“Street photography in Germany is very popular as long as you are online.” Torsten Strasas
This is part of a weekly interview series with members of Seconds2Real street photography collective, in celebration of their forthcoming exhibition in Berlin in October.
What makes you love street photography?
I’ve been a street photographer for about five years.
I wouldn’t call it love. It’s more a kind of language which allows me to tell my point of view on human beings in urban landscapes and of course about the emotional side of human life.
What photographers inspire you?
Well, that’s hard to say. I’m more inspired by story-telling pictures or those which directly transport strong emotions. While seeing those pictures I usually don’t care who pressed the shutter button.
At the end of a day every photographer has to edit his pictures by himself. At least as long as you don’t want to make a living from it…
But being in a collective the critiques you receive by the other members are helpful as well as this kind of quiet natural competition between you and yourself while trying to meet the collective’s high standard.
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?
Street photography in Germany is very popular as long as you are online. And of course as a street photographer you will always be surrounded by street photography. But when you lay down the camera, log out from the internet and have a look around you will see that street photography is still a small genre in (offline) photography. So there’s light and shadow. But it’s nothing to complain about.
Any tips or “words of wisdom” for other street photographers?
Go out, have fun, shoot. Oh, and never leave your camera at home!
Given Flickr’s love of gear talk, is the right gear important for making great street photographs?
From my point of view there’s only one kind of ideal gear: the gear that allows you to make your pictures exactly the way you want to make them.