People - Amateur

Trump Rally

Jim Lustenader
USA

Honorable Mention

"Trump Rally"
The Naked Cowboy is something of an urban legend in NYC, so when I saw him performing on behalf of Trump in front of the candidate's eponymous tower I knew it was a fantastic photo op. Given the heat of the campaign, I was interested in capturing the energy of Trump's supporters and the reactions of bystanders as the Cowboy belted out a ballad he wrote in Trump's honor. And the 'Rump' was a perfect footnote to the occasion.

Biography: Street photography has a cinematic character that I love, combining elements of photojournalism, documentary and pure surprise to catch unguarded moments of everyday life. Spontaneity, immediacy, serendipity, empathy: each plays a role in the hunt for a successful shot. But to me the thing that makes a street photo truly impactful is an element of visual tension, whether between subjects or between a subject and his or her surroundings. Visual tension gives a photo intimacy and depth within a social context, allowing the viewer to pause and decipher possible meanings; it tells the story.

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