What drew you to street photography initially?
I discovered street photography by “accident” recently by using my old mobile phone when I was visiting certain places. I started photographing about two and a half years ago and the passion has not ceased since, although it has changed forms.
Where is your favorite place to shoot?
The best places to shoot are those places where I find myself somewhere between being a tourist and a local. When I am able to see my well known places a little bit like someone from outside or when I am visiting a new place for a second time I am happy. Keeping this safety distance is crucial for me.
One surely needs to go visit new places and see different cultures. On the other hand there is a ton of information and things to observe in the city where one lives.
What do you look for in a subject or street scene? Also, how would you describe your street photography style?
I am not really looking for something, it seems like things reveal to me. One moment I am a non-believer and at some point something pops up and I find my truth again. In general there is always this feeling of a vessel being empty and then fills up, then empties again, and so on…
By looking at my photos again after some time I see some patterns. I am drawn a lot by people. Also by the simplicity of a scene and at the same time at the ability that a picture might have to tell a story. Just by capturing a moment.
What would you say is the biggest challenge street photographers face?
Being jailed into well-known practices or gear. Running around their tail to get more likes by repeating a style proven to be popular among social media. It takes a lot of time to find your own style and in our digital world the “10,000 photos” barrier HCB had mentioned may be an understatement!
What has street photography taught you?
Many things. To be sharp and be able to describe situations clearly. To educate myself, not only by taking pictures. To try to tell a story by carefully curating content (still trying it out). To not blame myself for trying different styles and publishing platforms. To throw most of my photos in the bin.
I find that life without pictures (taken, seen, imagined) would be unbearable in general.
See more of Alexandros’ stunning images on his Flickr photostream.