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Barry Lewis, photographic alchemist

Last week, I took a look back at my early pictures, to discuss the creative peaks in a photography career. This week, I’ve invited Barry Lewis, World Press award winner, regular contributor to Life, National Geographic, and so many prestigious magazines, to join the debate.
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Exhibition, Concept Store Photo in Nantes

Having endured a period so marked by social and cultural restrictions, it’s a real privilege, at this year end, to be able to put on an exhibition of my work at Concept Store Photo in Nantes, which can be shared with the public at large. This spacious and elegant photography boutique, provides a great setting for my selection of richly coloured street photographs.

Great Street Photographers take shit pictures

Far from wanting to knock “star names” off their pedestals, I intend to show that one can learn just as much, from bad or error pictures, as from the good ones. Indeed it may be that the “shit photos” separate out the best shooters from the common mortals, just as significantly, as the successful hits do.

Is Street Photography necessarily a solitary occupation?

Many Street Photographers talk of a spiritual-like experience when our perceptions are truly heightened and we can suddenly order the surrounding chaos in magical ways, to capture a beautiful single moment. Is shooting on one's own the only way to achieve this - how else can we be totally concentrated, immune from distractions?

Street Photography highlights 2019

No less an authority than Alex Webb once told me that I had a good natural instinct for photographing in portrait format. I took it as a compliment! When I look back at my street pictures over this last year I find again that some of my most successful or interesting images were upright ones. There's something about the vertical frame that I consider particularly appealing: a certain elegance, a sense of form and space which is inherent to composing a scene in such a way.

New Street Photography Newsletter

My new purpose designed Street Photography newsletter. Keep up to date with the the latest articles, interviews, book and exhibition recommendations, as well as receiving advance notice of upcoming Workshops and special offers.

Location, location, location

When we marvel at the skill of street photographers to extract from the chaotic mass of visual information that surrounds us, a spontaneous and magical moment of everyday life, it would seem that they are just blessed with good luck. The truth however is somewhat different. We head to locations that we know are going to provide us with rich photographic potential.

Seeing quickly, moving slowly: the Matt Stuart way

There are probably nearly as many workshops around these days as photographers, but when the chance to visit a nearby capital city I’d never visited before (Brussels) arose at the beginning of October, in the company of Matt Stuart, all tied in with a Street Photography Festival, it was an opportunity too good to pass up.

In praise of verticality

I’ve always approached photography as the art of capturing reality in a way that is not instinctively obvious to the naked eye. This is one of the fundamental reasons I’ve often been drawn to the vertical format. Framing a picture within the upright dimensions of a 35mm camera, is a compositional choice which creates, by its nature, an alternate perspective.

Stardust memories, the early works

Is there a creative edge and energy to our formative work that is never fully re-captured later on in a professional career? I investigate the subject looking back at my own early black and white film-based pictures.

Taking responsibility on the streets

As an experienced Street Photographer, I'm actually not that comfortable taking pictures of strangers. Should we shoot whatever we want in public spaces, or is it better to set personal limits of responsibility and integrity?

Clear the mind and see the light

As the days of isolation have continued I have begun to become more and more aware of how the light at different times of the day turns quotidian household fixtures and fittings into objects of beauty. The simple duty of having to slow down has uncluttered my brain and increased my sense of perception. I literally see things today in a new light.

Visual conversations with Niall McDiarmid

Around 4 years ago I discovered Niall McDiarmid’s work. Over and above enjoying and admiring his images, I felt he ticked many of the boxes that were missing in my work. The crossover of portraiture and street photography really appealed, he was saying something meaningful that went beyond personal artistic expression.

Paris autumn Street Photography workshop

Several months’ preparatory work came to fruition with this autumn’s Street Photography workshop in Paris. From finding a suitable base to seeking out a varied set of locations, my aim is to pass on what I believe are those aspects of the craft that are teachable and reproducible in real life conditions.

Loire Atlantique Photo Spring Workshop

Following on from the success of last autumn's workshop, a new set of street shooting enthusiasts from local photo clubs, joined me for a spring weekend in Nantes & Saint Nazaire. From the city centre flea-market to the seaside promenade: a variety of environments to capture the imagination & harness our skills.

Photo Festival – Pont Saint Martin

Delighted to have been one of the five photographers invited to exhibit their work last weekend for the 12th edition of the Pont Saint Martin photo festival, an event of growing significance in the Nantes photographic calendar.

Exhibition in Trentemoult

I'm delighted to be taking part in the seventh edition of the celebrated cultural event & art festival- le Parcours des Créateurs-held in the picturesque former fishing village of Trentemoult, situated on the south bank of the Loire river opposite Nantes. I'll be exhibiting a selection of large format, colourful and graphic Street photos, taken in London, Rome, Nantes and other urban environments, from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th June.

About

English freelance professional photographer based in Nantes, France. Street Photography has been my passion ever since I first held a film camera in my hand. I run Workshops throughout France and other major European cities.
I also have over 20 years’ experience in Editorial and Corporate work, as well as making a career in shooting Documentary Weddings.
For the last decade I have been a photography educator, teaching in the Graphic Design School for undergraduate students in Nantes.

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