Splash


Welcome to another collaborative project. In this article Fanis Nizamis talks with Enrico Markus Essl, both street photographers on UPSP. The series of street photos below are based on the idea ‘Splash’, and taken in September 2013.

Fanis Nizamis

Athens, Greece

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Where did you find the pictures for this project? Is the beach always a good area for hunting for special moments ?

-EME

The places where I did the shots are from eastern beaches of Athens and some from North Evia. The Beaches this period of the year attracts a variety of people with different ages. This creates inevitable actions . I have to be extremely discreet with people. There are problems like very harsh light that prevails during the summer months.

-FN

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Why do you prefer Street Photography and do you also pursue another type of photography ?

-EME

The street photography is photography of personal expression and not applied or commercial photography. It is the need of the photographer’s creation. It has many difficulties and rewards only after hard work. I like other types of photography such as landscape on a smaller scale of course.

-FN

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Which cam and lens do you use for Street Photography? In your opinion, is it important which camera to use to get the perfect Street ?

-EME

I believe in street photography you have to work with whatever tool you have even with a cell phone in hand. I shoot often with analog cameras. I like using film camera Olympus OM-4T and lenses zuiko 24mm 28mm 50mm and Minolta x-300s with lens Minolta 28-70mm. Also a distinctive Canon g10 and various dslr of Canon that occasionally fall into my hands.

-FN

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Fanis, where do you come from and what are your favourite places to shoot ? Is it merely your hometown or do you travel a lot?

-EME

Ι’m from Athens, I live and work there. My Favorite places for shooting is the city’s historic center and archaeological sites. I often escape from the city during the year at different places of Greece, and, rarely abroad.

-FN

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In your opinion, good photography is basically a matter of technique or glance and view of the world?

-FN

I think it depends on the style and the kind of photography. Nevertheless, a keen eye and a talent for observation are basic qualities for taking good pictures. The mentioned qualities are especially important in the field of documentary as well as street photography. In contrast to this, for being successful in the genres of landscape, sports, macro and studio photography technical basis and experience are absolutely necessary. According to these kinds of photography, a lack of good techniques and experience will result in poor quality.

-EME

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Everyday we see images of artists on the internet from all over the world with different cultures. Ultimately how easy is it to try to decode and enjoy these pictures? It is true that art ultimately requires education even for enjoyment?

-FN

In the last two years, especially in the field of street photography, a real hype and a market have developed around the globe. It’s not always easy for me to gain an overview of all trends and to enjoy each trend. Actually, it’s a matter of personal taste if one likes a picture or not, which applies to all kind of art. Unfortunately, there are some so-called experts on street photography who pass judgments on the work of others. That could be a problem-especially on community platforms, where beginners could be lead in the wrong direction. For getting a good overview I prefer websites like urbanpicnic-streetphotography.com, erickimphotography.com or in-public.com. I think these sites are really professional and put standards in street photography.

-EME

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From which location is your photographic shots. Did you face any concerns or difficulties?

-FN

The pics were shot in Southern France, strictly speaking on the beaches of Nizza, Menton and Monte Carlo. When shooting the pics, I didn’t have any troubles or doubts. Of course I tried not to invade people’s privacy. Therefore I didn’t get too close. Respect is an important feature of my work as a street photographer. Besides, I’m not interested in the faces themselves. What I really like are good and interesting profiles and rear views of heads. These kinds of snapshots do not give away everything. To my mind they make situations more interesting and exciting.

-EME

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When and on what occasion did you get into street photography?

-FN

I’ve been taking pictures passionately since my childhood but I discovered street photography just three years ago. Actually, it was a journey to Berlin that was desisive for my interest in street photography. I took so many pictures that turned out to be real street pics. First, I couldn’t assign my pics to a certain genre of photography. Because I had to categorize some of my photos for a photography-platform on the internet, I took a closer look at the term “street photography”.

-EME

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Conclusion

Fanis

“It’s hard for me to talk about the work of another photographer. However I will write some thoughts about Enrico’s work. I feel that here the form works in Balance with the topic and there is harmony in color. The geometry and form as obsession, works here, giving a looseness and carelessness on your photos. I’ve seen the work of Enrico and the persistence of the geometric patterns and forms that incorporates into his pictures rewards him, because I really think that street photography describes the obsessions of the photographer rather than moments in the world “

Enrico

“I like the straight and natural view to the things and moments in Fanis pictures. Pure and natural, he shows us situations and moments that are typical for Greece in terms of expression and colors. The pictures match the series and give the viewer the full view of the scene.”

Thank you Fanis & Enrico

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