'Ordinary people become stars': the best street photography – PHOTOS

  24 June 2020    Read: 1313
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From drive-in cinemas to butchered pigs, these images were all acclaimed at this year’s LensCulture street photography awards 2020, AzVision.az reports citing the Guardian.

Kevin Fletcher – 1st place series winner: Avenue of Roses

Fletcher says: ‘All of my photographs were taken on a single street in Portland, Oregon, a heavily travelled route that thousands of people navigate every day. Often derided and considered ugly by some, it is not known for its ease or hospitality. Nonetheless, it is a necessary and functional part of the city.’

Photograph: Kevin Fletcher

‘This project is a look into my backyard – a look at my city,’ adds Fletcher. ‘A documentary about 82nd Avenue against the backdrop of Portland’s rampant urban growth and a look at how we, as denizens, have at times prospered, but have also suffered from it. Every city in the world has an “Avenue of Roses”, a place depicting the multi-layered relationships humans have with their constructed environments and urban landscapes’

Photograph: Kevin Fletcher

Stuart Paton – 2nd place single winner: Anonymous

‘From an ongoing book project and the vain quest for an elusive dolce vita,’ says Paton

Photograph: Stuart Paton

Ernst P Sanz – finalist: An Open Window

Sanz says: ‘There is a certain beauty in that which apparently is irrelevant. A beauty that sometimes intensifies, with the simple act of framing it with the margins of a window. I play to isolate what interests me from everything around it. Using light, shape and colour to structure each image’

Photograph: Ernst P Sanz

Elia Cipelletti – finalist: El Carnicero

Taken in Medellin, Colombia

Photograph: Elia Cipelletti

Michael McIlvaney – 3rd place series winner: Subordinate

‘These images aim to demonstrate – actually or conceptually – the daily collisions between one’s inner private self and the everyday reality of urban city living,’ says McIlvaney. ‘They form part of a project intended to explore the metaphors associated with this tension: vulnerability; alienation; subordination; fear; threat; isolation; infringement; and intrusion’

Photograph: Michael McIlvaney

Toby Binder – 2nd place series winner: Wee Muckers – Youth of Belfast

See more from Wee Muckers – Youth of Belfast in our gallery here

Photograph: Toby Binder

Gala Font De Mora Martí – juror pick: Week End

Font De Mora Martí says: ‘This project shows five of the six drive-in cinemas still surviving in Spain; Star in Valencia, Drive-in in Denia, El Sur in Alicante, Race in Madrid and Autocine Gijón in Gijón, all peculiar cinemas where we watch the silver screen through the windscreen. I make these almost forgotten spaces visible again through the spotlight of my cinematic aesthetic. These are places unknown to most people, as many associate drive-in cinemas with old film scenes and the United States’

Photograph: Gala Font De Mora Marti

Tomasz Madejski – finalist: Occurrence

Although Madejski is a successful cinematographer, photography was his first love. Now he is compelled to go back to where he started

Photograph: Tomasz Madejski

Paul Kessel – 3rd place single: Q Train

Kessel says: ‘It was candid. The camera was on my lap and they never noticed me.’

Photograph: Paul Kessel

Wenpeng Lu – juror pick: Passersby

This is what photographers call the ‘golden hour’. For a fleeting moment, light and shadow sculpt any passerby like a cinematographer would an actor. Ordinary people become the stars of their own life, unknowingly striking dramatic poses at a street corner. At a time when most passersby have to wear a mask, this series is also a tribute to the human face and its endless ability to convey emotion through a split second

Photograph: Wenpeng Lu

Sebastian Steveniers – finalist: Sumadija

Steveniers says: ‘The capital of Sumadija in central Serbia. This region is known for its nature and mountains. There is basically no tourism and little influence from the west. People are mostly self-sufficient and farming is their main income. I experienced Sumadija as a fairytale, in which elements of daily life blend into a magic-realistic world that looks strange for me as an outsider. The photographs convey a sense of humour, a light-hearted touch and a hint of surrealism’

Photograph: Boy Kortekaas/Sebastian Steveniers

Nina Welch-Kling – finalist: Duologues

Welch-Kling says: ‘This photo was taken on a cold, winter afternoon in Times Square, New York City, in January 2020. I was about to head home but caught sight of the blue back wall of a coffee truck. I decided to linger for a while to see what might evolve. One of the characters was wearing a red hat, and when they stood in front of the blue wall and the skyline of the city, it created a sense of mystery while staying anonymous’

Photograph: Nina Welch-Kling

Gabi Ben Avraham – 1st place single: The Street Is Not a Studio

Ben Avraham says: ‘The shadows, fragile outlines, reflections within daily lives that are not noticed in the busy and thick urban landscape and sometimes are even crushed by it – these are precious to me’

Photograph: Gabi Ben Avraham

Rokas Jankus – finalist: new york city² / lost

Jankus says: ‘In the city, most people seemed somehow lost to me, geographically, mentally or even physically. They open up as if we’re in a most private place, while in fact being in the least private environment I can imagine’

Photograph: Rokas Jankus

Hugo de Melo – finalist: New York: A City as a Stage

‘NYC is known for the diversity of all aspects of life here, be it cultural, social, political, professional,’ says De Melo. ‘A stroll around on a regular day provides scenes that for an instant make you double-check that you didn’t just stumble upon a movie scene or a fashion editorial’

Photograph: Hugo de Melo

Ash Shinya Kawaoto – finalist: The city needs people

Kawaoto says: ‘The city raises a person. I like to capture the moment people walk in a photograph. Because as they move, the city gets power, and the city develops’

Photograph: Ash Shinya Kawaoto


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