This month’s featured artist is shanephillips. A street photographer from North America!
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City and country where you live
Santa Monica, CA, USA
- How you started with street photography?
Thank you for having me as this month’s interview. Street Photography for me started around 2007 in New York City, while working at an art gallery near Chinatown. As a photographer, I’d always been interested in capturing candid shots and NYC provided endless diversity, energy and people.
As a teen, growing up in Indiana, I’d experimented with video as well as film photography in high school. Coming to the big city after college and finding an endless supply of life 24/7 and being able to candidly capture “live actors“ on the streets, became unceasingly fascinating to me. I wanted a tool that could help me work the way I wanted, close and fast, and found the Ricoh GRD. I shot the GRD exclusively for its snap focus and 28mm up until 2012 as my first dedicated street photography camera.
- Why street photography?
Because of the unknown! To me, street photography is the king of this. It presents an opportunity on each outing for real discovery, as the photographer has nothing to rely on, but that which they bring to any moment. Sure, you can know who you are and what you find interesting, but it’s this unknown of many variables that when they all happen to line up and come together, that is most the satisfying sort of photography I know.
- What and/or who inspires you?