Monday, July 25, 2016

Buy our new special issue of Street_Spot: Dublin

Order it now. This brand new issue features some exclusive content taken by different street photographers in Dublin. Enjoy this premium print product and remember that we are not making any money of it. The magazine is a great way to spread some great street photography.


Download it here: http://www.blurb.com/user/robvisual

Cheers,

Nils

Friday, July 15, 2016

Interview: Angie Pappas Constable

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Angie Pappas Constable, I’m based in Dublin and I’ve become very passionate about street photography since I moved here 6 years ago. This city is ideal for it, very versatile, colourful and there’s always something going on. I take my camera everywhere and my aim is to capture moments that speak for themselves and that could be interpreted in various ways. I’ve had my own exhibition (March 2016, Filmbase, Dublin) and had my work exhibited in 2 more as part of a collective. Although I started shooting with digital cameras I’m now feeling more comfortable with film, as they have a more old school feel and require very little editing (if any at all). I shoot both colour and black and white. I like to capture candid expressions, gestures, movement, and feelings that surround us daily. Most of these moments are taken for granted and almost instantly forgotten, so this makes me feel that I’m freezing time in order to allow others to observe these beautiful details with me.


What are your favorite places in Dublin?

I love markets. There are many market places all around town, for food, clothes, antiques etc. It’s a nice buzz and you can get a couple of good shots too. Living in the very center of Dublin gives me the opportunity to try out new restaurants and bars, and each one I try becomes my new favourite! Stephen’s Green is always a good resort on a sunny day as it’s filled with people picnicking and lying on the grass gathering all the sun they can get. For a bit of street photography I like to stay away from crowded areas, however hard that is, and choose quieter streets or alleys around town and further away, towards the suburbs. I get to explore new places and neighbourhoods that way.


For me it is always like meditation to step out of the busy stream and visiting old and new places. How are your feelings when you have your camera in your hands? What does it to you?

I don’t leave home without a camera, even if it’s just to pop across the street to buy something. I’ve learnt in the past that the day you will forget the camera at home will be the day that the most surreal scene will unfold in front of you! When I first started shooting I was too concerned with how crystal clear and perfect the pictures would look and the content almost came secondary. I would waste so much time going through camera specs to find the best one. As soon as I discovered that I got more satisfaction out of a really good moment even if it was slightly blurry or out of focus, I felt relieved and so I focused on catching the mood, the vibe and the rawness of that moment regardless of what camera I was using. Cameras just became tools so I switch between all of them often. Digital cameras make me feel more artistic as I play around with the settings and techniques to get various effects but with film cameras I get the result and the feel I want straight away. I feel that I have saved myself from endless hours of editing that way. With all film cameras I feel my shots are more responsibly taken, more carefully thought of and it has turned my whole street photography experience into a ritual. I feel immense pride and freedom when using the Nikkormat FT as it’s fully manual and battery free and it has sentimental value to me as it belonged to my dad.


I also own a Minolta XD-7 that belongs to my dad. This is a small line between ordinary things and things with a emotions behind them transforming into true memorabilia. Street photography can also be a part of a bigger picture, because you are freezing history and people in the future will look at it to say: "Ah. This is how that place looked like in the past. Do you see yourself as a curator?

Exactly, I absolutely adore studying older photos. Particularly photos of New York in the 70s and 80s by Joel Meyerowitz and Gary Winogrand. They are so important to me as they keep my own childhood memories of New York alive and the nostalgia I get from them is incredible. I often wonder what our photos today will look like to the future generations. I’m afraid they won’t look as pure and original with all the editing available today. Over editing is a temptation for beginners, and it was for me too when I first started. I have gradually become very strict with my own work and try to stay as pure as possible. I look back at my early photos and cringe. I’ve destroyed fantastic content by using HDR and making them look like they are carved in stone for example. But everything is necessary as it’s part of your learning process. I am one of the administrators for the ‘Street Photography Ireland’ group on Facebook, and that has changed my perspective in so many ways. It is not curated so anything can be posted as long as it follows the group’s guidelines. It has made me study an image carefully, from the content, the feel and vibe, the process, everything. And I end up finding it hard not to like the image because I can picture the photographer in that very situation, it achieves its purpose and it takes me there too. There would be things I’d probably do slightly differently myself, but it doesn’t take away that magic of the moment captured. The only thing that makes me look away almost instantly is when it’s over processed. I am very open when it comes to other people’s work and find it satisfying to see a certain style developing and it helps me to view things from a different perspective too. With my own work though I am quite strict and judging and if the content gives me nothing I will get rid of it straight away, there’s no use in trying to save it or make something out of it through editing. It will turn out to be something very different from what I originally saw and went for, I wouldn’t like that at all.

Thank you for the interview!
(Nils K├╝lper)

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Working on a new special issue of Street_Spot

A new issue of Street_Spot is in the making. After having a great time in Dublin this year I decided to focus more on this great city and street photographers who also fascinated by this place. So I decided to contact the Giuseppe Milo who I met in Dublin. He is an excellent street photographer and is well connected to other talented artists in this area.

The result is a dropbox filled with awesome images by eleven photographers.




So stay tuned for the next issue of Street_Spot!

Friday, February 19, 2016

A new place for our magazine!

As I started the project I thought that it would not be easy to convince other street photographers to contribute to this new print magazine. Because I'am not well known on the web and they have to give their images to me in full resolution, but after contacting some artists via twitter I was overwhelmed by the reactions of each one of them. I got much great support and I finished the first issue in just three weeks.

And now the result of this project lies on my table and from time to time I grab it and flip through the pages enjoying the work of great photographers. It was simple and made my heart bump. With that new energy it is easy to navigate the ship into the open sea again to create a new issue from the scratch. The great thing is that this magazine is a "print on demand" product without any pressure to be successful. There is no certain goal to reach. I am satisfied when all the included photographers enjoy a high quality print and maybe make new friends around the world.

If you want to order the an issue you just need to click on "Order it now!" in the top menu bar. And bear in mind that this magazine is the result of a non-profit project. It is sold at cost price. We don't make a penny of it!

If you want to know why it is so important to print you should read this great and simple article written by Eric Kim.

What's next?


The next issue of Street_Spot is a special one about Dublin. I recently traveled to this great city and I met Giuseppe Milo there in person. He said that he knows some great street photographers from Dublin and the idea was born to dedicate the next issue to this awesome place. We will try to divide the magazine into different topics to present the city in all it's glorious details. The issue is also meant to be an appetizer for other street photographers to visit this place.

I also want to share some interviews with the contributing photographers on this blog.

If you want to get in contact with us then fill out the contact form on my portfolio-page. And if you have something to say you can use the comments below (moderated without any login).

Stay peaceful!

Cheers,

Nils