Featured Photographer: Rudy Boyer from France

Last week we had an opportunity of interviewing Rudy Boyer, a talented Street Photographer from France. We take this opportunity to present you Rudy Boyer as our Street Rythms Featured Photographer.

Rudy Boyer is 32 years old and lives in Nice, in the south of France. He is responsible for a structure analysis laboratory in the Construction/Building sector. Rudy is passionate about photography and music, he has been playing jazz guitar for ten years. He started Street Photography in 2013.

For Rudy, street photography is the best of photography, what happens in everyday life, scenes of joys, sorrows scenes, often very lonely! but life! it is also a big playground where he can express himself.

He shoots 95% of the time with Fuji x100s et and rest with Nikkon D700.

For aspiring street photographers, he suggests, “Open the books of famous photographers, go out and train again and again, go towards the essentials”.

About future of street photography, he says that like any fashion trend and ease of taking pictures, and of course also through to social networks, there will be more and more people getting into street photography. Then fashion will fade and what will remain will be real passionate…

We asked him about his style. He thinks that its primarily a state of mind. With time and influences, the look is changing and the desire to excel becomes larger. What he decides to get on the net is only 30% of his photos, so he just tried to be consistent. Its never really easy for him.

Rudy takes inspiration from Saul Leiter, Hary Gruyaert, Alex Webb, Nikos Economopoulus, Abbas Attar and also from many many others on flickr and facebook.

You can admire his work on Facebook | Flickr | Website

 

“Observation is the key of success in street photography” – Prashant Godbole

Prashant Godbole is a well known photographer. He began his career in the ad agency Lintas (now Lowe). He joined as an Art Director, where his first task was to do a campaign on Bajaj Scooters. His team’s ‘Hamara Bajaj’  campaign was an instant hit and injected a pride of ownership in scooter buyers. He chose slice-of-life images for the campaign, like a Parsi polishing his scooter, the aarti people perform when buying a new vehicle, and kids taking a ride with their father to school.

This became his visual style. He brought street photography into every ad campaign, be it for Killer Jeans, The Times of India, Shoppers Stop or Airtel. He has worked with great photographers like Swapan Parekh, Raghu Rai, Prabuddha and Tejal, and learned by observing how they work.

His first encounter with professional street photography happened by chance. While working on the ‘Express Yourself’ film for Airtel, Swapan was not available. So he took up the camera and started taking pictures. His campaign later won several awards. From that day onward, the camera has always has always been his companion, where ever he goes.

For him, street photography is like holding up a mirror to society, capturing the life of a moment on film, making room for instinct, telling a story, making you smile. In his words, we quote, “It tends to be ironic and often surprise you”. He says, in today’s global village, photography is the only thing that crosses barriers of language and happily transports viewers to different cultures.

When we asked him why he captures mostly in black and white, his answer was that he shoots digital so mostly in color, but he sees black and white images in his head. He recalls once jokingly telling a friend that his camera is color-blind.

Prashant never shoots with an idea or theme in mind. He stumbles upon the situation and waits for things to happen.

His photographs are simple, minimalistic and very artistic, thanks to his training in advertising. He feels that like an ad that tells that tells a story or communicate a message within seconds, images should be kept simple and to the point. Your visual should seek to be understood even by an illiterate person. Simple becomes powerful. Removing what is not the picture and what is not the message becomes art. He applies his training in his advertising to his street photography as well.

For him gear is not important, because, in his words, we quote, “You cannot become Abhinav Bindra by holding a peashooter in your hand”. But he also emphasize that what you do with your equipment will make all the difference.

Prashant finds inspiration in the works of Swapan Parekh, Raghu Rai and Raghubir Singh.

 


 

Below are few of his inspirational images. To see more of his work, visit his website www.prashantgodbole.com or follow him on Facebook. Bookmark him for your daily dose of inspiration.

Note: all the photographs in this article are copyright, © Prashant Godbole.

Street photographers to follow in 2016

We have been members of many street photography websites and groups, and we are following few street photographers on social media. This is our random list of few photographers that we believe are worth following. These are not compiled by votes or popular opinion, but are photographers whose work we love and admire.

We hope you’ll also enjoy the work of these talented street photographers and get inspired. The list is not yet complete and we will add more to this list as we explore for inspirations.

Swapnil Jedhe, India

Swapnil is a street photographer and creative director in an Advertising firm, from Pune, India. He explores the hidden art in our mundane lives and seeks to capture those magical unseen moments from ordinary, everyday scenes. He has a strong sense of composition and most of his images have simple and clean graphical forms.

Swapnil has won many accolades and awards for his work, and recently he won the most prestigious The Miami Street Photography Festival (MSPF). He is being featured in many reputed Photography Magazines in India as well as Internationally.

website | Facebook | Flickr

 

Tavepong Pratoomwong, Thailand

Tavepong Pratoomwong is a Street Photographer from Chanthaburi in Thailand. He has participated in many contests and awards, winning 1st place in the Miami Street Photography Festival 2014 while at the same time also being a finalist at the same contest with another photo. His work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions and has been published in the National Geographic Magazine of Thailand and other publications.

Facebook | WebsiteFlickr

 

Muhamad Imam Hasan, Bangladesh

Muhamad Imam Hasan is born and bought up in capital Dhaka, Bangladesh. By profession he is a Doctor (child physician) and by passion he is a street photographer. most of his work is based on the city of Dhaka.

He was finalist in the Miami Street Photography Festival 2015
Featured in Art Photo Feature (APF) Street Photography Magazine Website
Featured in 121Clicks

Muhamad started taking photos in 2013 with capturing his little daughters photographs. Later he joined South Asian Media Institute (Pathshala) in March 2013 and completed Basic and Foundation course in photography. He loves to capture decisive moment and playing with layers. His eye catches interesting close up candid moments and expressions.

Website | Facebook | Flickr