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SPOT on STREET exhibition - Bucharest

Good news! I’ll be part of the SPOT on STREET organized by the admins of the OnSPOT Facebook photography group in Bucharest, Romania. I will be featured with 35 others photographers from 10 countries (and the only on from France).

It is actually the 4th edition of the OnSPOT exhibitions. This year’s theme focusing on surprising, unintended moments that happen in the street. My photo? This one, of course, who was 2nd at the 2017 Sony Photography Awards 🙂

 

Surprise! Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2016.

The opening is on September 5th. Find all the details about the SPOT on STREET exhibition on the F64.ro blog! If you’re in Bucharest at this time, go and give it a look 😉

 

OnSpot - Street Line - Bucharest Photo Week

Just a short notice for the people passing by Bucharest this week. I will be part of the exhibition StreetLine organized by the OnSPOT photography group during the Bucharest photo week! It’s the second year in a row that I am part of this exhibition, it’s always a great pleasure.

This year’s StreetLine theme focuses on the lines and the geometry of the streets, which is a you know one of my main interests in urban photography!

More info about the exhibition behind this link. The exhibition start on the 13th of September, until the 18th. The Bucharest Photo Week starts today.

Thumb up! Bucharest, Romania, 2016.

Thumb up! Bucharest, Romania, 2016. Get a print.

Shot in the very same underground stairs where Run! was taken, Thumb up! relates to one of the aspects of street photography that I really enjoy: the contact between the photographer, and his subject. And the best contact is a positive reaction to the photography, with this man raising his thumb high to express his support. Ain’t it cool?

I know that a lot of street photographer insist on then fact that a photo must remain candid, in a way that the subject must not see the photographer taken a shot, in order to do not kill the moment. But when a genuine reaction like this occured, isn’t it a candid shot too? The fact that the photographer has been seen provoked this man’s interaction. And it gives us a much, much better shot than if he had just passed like nothing happened. As a result I enjoy much better when I get some interaction with the people I shoot, but without changing the way the things are e.g. stopping them while walking, forcing a reaction…

Besides, I like this photo for its graphical aspect. The chrome bar cuts the photo in two almost identical pieces at 45 degrees, with the reflection of the people in the marble. It would have been a cool shot. but with this finger up, it’s for me a great shot!

This photo kind of concludes a set of photos I’ve taken during two evenings spent in Bucharest. I can’t wait to go back and spend some time on the busy streets of the Romanian capitale.

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EXIFs:

  • Camera:Fujifilm X100T
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Focale: 23mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s
  • ISO: 6400
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2016, all rights reserved

Run! Bucharest, Romania, 2016.

Run! Bucharest, Romania, 2016. Get a print!

I took this photo in Bucharest in October 2016. I met there a local group of street photographers, and we decided to go for a photowalk at night. We went by Piata Unirii (Union Square), known for its large shops with loads of lights. A perfect place to play at night! There, we found this renewed underground exit, that became our main shooting spot for the evening. Reflective marble, bright lights, strong contrast with the night, what to ask more?

I know what to ask more! An interesting subject, to fill these stairs! For this poor man in hurry, it was not just a matter of fighting these stairs between him and the outside, he also had to go through a herd of crazy photographers 🙂

Anyway, it was a fun night, and I hope I’ll be back soon to meet again with this awesome group!

Do you like this photo? Click here and get an original, signed print in limited edition!

EXIFs:

  • Camera:Fujifilm X100T
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Focale: 23mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s
  • ISO: 6400
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2016, all rights reserved

Family portrait. Bucharest, Romania, 2016.

Family portrait. Bucharest, Romania, 2016. Get a print.

It’s not always easy for street photographers to find a good background for their subjects… or a good subject for their backgrounds! But sometimes, everything is just as it’s meant to be.

Ads are often seen as visual pollution, an argument that is very understandable, and that I may say myself. But used in a right way, with an artistic purpose, it may gain some sense beyond the “they make me want to buy items I don’t want” thing. It’s the case o this photo: the ad gives this grandpa a virtual family, a few grandkids to look after while he sips his coffee. Of course, that’s just for a moment, just in my mind, but maybe that’s a vision he has, or he had, who knows… A whole new story 🙂

I really enjoy these kinds of sweet juxtapositions. You can take two opposed entities – an ad campaign for a worldwide clothing brand and an old man with his bike and his dog – and mix them to give a new idea, a new purpose.

Do you like this photo? Click here and get an original, signed print in limited edition!

EXIFs:

  • Camera:Fujifilm X100T
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Focale: 23mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s
  • ISO: 100
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2016, all rights reserved