TITLE : 171213-240423
AUTHOR : STREETMAX 21
Street photography is an inexact science and the risk is that those who practice it will lose themselves in the multitude of opportunities it offers. Streetmax 21 is very clear about what it is he wants and pursues it by looking for images where people are presented in groups but isolated from each other.
Here is how he describes this series:
“I am a quintessential street photographer, shooting in real time, mindful of external influences on an evolving modern street environment. Intentionally however, I make images of uneventful scenes, devoid of the overused motifs and impromptu techniques practiced in much conventional street photography. I mean to subvert the genre.
I am building a visual vocabulary and establishing a signature style over time, based on the simple, even boring, concept of recording people walking. They walk quietly with undisclosed purpose. They are separated in plastic space in what appear choreographed but otherwise uninteresting tableaux.
The unspeaking characters who people each of these images are connected by no means other than where they were when the shot was taken.
This technique can give the appearance of a fictitious, constructed imagery, but it isn’t. I take time to wait, often for long periods, for the right distribution of people. It fulfils and reflects a need to slow things down.
Even though I’m working in a real environment, shooting it the way I do, gives it an unreal look. I find it interesting that people often respond positively to this kind of imagery.
The above title maps the beginning and end chronology of the images selected; Hallam171213 having been shot on 17 December 2013, MoreLondon270323 on 27 March 2023. I group images into series where the aesthetic language may seem similar.”
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