Street Photography 4 - (1 of 9) 2016/2017

Photo by Denis Dukhovnik

Curator of this competition: Lara Kantardjian

Lara Kantardjian

Lara Kantardjian Lara Kantardjian
Fine art street photographer and artist (b. 1968 Nicosia, Cyprus), based in London. Working predominantly with film photography. Began art education 1987 and studied fine art painting and photography at the London University of the Arts, graduating with a BA Degree from Central Saint Martins and Masters Degree at Chelsea College of Art (1992-‘96). During which time, did an Internship at Sotheby’s and a Curatorial Training Program at the Tate, London, worked at Smith’s Gallery for The Contemporary Society and assisted in curating group exhibitions at the Lethaby Gallery, Smith’s Gallery and London Institute Gallery. Thereafter leased a warehouse and in partnership set up an independent artists run studio and gallery showcasing emerging artists. Exhibited both paintings and photographs in solo and group shows since 1993, in London, Paris, Budapest, NYC and most recently at The Shanghai International Photography Festival, with work housed in private and public collections, including the UK Public Art Collection. Member of ACAVA (Association for Cultural Advancement through Visual Art) and resident artist at Palace Wharf Studios (1998-’14). Initiated The Analogue Street Collective – a project featuring and publishing the work of the collective as well as invited street photographers and currently working on book publications. Publications featuring Lara Kantardjian's work include Inspired Eye Magazine, STARK-Magazine, doc! photo magazine and Aorta magazine with the recent Urban Pulse / Rome project featured in Resource Magazine and at LensCulture.
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First curator's choice
Congratulations Victor Calero!

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Lara Kantardjian
Lara Kantardjian:Richard Edwardes and Shakespeare after him both compared the world to being a stage, with all the people as actors playing their part with their entrances and exists. Many contemporary street photographers have adopted this idea, that the street itself is like a theatre and the stage set for the players wherein to enact their part. For me this fine image that is perfectly executed and framed alludes to that idea. As if the four figures have entered a dark stage, that much like a theatre, is lit with the lighting on the subjects. Their role? To stand together each in their own separate spot, disconnected with one another and protecting their identities by hiding from the light shining on them from above perhaps. Where is the play set? By the two objects we have to go on, as everything else is lost in that dark expanse of space, a framed picture and what appears to be a lampshade, an open market or auction most likely. At least this is my interpretation. We all of course have our own. That is the beauty of photography, in the same way as it is in art works; the meaning behind the image is open for interpretation. Unless we are provided with footnotes, a description of exactly what is taking place, the nature of the work and detailed background about it, it opens up a space to freely use our own imagination, interpretation and with it our thoughts and feelings about an image. This is mine.

 
 

 

Second curator's choice
Congratulations diego bardone!

Competition award Janus-faced

Janus-faced Janus-faced
Lara Kantardjian
Lara Kantardjian:An outstanding shot that perfectly captures and depicts the idea of a duplicitous character and all that can be read within it.

Did the photographer anticipate these two figures dressed in black literally from head to toe, walking towards each other on a pavement that is so narrow they would have to pass by each other at such close proximity and as a consequence would merge as one? Or was it merely by chance? Either way it is an impressive shot. What is important here is not so much how the photographer came to make the image but that the image itself was seen and taken at the decisive moment.
'Janus-Faced' works in all aspects for this reason, the impeccable timing, the composition and the character/s who in many ways reminds me of Lago, the main antagonist from Othello, to the extent that he could almost be his double.

I also particularly like the small detail of the picture on the window sill above them, of what looks like the Pope looking down onto the street, as if at them, knowingly from that height.

 
 

 

 

Special Mentions

Lara Kantardjian
Lara Kantardjian: A wonderful moment of something which touches us all at one time or another - the passing of time, as shown so eloquently here. I love how the leading line carries us, like time itself, towards that which we can not escape from, the inevitable in life. And I love how ageing is depicted so respectfully and in such a simple form. The obvious connection we make between young and old is embedded in us, so much so, that as in this case, the heels and fitted skirt cut high above the knee of an elegantly dressed woman against the flat shoes and a comfortable lose below the knee dress is automatically associated with one which is worn by a much older lady.

Staying with literature again, the author Frank Herbert once said "There is no real ending. It's just the place where you stop the story." With this in mind, rather then living with a dread of what will come years later in life and equating it with loss - be it loss of youth, loss of appearances as the natural course of time changes the body, we should embrace it and live out our dreams to the fullest without the fear of some end time. The same thought process and outlook can be applied to street photography or any creativity for that matter, to keep shooting, keep pushing yourself, keep searching, seeing, feeling, going after your dreams fearlessly...until you stop the story.

 
 

 
Lara Kantardjian
Lara Kantardjian: It has been said that sometimes a title makes the story. In my opinion, I don't think it can be said of this picture. The image speaks for itself. Take away the title, the image of the man even though he is well dressed with waistcoat buttoned up neatly, light clean trousers and shirt with a tie - suggesting he takes care of his appearance, is all thrown out of the window by the simple gesture of his finger and expression, perhaps the woolen hat also, which seems a little out of place with the rest of his style. The lady smiling directly at the lens may be in on it too, seen what the photographer has seen. Though most likely smiling at the realization that the photographer has framed her in the scene.

This photo is a great example of finding real characters on the street and most of all, being ready with camera in hand. The light on him and exposure really brings the subject out. I like this man. Crazy or not, he has character. He has a story for sure. It is in his eyes, strong, defiant and almost lost in his own world.

 
 

 

Congratulations Alphan Yilmazmaden!
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Lara Kantardjian
Lara Kantardjian: Three figures, all with no identity. Well, with the exception of the furry one. Yet we can define and describe them all simply by their profile shadows and casual dress. I like this image a lot also for the great placement of figures and the well balanced layers - all working together in harmony like musical notes on a score sheet. It is not easy to manage a composition with so many layers but here the photographer has nailed it.

 
 

 

Congratulations Steven Jensen!
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Lara Kantardjian
Lara Kantardjian: A great photo that makes you really feel the atmosphere and friendship along with almost hearing that splash of water. The POV is what really makes this image for me. It gives you a sense of being right there in the scene. It also seems to hold a little mystery. I find myself wanting to unravel more about what is happening. Did the young boy dive or was he thrown in playfully? A photo I can easily spend much time viewing. In fact, I have.

 
 

 

Congratulations Arsenio Jr Nidoy!
Patched

Patched
Lara Kantardjian
Lara Kantardjian: The first word that came to mind when I saw this well seen image, before even reading the title was patched. Not just patched as in a patch on a body wound, but patched as in healing in a broader sense. So smiled when I realized what the title was. For me, this photo speaks also about the fragility of ourselves and the urban/environment. That we need to take care of both. Not to get too spiritual here about us being one with it all. It's just my interpretation and association. The clever juxtaposition of the similarly shaped circular plaster side by side the floor fittings itself is enough - to have seen and made the connection.

 
 

 

Winner of the Viewers Choice award
Congratulations diego bardone!

Competition award Janus-faced

Janus-faced Janus-faced

 
 

 

 

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