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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 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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