Seconds2Real: Mario Cuic

“Street photography is mind work. Free your mind on Street, be open for everything.” Mario Cuic

What inspired your passion for street photography?

My Passion for photography started with a small camera that I brought years ago, in short time I came in touch with photography, I realized that there is much wonderful photography out there.
I felt like Alice in wonderland, and from this Time I Fall in Love with Photography.

I came in touch to street photography with a Book from Marc Riboud.
I am nearly four years on the street, I love to be in the Public, I like to see all the People deep in their Life, I like their body language, their ironic, their funny and bizarre Moments.

I love to see and find these small things that happened everyday, and with luck I get one more of them. Street photography grows for me in the last Years and is now Passion and Lifestyle.

What is your profession?

I Work as a measuring engineer, in a company specialised for hydraulic system components. I have the Luck that I work in a good team and feel well with them, and I like my Work. That is important, It keeps the Head clean. (Hope my Boss will Read this, maybe he will then increase my salary) 🙂

Which photographers inspire you?

I really like Photography from Martin Parr, Richard Kalvar and Matt Stuart, I like their point of view.

But I also like Work from other Generes like Jacob Aue Sobol “ I, Tokyo “, Nadav Kander “ Yangtze – The Long River” or Kyle Kassidy’s “Armed America” great Photography.

But I think most inspire comes from many good contemporary street photographers who show their photography on Flickr, of Second2Real itself.

Editing/selecting which images to show is crucial for a street photographer. Has being in a collective helped you with this process?

Yes it helped me.
Two examples. Siegfried Hansen who is a very experienced photographer gives me much tips for reviewing and selecting pictures for Portfolio, and for photography itself, interesting to see his different view and opinion.

Or with Kay von Aspern, he didn’t like any of my dog pictures that I selected for a theme.
And that is really ok for me, because I know 100% that he is honest with a meaning of a picture.
(next time when I meet Kay I will give him my dog selection prints as a gift) 😉

All the Communication in the Group can help to improve and Learn, Photography is like Life, never-ending learning Process.

In the UK, street photography has become very popular over the last year (the Street Photography Now book published, Format Festival dedicated to street photography, the London Street Photography Festival, your work on show at Look11, and lots of popular workshops). Have you felt that street photography has also been more popular recently in your own country? And do think that street photography will continue to be popular in this way?

A good question, honestly I haven’t ever think about that. I don’t know, maybe the popularity will constantly grow, or it is a trend like in the fashion industry, its hold some time, but it when its outdated
the media and Public wouldn’t touch it anymore.
It’s nice to see that it popularity grows, BUT I also like the “underground” touch (what ever this means).

Here in Germany we don’t have much of contemporary street photography in galleries or media, and it was never a Problem for me, because of that it was never Present in Gallerys, and I don’t know otherwise.

Any tips or “words of wisdom” for other street photographers?

Street photography is mind work. Free your mind on Street, be open for everything.
The Review and the Selection makes your Style. And also important, know your gear.

What would be your ideal gear for doing street photography with?

I know many good photographers who collect cameras and Lenses like Photography Books.
For some reason it is a Taboo to speak about gear, but when some one started mostly all talk about it. 😉

For your Question. My ideal setup, let me think……..

Maybe when I have a lens in my eye and took a picture in a real short moment!
(Ok every photographer want that) 🙂

But without that I have my gear, I use for most of my photography a Leica M8 rangefinder with a 28 mm lens (equal 35mm), and also use a small Nikon D7000 DSLR camera with a 12-24/f4 lens (equal 16-35 mm), and for Daily Life I have always a small Ricoh GRD with me in my Pocket.

Thank you for the interview and the exhibition, it is a pleasure for me.

And Now for Something Completely Different 😉

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