Thursday, September 29, 2016

11 Ways To Lose At Street Photography

Well, what did you expect after last year's 10 Ways To Lose At Street Photography? Now, to be clear- the winners at the Lens Culture Street Photography Awards are all deservedly grand- truly le creme de la creme! Seriously, great stuff there- and sorry, no, I do not have an inflated sense of my own self worth. I am not Trump, I do not think myself the be all and end all... "Trust me!" And many have been the times I've written just how utterly embarrassed I am to even be seen camera in hand while in the presence of truly great photography! 

On the other hand... to say that not one of these is even worthy of one of a hundred "Honorable Mentions," dang- yeah, I do have a problem with that. Not one!? One!?!?

Again, I applaud the winners- but all these fuckers ain't exactly rejects...


Photo: © S. Banos




Photo: © S. Banos




Photo: © S. Banos




Photo: © S. Banos




Photo: © S. Banos




Photo: © S. Banos




Photo: © S. Banos




Photo: © S. Banos


 

Photo: © S. Banos


Now, the above ten were grouped together under the general theme of "Taking or Posing for Photos," and I guess it didn't help that one of the winning portfolios was on... people taking photos. And you can jump up and down that that was indeed the better group of photos- and I still won't argue with ya! But even if you chuck all these out baby, bath water and all- c'mon, ya honestly gonna tell me that even this last one (submitted separately as a single) isn't worth an Honorable? Goddamn, really, shit, c'mon...


Photo: © S. Banos


4 comments:

Raghavendra Udupa said...

Stan, no matter what judges have to say, the street photograph that you submitted as a single is exceptionally good; something that I feel is at least as good as Winogrand's classic http://www.atgetphotography.com/Images/Photos/GarryWinogrand/winogrand_19.jpg. Keep up the good work.

Stan B. said...

Oh, my god, no!!! Raghavendra, my photo is but 1/10 of that- one of THE greatest photos ever to be made- Ever!

Eric Rose said...

Your stuff is fantastic Stan. Screw the judges, they obviously have doodoo between their ears. Do like the rest of them, start your own competition so you and your buddies can be winners.

Stan B. said...

Thanks guys...

Raghavendra- That last photo was a moment of fortuitous serendipity- so was Winogrand's shot... except his moment was eons in the making, transcending time and art into a heightened reality of its own making!

Eric- Sometimes (like once, maybe?) it's just kinda nice if someone in "officialdom" gives ya the nod.

Guess everyone deserves that at least once in their lives...