Monthly Archives: February 2011

relationship to the photographed object

the relationships assignment took a good while to complete –  3 situations in two weeks … i really felt that i need much longer time for every  single situation. i kept coming back to places numerous times in hope to catch some special and intimate moments what cover relation between those people who i studied.

one of the place i visited was the meeting point for socially vulnerable people, who have substance abuse problems, like drug addicts, criminals etc. these people are offered an alternative in drug-free environment, where they may feel the community, eat lunch or drink coffee together.

the first hurdle a photographer faces is approaching the people, people who are different from you and people whose values and customs are different. here one can face rejection, so you have to be strong in mind and convincing so as to persuade the people to allow you to come near them and work amongst Them.

i went back regularly and had a coffee with Them and had some chat about everyday things, thus gaining their trust. after while i felt comfortable myself to spend there an hour or two and listen to their life stories or follow to places where they used to gather and had some drinks or drugs.

when i studied anthropology i learned that a researcher has to approach the people without preconceived notions about the various institutions he has to study. to reach some good result you should have desire to understand the strange and different. i have this desire, but i wonder if  it would still remain in case i’m not just an observer?

urban poetry. winter

this week i’ve spent tree evenings on street photography assignment. the best thing about street photography is that it is like going on an unknown voyage. you just never know what you are going to notice, or what shots you are going to make. street life has its own pace. it’s simply impossible predict what’s going to happen next. you just have to be quick enough to grab the moment and make the best of it.

street photography involves attention to scenes and moments that you only recognize subconsciously. i moved around urban Stockholm and Nyköping (town, were I live now) looking for interesting places and tried to discover some poetic moments in this winter atmosphere. yeah, i actually think it was worth getting out in the cold to get some of these shots.

one of the great photographers Elliot Erwitt said: “photography has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them”.