People - Amateur

At the Races 1

Jim Lustenader
USA

Nominee

"At the Races 1"
Paris 2012-13: Owners, high rollers or "rail birds," race fans love to check out the horses as they enter the track. From the series "At the Races."

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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