Photojazz Five (n.) Five questions to and five photos from a street photographer.
Now that we’ve covered the east, the west, and the great white north of North America, let’s move on to Europe. We’ll begin in the ancestral home of the egg tart and a native language that is sort of like Spanish but not Spanish so don’t call it Spanish, Portugal. Where they speak Portuguese. Not Spanish.
And have street photographer Damien C.
Damien actually has his origins in Africa (don’t we all at some level), but a cruel war that claimed the life of many of the people he knew forced his family to immigrate to Portugal where he has lived for the majority of his life. Like me, he is an educator and has been perverting the minds of young children for over a decade.
In one brief statement, define street photography.
Street Photography is mostly about the correlations between humans and the environment. Between humans and other humans and other living creatures. How we function in society, how we stand, how we act, mainly how we act without being aware that we are being seen.
How would you define your artistic style (I.e. What defines your visual ‘uniqueness’)
Having started into photography through other genres, I have suffered the most painful learning curve until I realized there is a difference between documenting and deeply alter what was being captured. I am an aperture freak, I still play with light and that is probably the key element in my photography. You may also find solitude captures my attention the most.
How did you get into street photography?
It’s a vice, it grew on me as if an organism was self-feeding on my will to shoot. I deeply feel I shoot to defy our dying destiny. Life is so fragile and our presence is so ephemeral. I am terrified with the thought of losing my children. I have hundreds of thousands of photos of them, I have broaden my view and expanded my circle of concerns. I have been in a permanent sociological reflection since I was a teen. Photography came like a catharsis 3 years ago. There’s no other genre in parallel with PJ that allows us to freeze forever that natural moment, that body language, that frown, that smile. I am also driven to know what makes people abandon their homes and hit the streets, so I talk to a lot of bums and addicts and take their portraits (a subgenre if you will).
What influences your work (can be anything)?
More than influencing, seeing other people’s brilliant work just makes me want to go out there and shoot. There’s this guy in Taipei who took a shot of someone running from a typhoon which blew me away (link) Then I started browsing and browsing and I went out there and never stopped again.
Who are your top 5 street togs?
There are a few young photographers out there who will be a part of history. You will find them here: http://www.in-public.com/photographers