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Drifting Visually With Wolfgang Zurborn

Wolfgang Zurborn has a new show, Drift opening in Belgium, November 12th.

The show is at 44 Gallery, and runs until December 4th, in case you happen to be visiting the country then.

More information about this work, and some images from it, can be found here.

Wolfgang Zurborn – Drift

November 12th – Dezember 4th 2011

Opening: Friday November 11th, 7 p.m.
Introduction: Sofie Crabbé, Art Historian, Critic

Dezember 2nd – 6th 44 GALLERY at LINEART ART FAIR GENT

44 GALLERY
Genthof 44 – 8000 Brügge, Belgium
opening hours: Sat, Sun 2 – 6 p.m.
http://www.44 gallery.com
contact: Luc Rabaey
+32 489 552663
info@44gallery.com

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Seconds2Real: Thorsten Strasas

“Street photography in Germany is very popular as long as you are online.” Torsten Strasas

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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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!

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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.

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Seconds2Real: Elisabeth Schuh

“I love to walk around and observe. And sometimes there are these magic moments, that only I can see and nobody else. That’s fascinating to me. Other people and me, we are in the same time on the same place, but however we are in different worlds.” Elisabeth Schuh

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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.

I started about 15 years ago with photographing in cities. My job as a journalist made me be more reflective about photography. Finally, my actual approach to street photography was very much influenced by the options of the internet.

I consider myself as a street photographer since around 2006.

I love to walk around and observe. And sometimes there are these magic moments, that only I can see and nobody else. That’s fascinating to me. Other people and me, we are in the same time on the same place, but however we are in different worlds.
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There was a pillowfight flashmob in the city of Vienna. I took this picture at the end of the fight. The square was completely full of feathers and the “fighters” were exhausted. This guy layed down in a bed of feathers, before they began to clean up. I like it, if viewers are confused about what‘s going on in my pictures. I seldom declare my captures, so viewers can create their own stories about it.

Which photographers inspire you?

There are so many good street photographers with completely different styles. I am – amongst others – really impressed about the work of Trent Parke, Alex Webb and Jens Olof Lasthein. Also the website of the in-public group has always been a great inspiration for me.
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This one I took on a carnival move. To me, carnival always has something weird, especially children with masks. Here I like the contrast between the laughing women and the strong face of the masked boy, who looks directly into my camera.

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

Sometimes it helps to get a 2nd or 3rd opinion. But I’m very self-critical. So when I’m 100 % sure about my selction, I do not change my mind.

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?
Last question: I hope so! Here in Vienna we‘re a little bit jealous about how things developed in the UK. In Austria we definitly have a huge need to catch up. In particular contemporary ‘young’ street photography is completely underrepresentated. I notice, that here in Austria street photography has become popular among photographers, but has marginal significance for gallery owners and museums.

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I often visit the zoo, it’s always good for getting some captures. On my zoo visits I frequently notice, that people are more interested in imitations of animals than in the real ones. I have not found an explanation for this yet.

<bAny tips or "words of wisdom" for other street photographers?

On the street I always try to give the impression, that I’m just an amateur snapshooter. So people don’t take me seriously and I can do my work untroubled.

What would be your ideal gear for doing street photography with?
An unremarkable outfit, good shoes and – as much as possible – a small, lightweight but fast camera with a 28 or 35 mm lens.

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I explored this nice place in the city of Vienna some months ago. I was fascinated about the light and the red colour everywhere. So I decided to wait for a moment for something to happen. Minutes later, a boy with an chequered hat came around and gave me a sceptic look. Thank you litte unknown boy for this picture!

All images used in this interview: © Elisabeth Schuh, 2011
http://www.elisabeth-schuh.com

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Seconds2Real: Andreas Stelter

“…my personal king of street photography, is André Kertész, his photography is reality, but it is also surreality, like a dream, – it is the surreality of real life…” Andreas Stelter

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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 brought you to doing street photography? How long have you been a street photographer? Why do you love it?

On watching through my old slides series from vacation trip´s I was getting more and more interested on the few people I photographed instead of the other tons of city- and landscapes I’ve taken. Later, I noticed the public known photographs of Henri Cartier Bresson and Robert Doisneau and in 2006 I was starting with the street photography itself driven by impressions from the internet.
Since that time I have really enjoyed the concept-free but conscious perception of humans within their public environment.

