Carlos Henrique Reinesch is a hobbyist photographer from Brazil and has been indulging his hobby for only about 3 years. His favorite genres of photography are conceptual and street of which he finds street the most challenging.
In one brief statement, define street photography.
It’s about capturing raw life happening unstaged and unplanned. it’s about capturing feelings amongst life in society and to be able to transmit the true essence and spirit of a place of our planet Earth in which human beings interact with their surroundings and with themselves. It is, at the end, the act of capturing how is the life of the human race, resuming in a frozen moment of time the whole story. Finally, it needs to be candid, and preferably aesthetic pleasing.
How would you define your artistic style (I.e. What defines your visual ‘uniqueness’)
Well, it is not easy to have a particular style, specially when talking about street photography. Things are never under your control, and what I do is to orientate my senses and turn my eyes to what appeals me the most. So, I would say that I’m always seeking for demonstration of feelings, interactions with advertisings and unusual things, actions, movements and expressions. I know, I am being too general in this, but I look for those things always trying to make an awkward approach, a picturesque view of reality that comes out with a feel of oddity and strangeness to my pictures as if the viewer need to double check them in order to sort out what is really going on and why. I like to leave a sense of commonnes to my work, using the most ordinary things I can and using only the required elements to tell my story, and what does not add to it, needs to be discarted. The whole story needs to be outlined in one image, clearly expressing emotions. Finally, a touch of a harsh, acid humor is also fine. Almost all my street pictures are in black and white, as I believe that way it’s easier to focus on composition and on the moment captured, without the colors as distractions.
How did you get into street photography?
I got into street photography because it is a motive that can be shot anywhere. I suddenly encoutered me with a recently bought camera in my hands and I couldn’t help myself but to shoot everything I could and try a lot of different things. I did know already the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson and had a bit of an idea of what was street photography about, so I decided to try it on my own. After joining deviantART, I saw many good street photography works and got inspired, and since then I started to snap some street photos occasionally, as I was fooling around with my camera. It soon became one of my favorite genres of photography, and now I often go out to the streets to seek for candids. I would even go further and say that I am looking for them not only when I’m out specifically for that but all the time, because of the handiness and discreteness of camera phones and, of course, having one all the time in my pocket is a blessing.
What influences your work (can be anything)?
What influences me the most is my way of seeing things and my passion to “collect” moments. I learned to see everything with different eyes, and to think outside the box. Put those two things together and you have my idea of street photography. It is amazing what can be said with a sinlge image, what stories can be told and what ideas can be transmitted. Reality being represented the way it is, raw emotions coming out of a frozen moment. I use my perception to influence myself to making great images that can speak louder to people, like using themselves to speak to them. Besides that, art in general inspire me, the act of making art is tranquilizing on its own and make me feel better. The idea of being able to transform the things I see into images is amazing.
Who are your top 5 street togs?
It’s hard to mention names. I have seen many images and lots of them have touched my heart. Images that can make me say “wow, I want to do this too”, and they don’t need to be from famous photographers. I guess that is the main reason I wanted to make street photography on my own, which is after having seen great work. I can mention two fantastic street photographers that have changed everything for me: Henri Cartier-Bresson, the master of course, and Elliott Erwitt. Bresson had a natural talent of capturing the “moment” and make everything converge to that single, perfect image which are worth more than a million words. I would say more, I guess there are not a word to properly express his gift, the word “talent” is just not enough. Elliott Erwitt is a master of that oddity I mentioned before, he can find that humorous and strangeness touch on ordinary situations that no one can. They both have concise, strong body of works that can easily be identifiable as theirs, and that’s what I want to achieve as well.