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

Photo by Youngjae Lim, United States

Curator of this competition: Chris Suspect

Chris Suspect   Chris Suspect
The son of a diplomat, Chris Suspect was born in the Philippines in 1968. He is a street and documentary photographer hailing from the Washington, D.C. area. He specializes in capturing absurd and profound moments in the quotidian. His street photography work has been recognized internationally and has been exhibited in Miami, Germany, Georgia and the United Kingdom. His documentary work on the underground music scene in Washington, D.C., was published as a book, Suspect Device, by Empty Stretch in 2014 and was a featured exhibit in the Leica Galerie at Photokina 2014 in Koln, Germany. In 2015, this same series was exhibited at the Tblisi History Museum in Georgia during the Kolga Tblisi Photo Festival. The work is currently held in the Leica Galerie Archives. Since 2012 he has been a member of the STRATA photo collective, focussing on street photography and located in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.

In this past year, Suspect was named a finalist in the Urban Picnic Street Photography Awards (UK), a finalist in the Miami Street Photography Festival and was shortlisted for the International Street Photography Awards (UK). Locally, he was named the winner of the Washington City Paper’s 2014 Photography Contest. Previously served as a judge for the Miami Street Photography festival during Miami Art Basel (2013), he won Photo District News’ “The Scene” contest for music photography (2013) and received an honorable mention in the Chicago Photographic Society’s first annual street photography contest (2013).

Suspect’s work has recently been featured in the Huffington Post, Photo District News and on the Leica Camera Blog. He also has published photographs in the Washington Post, Washington City Paper, CNN, The Atlantic, Forbes and many other media outlets in the US, Germany, Canada and Brazil.
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First curator's choice
Congratulations Ed Robertson!

The Hammers

The Hammers The Hammers
Chris Suspect
Chris Suspect:This is an photo with no gimmicks, no juxtapositions, no puns, no light and shadow play, and none of the other visual tricks that often define street photography today. It is just a straight up amazing photograph of a group of rowdy teenage boys doing what they do best, being rambunctious and defiant. The shirtless kid in the center with his arms outstretched is the focal point but once you start looking around you see a wonderful range of expressions. Just looking at this picture makes me feel like I am in a working class neighborhood somewhere in the United Kingdom about to take on a gang of football hooligans. I also love the fact that that the boy's underpants in the center says "easy." However, taking a shot like this is far from easy - way to many variables to account for. This would make for a great book or album cover. It's an iconic image.



Second curator's choice
Congratulations Jeong Vin Yoon!

Bangkok traffic

Bangkok traffic Bangkok traffic
Chris Suspect
Chris Suspect:Who says everything has to be in focus for an image to work? In fact this image may not even work as well if the woman in the foreground was super crisp. What makes this successful is that it forces your eyes to bounce from her to the traffic in the background (which can be clearly seen) and then to the geometry of her hair sweeping along the bottom of the frame. In the end you come back to her eyes. There is not a corner of space wasted in this frame. It's a great composition with a sense of chaos that mirrors the kind of bustling traffic Bangkok is famous for.




Special Mentions

Chris Suspect
Chris Suspect: It's almost hard to discern if this is some sunbather's chest who just got out of the water or you are looking straight into the face of some odd looking creature. I love the water droplets dripping off this man's body which provides glints of the flash that was used to take this shot. The man's hand placement on his sides only helps accentuate his portly physique. It's not a pretty picture by any stretch of the imagination, but it's a wonderful study of the kinds of things you see at the beach that most people usually avert their eyes from. If you feel uncomfortable looking at this remember it the next time you order a cheeseburger and fries, you may just change your mind and ask for a salad instead.



Congratulations Antonio E. Ojeda!

Chris Suspect
Chris Suspect: This image is pure geometry. It's light and shadow play defined by an abstract composition. The color is amazing and the person in the bottom right brings it all together. It's a simple image, but they can be some of the hardest to pull off and this one does it in spades.


Chris Suspect
Chris Suspect: There is a lot going on in the frame. We have an older woman in front of an apartment building or housing project walking with her bags and cane in fashionable sunglasses, necklace, black and white top and flowing skirt. She appears to be making eye contact with the photographer. On the far left we have some street art depicting another fashionable younger lady making eye contact with text that appears to read "Zoom Fashion," but it's hard to be certain because of the flock of pigeons scattered across the left and center of the photograph cover up some of the text. The chaotic presence of the birds also add a lot of energy to the picture. What I like about this is that there is an association of the woman in the street art image and the older lady. Was that her earlier self? Do the birds riff off the concept of how time flies? If you read beyond the mere depiction there is more to this than meets the eye.


Chris Suspect
Chris Suspect: This is a wonderful shot full of energy and very reminiscent of Arthur "Weegee" Fellig's work in the Lower East Side of NYC in the 1930s and 40s. I love how the police are holding on to each other's belts in an effort to contain the throngs of people behind them. You can see the struggle on their faces. It's a great photograph that begs the question of what is going on here?


Chris Suspect
Chris Suspect: We've all scene (should be *seen*) this trope before and it's hard to resist taking these shots, and really there is no excuse for not taking these. They don't come often and when they do it's hard to nail them precisely like this. Plus they are a lot of fun. I can't be certain that the woman behind the book is of Asian descent, but it makes me wonder if the book dropped would we see the same person.



Winner of the Viewers Choice award
Congratulations Vasco Trancoso!

Competition award The Red Line.

The Red Line. The Red Line.





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