I must admit that I am not a member of the ugly school. I have a great regard for certain notions of beauty even though to some it is an old fashioned idea. Some photographers think that by taking pictures of human misery, they are addressing a serious problem. I do not think that misery is more profound than happiness. -- Saul Leiter
A series of photographs - Like Paintings
Saul Leiter (a street photographer) and Jack Spencer (a fine art photographer) are two of my favorite photographers, and they both started off their artistic careers as painters. Although I like paintings, I, myself, couldn't paint myself into a corner. Saul Leiter is an American photographer and painter whose early color photography work of the 1940s and 1950s was an important contribution and innovation to what came to be The New York School style of photography. Jack Spencer is a self-taught American photographer and painter from Mississippi. He is most well known for his photographic series Native Soil, which look like paintings, that consisted of deep sepia tones combined with significant manipulation that he conducted in the darkroom. What they both have in common is that their photographs look strikingly like paintings.
I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful. I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream. -- Vincent van Gogh
This series of international street photographs that I titled, "Like Paintings", comes from shooting with a tilt-focus lens in mostly low-light or night conditions. In some the cases, I was shooting through rain-covered windows as I did with the images taken from the tram in Prague, Czech Republic. I particularly like shooting with longer shutter speeds, which provides interesting distortions that mimic the brush strokes like paintings. Please note that these images have been created without the use of post-production manipulation, and are images made in-camera in low-light situations. This comes from a process of experimentation with many photographs that brings together street photography with an essence of rich colors, all in an attempt to capture the realness of people.
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary. -- Pablo Picasso