Which photographers inspire you?

On the top, my personal king of street photography, is André Kertész, his photography is reality, but it is also surreality, like a dream, – it is the surreality of real life – I really enjoy the different levels embedded in on photograph – with the best impression on the layer behind. Further sources of inspiration are Robert Frank with his combined symbols to the everyday life, Stephen Shore with his composed colored images of banal scenes and objects, Bruce Davidson, Alex Webb, Joseph Koudelka and many others with their direct and “near to life” photographic essays and last but not least my friends of seconds2Real with their inspiring different views on the public life.

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

Oh yes, this is the hardest job, selecting, throughway, etc, it also happens that photographs stay years unnoticed by myself within the archive before getting my attention. In general, the selection is done by myself, then published to a public or internal net forum to receive the final criticism.

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?

This is a difficult question for me because I´m explicit focusing on and searching for street photograhy in Germany but I feel very confident that it is not as popular as in the UK. Measured in the volume of publications and exhibitions you will find only a few german items up to now. But, that’s part of our scope, seconds2real may change this a bit, or even more ;-).

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

Don´t try to please the general crowd with your photographs.
Street Photography is a specific genre.
Like good dry red wine is.
Try to take Your picture.
Have fun with the experience of street photography itself.
Try to share this experience with others.

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

Very comfortable shoes, a lightweight and fast camera with 35mm lens and print quality for at least 12×16″ and a 10 years free ticket for all railway and subway connections in Germany.

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Seconds2Real Photo Exhib Liverpool

Just got in from hanging the prints by Austrian/German Street Photography Collective, Seconds2Real.

Big shout out to Sam, owner of Bold Street Coffee for welcoming this exhibition to his space, and big shout out to Ceri from Open Eye Gallery who kindly helped with the hanging. Appreciated, guys! 😀

This exhibition of Seconds2Real Street Photography Collective prints is at Bold Street Coffee until mid-July, check it out over a coffee while you can!

Seconds2Real are an Austrian/German collective.

Bold Street Coffee Opening Times:
Mon-Sat 9am-6pm
Sun 10am-5pm

And now, for the photos…

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(That’s me, doing some hanging. Those are my “techy clothes” and baggy for grooving to the photo goodness while being all techy and stuff:

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Seconds2Real Exhibition Exclusive Preview

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Seconds2Real European Street Photography Collective are exhibiting work at Bold Street Coffee, Liverpool, from 15th June until 13th July, 2011.

To celebrate the exhibition, ST84Photo blog will be bringing you exclusive interviews and images with the photographers running throughout the exhibition. ST84Photo will also be documenting the installation and opening of the exhibition, to give those of you who can’t make it in person a taste of the brilliant atmosphere and images on display.

To get the ball rolling, this post would like to introduce the cast of exhibiting photographers:

Kay von Aspern – Vienna
Elisabeth Schuh – Vienna
Guido Steenkamp – Berlin
Thorsten Strasas – Berlin
Natalie Opocensky – Vienna
Alexander Magedler – Vienna
Heiko Menze – Vienna
Mario Cuic – Munich
Christian Reister – Berlin
Andreas Stelter – Minden

Locations were the images were made are:
Bratislava
Istanbul
Budapest
Berlin
Hamburg
Vienna
Munich
Tokyo
Firenze
Pitigliano

The time frame the images were made during is:
2002-2011

Interviews will be coming to ST84Photo blog soon, so watch this space!
Update: Interviews with the Seconds2Real photographers will start appearing on ST84Photo from Thursday 16th June, 2011, so watch this space!

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Seconds2Real Exhibition Prints Arrive!

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As you can see, I have just taken delivery of a nice stack of wonderful exhibition prints, sent to me by Seconds2Real Photography Collective.

I am showing their work at Bold Street Coffee Shop in Liverpool, June 15th until July 13th. If you’re nearby, drop in for a coffee and check out this quality work!

The image above is to give you a sneak preview of some of the images to be shown. You have to be there to see it in full… 😉

And, to celebrate this exhibition and the strong work made by this German and Austrian collective, this blog will be featuring two interviews each week with members of the collective, from this week until the end of the exhibition. Interviews will include some images by the photographers, too. How neat is that, eh?

(The photograph above was made with my new Olympus E-PL2, which I won in a competition on Pub photography in London)

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