People - Amateur

Bowler Envy

Jim Lustenader
USA

Nominee

"Bowler Envy"
A dapper man in a fedora seems to admire the hat in Magritte's "Son of Man" at SanFrancisco's MOMA.

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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