He didn't move for about 20 seconds and so I was able to take lots of shots so I wanted to capture the busy people walking in the reflection.
Walking Towards the Mystery by Zahid Rahman The commuter by Mário Duarte View on Website 200 Hillside Rd., Dunedin, New Zealand, 12.10 PM Tues. 15 May 2018 by Mark McGuire I was taking photos of a fish and chips shop across the street when I noticed the driver of this truck pulling the covering over the side of his vehicle. I was struck by the contrast between the bright yellow and deep red. I only had time for