I remember my first camera, It was a Pentax K2 that I found in my uncle’s garage. Since I entered the photography world my life changed, it was the first time I found a way to express my self in a non verbal way. My soloist nature pushed me towards street photography. That nature, combined with a very realistic way of life, made me decide I can’t retouch my pictures. I think a photo is something that suppose to be real and pure, once you retouch it, it’s as if you recount a life event of yours, with lass or extra details just to make it more appealing, and I always preferred a somewhat imperfect truth than a perfect lie.
Since I have a very dichotomized way of looking at life, I also naturally prefer B &W photography. The thing I admire about street photography is it’s authenticity. A photographer uses the terrain as a canvas, and for me the streets are the premium quality canvas. There are so many elements to play with, but you need to find the exact moment that gathers all the pieces at the precise position that expresses you and what you want to say. When I go out and make pictures, I’m looking for the scenes that reflects upon who I am and what I feel at the moment. There is no hazard about it.
The pictures below are part of a project about eye-contact, probably the cherry on the top of street photography. There is something so personal about an eye-contact. It’s a moment literally no more than two people can share, and yet, as a street photographer, you have this amazing ability to share different kinds of eye-contacts with the world.
But eye-contact street photography isn’t just cherries and smiles. It some times causes a bit of contradiction. Sure, the photographer and the subject can eventually smile at each other softly after the picture has been taken, as if sharing a secret or a cozy moment. But at the same time some subjects prefer their privacy and don’t appreciate the intrusion of a photographer.
The project tries to present a wide spectrum of subjects, people from different countries, ages and genders. And in doing so, show that despite the many differences between them all, they still have at list one thing in common, and that’s the way they look at the lans.