Category Archives: Format Festival

Posts about the biennial Format Photography Festival based in Derby

Some of my Street Photography

I have been using Tumblr for some time now as a way of posting a mobile photography project, that seems to keep morphing via the use of my Canon G range of cameras.

The initial project was to utilise a workflow of shoot , process and publish, purely using mobile phones or devices. Mainly influenced by a Format PhotoForum talk by Australian Olly Lang ( Oggsie ). This now involves the use of settting a Canon G15 to a fixed focal range and shooting “from the hip” . Similar to Walker Evans Subway Photographs he made in the period 1938 to 1941. By setting a focus distance and keeping the camera in his coat he managed to make several stunning candid portraits.

 https://www.moma.org/learn/moma_learning/walker-evans-subway-portraits-1938-41

The following where made in a similar way by me with only minimal corrections to straighten the shots and curves  – what you see is as is from the camera to the screen.

http://grazoid.tumblr.com/post/131229725010/sometimes-even-a-mobile-phone-can-be-intrusive

http://grazoid.tumblr.com/post/131229725010/sometimes-even-a-mobile-phone-can-be-intrusive

Michael Wolf welcomes World Press Photo controversy – British Journal of Photography

Michael Wolf
Michael Wolf – A Series of Unfortunate Events
I have reservations over this work until I saw it a the Format Photography Festival in March. This is what I noted “it has a power of narrative that is due to the fact that once the initial images are  taken out of their “environment” it all starts the brain working to decode the storyline”.

Michael Wolf uses cropping to isolate specific images and by removing some reference areas it creates a new narrative. An innocent image of someone crossing a street by cropping in close with other people. Taking this image as an example, close cropping gives a feeling of entrapment and claustrophobia as the “cast” appear to move closer together;it becomes a CCTV image of a mugging about to occur.

It’s as much about choosing the decisive moment to press the shutter as it is about placing the main components into the image to relay the new storyline the characters have to follow. As such I consider this to be photography of the street and of equal value as any street photography.

Bruce Gilden goes "head on" in Derby

This is a link to a trailer for great video by Olivier Laurent currently being shown at the Derby Museum and Art Gallery as part of the Format 11 international photography festival. This years is dedicated to Street Photography.
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