Shades and Lights

Vasco Trancoso
“Shades and light” photographs made in urban environments it has been from a long time an interesting category within Street Photography. Either in B&W as "in colors". We all remember the work of great photographers such as Ray Metzer, Harry Callahan, Alex Webb, Trent Parke, Constantine Manos, Nikos Economopoulos, Gueorgui Pinkhassov, Harry Gruyaert and many others.

Photographers who usually practice it walk the streets in search of light & shadow beautiful NATURAL contrasts - avoiding over manipulation. They visit the same place several times and observe light and people while they are moving because the length of light, direction and nature will vary throughout the day. And they look how light is filtered through various obstacles to create unique patterns.
This competition also arises as a consequence of the current increase of this practice among street photographers.

“The drama of light exists not only in what is in the light, but also what is left dark. If the light is everywhere, the drama is gone”.
- Jay Maisel.

I am forever chasing light. Light turns the ordinary into the magical”
– Trent Parke

Curator of this competition: Vasco Trancoso

I am a Portuguese medical doctor (gastroenterologist) that after retirement, resumed an old passion asleep: Photography. After a first moment with contemplative images of landscapes I awoke, at the end of 2014, to Photography on public places. I´m fascinated by the unpredictability of streets, as in Jazz and Life, and now I have a daily routine where I shoot for myself and for pleasure. An healthy and saving obsession. On the streets I´m happy to discover daily miracles that arise as fragments of a parallel dimension where the ordinary and banal can be extraordinary. In 2014-2015, 95% of photos were in B & W. In 2016-2017, my photographic "voice" changed and 100% of the work became Candid and “in colors"- always using a compact camera. Now as I make Candid shots and usually I do not need to ask for authorization to photograph because the light shade game I use makes people unidentifiable. I only ask permission after the shot in the very rare street portraits I shoot with the camera in silent mode picking up people without them noticing or even "on your face". I love more color work because allows me to highlight certain elements and color patterns in an image. I feel color brings out an extra meaning and better depth / layers / tridimensionality – improving object recognition and associations inside frame. There is no messages but just a way of seeing where visual pleasure and color composition are the most important. I am fascinated to discover the magic of light in the urban kaleidoscope when fragments of colors emerge between dark silhouettes and deep shadows. A way of seeing through the primacy of aesthetic choices, geometries and the elaboration of contrasts. The plastic approach, the chromatic composition, the emotions and the graphic impact are decisive. Essentially I photograph for visual pleasure and for the happiness I feel when I make a good image.

End date: 2018-10-01
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