I am just back from the London Street Photography Symposium, that occurred over the last weekend, and it was fantastic event that provided the gathering of great names of the street photography, and also a lot of peers that share the interest and passion for this weird craft. Talking, drinking, shooting together and reviewing each others work, there was time for all of it.
It was a great opportunity to learn, but also to get criticism on my work, and luckily enough I found Charlie Kirk, aka Two cute dogs, on site. I had no idea he was going to be there, so I grabbed the opportunity, since I really like how harsh he is criticizing photos. After listening to him pointing a number of issues with my photos from You are not alone project, I realized that I am far to immature to be posting so much of my work online. The internet phenomenon has a negative impact on us, and it was greatly pointed out by Nick Turpin in his presentation, there's simply too much crap out there and I don't want to be a part of that.
Another great, but similar lesson, came from Take Matt Stuart's talk. He has been shooting for 20 years, and recently became a Magnum nominee, and in the end it was all about 50 images of his. I was astonished by the selection, every shot a killer in its own regard. POW! POW! POW! And not only that, but by the count too, 50 images, after 20 years, that's it, that's what Magnum asks of you.
So, all in all, it was a great retrospective to be dwarfed by these great contemporary shooters and to understand that I still have a lot of clicks to do, to come up with 50 flawless moments of life.
Special thanks to Jason Reed the man behind this lovely weekend!
Keep shooting, not posting!