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Street…without People

Mon May 28, 2012, 12:29 AM

PART IV


The series of 5 articles about Street Photography made by myraincheck and slightly edited by moi* continues with:

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY…WITHOUT PEOPLE



First things first let's remember that street photography is not so much about the subjects as it is a style of photographing, a 'forma mentis', a way to think, see, capture images. A forma mentis that can be summed up in the ability of RE-INTERPRETING, RE-CONTEXTUALIZING, giving a different interpretation, placing in a different context, the reality around us, giving it an additional significant meaning.
Even if the classic structure of street photography is a meaningful interaction between human and surroundings, we can have street photos where the human element is not physically present. Sometimes it can be symbolized by other elements, sometimes it is completely absent. Let's show some examples:

SYMBOLIC HUMAN PRESENCE


The human element is not physically present, but there are elements that symbolize humans:

  

by Jesse Marlow


  

by Jesse Marlow


  

by David Gibson


  

by Melanie Einzig

REFRAMING


Reframing means placing in a different context what we see, through the process of selection, organization and interpretation of the elements, changing the meaning of elements. This is done carefully SELECTING those elements to include and exclude form the composition, ORGANIZING them in a composition which is able to give a message, a story, a narration, a content open to INTERPRETATION.

To still be considered street, the images with inanimate subjects or animals really have to be a step ahead, not fall in self-reference, didascalic, trivial or simplicistic representation of objects.


  

by Matt Stuart


  

by Mark Powell


  

by Blake Andrews

NO PEOPLE STREET PHOTOGRAPHY by dA Streephers



:bigthumb299077536: by :iconmariuszlemiecha:

158 by eyalbin by :iconeyalbin:

The Invisible Workman by myraincheck by :iconmyraincheck:

:bigthumb303260994: by :iconstamatisgr:

Free your Soul by myraincheck by :iconmyraincheck:

within spiration by SimonSawSunlight by :iconsimonsawsunlight:

Jesus by Treamus by :icontreamus:

Street Photography BW 190 by sagi-k by :iconsagi-k:

:bigthumb289100855: by :iconhbapt:

Funny legs by laurent-conduche by :iconlaurent-conduche:


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:iconstamatisgr:
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012   Photographer
:lol:
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batmantoo Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I must have been in a coma to have missed this one... I love this kind of street. :D
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012   Photographer
and thank you for your most encouraging and kind words :)
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Itsiko Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing article again, good job!
This might be a bit OT, but:
After reading this article, I've finally starting to understand the work of James Marlow. Marlow is a talented, respected and awarded street photographer, yet, it took me long time to really understand exactly why is he so popular. At first I just thought he's style isn't for me but now, after reading your articles and especially this one, I'm starting to see his work differently, and now I understand his popularity.
So thank you StamatisGR, for widening my worldview :)
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012   Photographer
Except from images from famous Street photographers,
none I have heard of.
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David-Will Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I worry a little about introducing this into the Street genre. I do understand the concept of human element or symbolic human presence, but I've always used it to distinguish between things like Architecture and Urban or City Life. A wall of windows is architecture, but a wall of windows with laundry hanging out of them is urban or City Life. Is there any historical reference to support Street without people, or Street with only animals?
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JACAC Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
h e h e . =)
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JamminJo Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Added to #DevNews posting on June 1, 2012
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itsbumblebee Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing :D
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Kamachu Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wonderful collection!! :wow:
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