I’ve been a big fan of the unique, minimalist street photography style of Cristóbal Carretero Cassinello for quite some time. Which is why I was pleased that he allowed us to feature his work in the March 2019 issue of Street Photography Magazine.
So I was really happy to see that he’s taken his minimalist approach to a new level by creating a series of short videos that use his photos to tell a deeper story. Below is his most recent video creation, Arcanos:
I’m always fascinated by photographers , like Cristóbal, who can can create such powerful photos with so few elements. He purposely limits himself by removing extraneous material from the frame by his position, focal length or choosing not to take the shot at all. These limitations force him to be more creative with what remains.
In this video Cristóbal demonstrates that the minimalist approach goes beyond making a single image by using it to make choices as to which photos are included (and excluded) from a series. And then how they relate to one another do determine in what order to place them in the video. The number of photos and the serial nature of the video are additional constraints that strengthen the story.
It’s obvious that Cristóbal puts a great deal of thought into which what’s in, what’s out, the order they are displaye and even how long they remain on the screen.
Try this yourself by using the slideshow functionality built into Lightroom (or any other tool you prefer). Choose a subject, limit yourself to say 10 photos and challenge yourself. If you make something you like please post on our Facebook group at http://talkstreetphotography.com.
To see all of his videos be sure check out Cristóbal’s Vimeo Channel.