Monthly Archives: January 2015

BeDoubleYou’s View of the Street

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I recently had the great fortune to meet the award winning “emerging talent” in street photography, +Sarah Choi It was a real eye opener, a pleasure to work with Sarah, but ever since then I’ve started noticing and expanding my view of the genre. So who has caught my eye?

+Jianwei Yang has an amazing attention to detail in shadows, geometry, line and can tell a story with the simplest of images.

+Swee Oh
initially caught my eye with some of her black and white architectural work, and blew me away with some of her blue series.

+Marie LAIGNEAU
took me with her work on the streets of Berlin, with shadow featuring highly.

+Valerie JardinThe master at work? Valerie is soon running some workshops jointly with Marie in London. These would be a great attend for those serious about street.

+Chaz Wright The photography of Chaz Wright is quirky, but I do like his work on the streets of Japan in black and white. When you look at some of his photos you think, ‘What’s the story here?’ and then his “title” grabs you and pulls you into the photo.

+Ina GatIna Gat is an amateur photographer from Berlin who not unlike many others has a day job. Fabulously dark and powerful images a lot of black and white, and great use of light and shadow on the street.

+Dako H.Dako H is a street photographer from Seoul. Captures almost exclusively in b&w, with some colour shots now and then. Wonderfully minimalistic in approach and a fantastic eye for geometry and shadow as a background to the human element on the street.

+Bernd SchaefersI have long been a fan of Bernd with his distinctive black and white studies of his Travels from Germany to Hong Kong. They really capture the mood. What is it with the IT industry? Are we all destined to become closet street photographers? Certainly not the first I have found sharing the same industry as me. (Not saying I am anywhere near the same league – nor even trying to be!)

+Hiroyuki OguraTotally Tokyo! Fascinating B&W insight into life on the streets of Japan. I really can’t explain why. They’re not just dark, they’re perfectly black. The shots could also be ANY city, but they’re definitely and could only be Japan. The shots simply show the human element in the urban street environment.

+Thomas LeuthardI have admired Thomas’ work for some time. He’s going to be teaching at the Out of Chicago gig in June 2015 with sessions like the “10 commandments of Street Photography”. Shame they’re pretty much sold out already!

Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty more out there. Street Photography is big, with many more contemporaries out there to go watch how they do it. In my list so far there are rising stars, emerging talents, and established greatness. I’ve enjoyed my introduction to Street Photography and will continue to watch the genre with interest on G+, Instagram, Flickr and elsewhere on the web, and I’m sure I will continue to be influenced in my own works by some of these great artists. Well done to all for making my list. If, you’re reading this and you’re not on my list and want to be… drop me a line! I’ll be updating it from time to time.

Photography on this post by BeDoubleYou. All links open in a new browser window and direct you to a relevant place to view each artists work, for example on Google Plus.

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