Street photography WSP 4 - (8 of 9) (2016/2017 photos only!)

Photo: Michał Orliński, Poland

Curator of this competition: Michael Ernest Sweet

Michael Ernest Sweet Michael Ernest Sweet
Michael Ernest Sweet is a Canadian writer, photographer, and HuffPost blogger. And, a poet too! Michael is the author of two street photography books, "The Human Fragment" and "Michael Sweet's Coney Island" both from Brooklyn Arts Press. His instantly recognizable street photography is known for its gritty up-close depictions of humans in their natural habitat. Michael has been awarded two of Canada's highest civilian honours - The Prime Minister's Award and The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal - for significant contributions to education and the arts. Michael Sweet lives in New York City and will be releasing his third book, “Disposable Camera”, in 2016.
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The Human Fragment by Michael Ernest Sweet – WSP Recommendation
“Like a modern-day Weegee, Michael Ernest Sweet proves conclusively that photography is not quite yet a lost art. Utilizing composition, texture, and depth of field to capture his public and frankly open subjects, his work makes you long for a time when photographers were valued for their style and eye.” – Bruce LaBruce

“Michael Ernest Sweet’s photos are not sweet at all – they are rich and investigative, with a unique voice that speaks of presence, mystery, and selectivity – a highly personal vision.” – Jay Maisel

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First curator's choice
Congratulations Arif Muhammad!

No one happy tonight

No one happy tonight No one happy tonight
Michael Ernest  Sweet
Michael Ernest Sweet:This image has both a creepy feeling and, at the same time, a kind of cinematic quality. It's different. It pushes beyond the tired hackneyed images of umbrellas, people jumping puddles, faces obscured by shadows, or bright-colored geometric shapes - all good things to push beyond. I like this photograph, a lot. It's fresh.



Second curator's choice
Congratulations Muhammad Imam Hasan!


Untitled Untitled
Michael Ernest  Sweet
Michael Ernest Sweet:I'm not exactly sure what's going on in this photograph, but I like it.
It's surreal and odd and engrossing. I especially like how the chipped and cracked paint of in the lower edge of the frame steals our attention. The fat fingers, the blue and white stripe, even the child's teeth are all easy objects of our attention as our eyes wonder the frame. This is a photograph to be read - a story in visual form.




Special Mentions

Congratulations Ardhi Skippers!

Michael Ernest  Sweet
Michael Ernest Sweet: Here we have another photograph that needs to be dissected. What are we seeing, exactly? The colors, shadows, the hands reaching into the foreground - grasping at us! I especially love the weird, menacing rubber-clad chains reaching down into the frame. There is an certain abstract quality to this image that also attracts my attention and admiration. Good job, photographer!


Michael Ernest  Sweet
Michael Ernest Sweet: There is a lot going on in this photograph - a lot of fascinating stuff!
I'm not generally a fan of vertical images, but I simply could not resist this one. The alignment of the two faces is brilliant; the two feet, one blurred, one crisp is a particularly terrifying element. The motion blur is effective in making the one leg eerily thin, almost monstrous. The blank face is mere icing. Wonderfully seen and skillfully captured.



Congratulations Arif Muhammad!
Fake woman

Fake woman
Michael Ernest  Sweet
Michael Ernest Sweet: I would normally try to avoid adding nominating a second image by the same photographer, but I must make an exception here. This image, Fake Woman, is stunning in its execution. Indeed, I am reminded of some of my own early work from Montreal. The use of flash to blow out the face is effective here. The hair blowing out from the sides with a certain symmetry is key. You're onto something here photographer, you've got eyes. Keep it up!



Congratulations Kevin Andrean!

Michael Ernest  Sweet
Michael Ernest Sweet: Another image that would not normally capture my affection, yet, this one works! I like the abstract quality. The design is organic and natural, not forced or overdone in post. This kind of photograph is refreshing in an age of startled faces and Asians on cell phones. We need wall art from the streets too - and here it is. I'd hang this in my home, without question. Send me a print, photographer!



Winner of the Viewers Choice award
Congratulations Vasco Trancoso!

Competition award Atmosphere

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