On Flickr.com you can create selections of other people’s work in groups of up to 18 photos. They’re labelled galleries (as opposed to sets and collections which you can use to organise and showcase your own work).
Since I’ve enjoyed being included in some of the galleries that a few people have created each week relating to the Street Photography Now Project, I thought I’d create one myself from the submissions in the 32nd week.
All the photographs in this selection were created within one week, in response to the following quote by respected street photographer David Gibson “Follow lines of movement for a graphic journey”
by Marian Grozos
This reminds me of fashion and style in iD magazine when it first came out in the 80s and a designer called Fiorucci. The subject is very stylish and the kind of person who’d be stolen for a Benetton ad. It makes me think of globalisation and that phrase ‘cultural melting pot’. It makes you wonder how much people have a cultural identity anymore in major cities. I feel they do, and I feel she does. But this graphic journey takes you around the world and back.
by Justin Vogel
It’s great the way her arm and shoulders create a perfect horizontal. A lot of people try to do spots and stripes on zebra crossings but a zebra on a zebra really cracks it. Her open bag is curious as you can’t see what’s inside but you like to imagine briefly what’s in there. Her drink held aloft, it’s one of those cultural things that’s so contemporary – you just think of how dated the word ‘frappacino’ is going to be a few years down the line. New York is very exotic for me and this stripey Statue of Liberty street perpetuates that in my mind.
by Tom Percy
Had to include this one, as I feel it breaks through the spiral staircase cliche. Mainly because the cliche rarely includes people and is neater and more shell like. This one is a fusion with a spaghetti junction and perfectly it says ‘shopping journey’ on the side. I’m curious to see this in colour.
by Daniel G. Marchand
How to take cold grey water and make it warm and show the intrinsic aliveness of inanimate concrete. And at the same time, an elegant graphic design. The water took me by surprise when my brain first registered it, perhaps because of the flattened graphic effect where you see stripes of grey. I think I would have corrected the tilt on this one though!
by Clarence Loi
This takes me back to childhood in an instant journey of nostalgia. I guess it’s not as strong on the graphic element, but the most graphic part – the chairs – is essential for the story and it IS a train! I love the way the Dad figure looks a bit bored but indulges the children who are delighted. Really touching and joyful.
by Duncan Scoble
I rather like the way this is a little over exposed. If it hadn’t been, it might have seemed too photo library, too perfect. And it matches the hot lemon colours – you could be in Southern Spain or I imagine Italy. And absolutely perfect use of these Selfridges bags which are like a fluorescent rash in Oxford and Regent Street shots in London.
What a lucky encounter! I love the contrast between the wet super saturated yellow and the grainy concrete and dirty clothes of the painter. Nice touches with the tape measure and the stripes framed by the rail in the corner. Corners can often be boring! Perhaps it would have been even better with tape forming a perfect curve on the right. Appropriate shop title as a quest is often integral to a journey.
by chocolate girl
I like the way the force of nature is driving right to left like the diagonal lines in the foreground. This is a picture I could really live with, perhaps because the horizon is so calming. The chimney on the horizon reminds me of a power station so for me the picture is about energy, power and forces and the graphic elements and movement help illustrate that.
What a beautiful picture. The layering is literal with the mesh and stripes on the glass and the two main slices of inside and outside. The interior is appealing for the way the kids are so absorbed in their reading and it gives the feeling of the way their minds are moving through the information. Then when you look out you have the bold graphics of the plane and you think of the airport, the centre body of those spidery plane route maps. It’s one of those pictures that works well aesthetically but leaves you plenty of room for your own imagination.
by Magnus Fröderberg
It’s like a giant Gulliver looked at an ordinary scene and leaned forward and just bent things a little out of shape. As others have pointed out, the double green man is unusual. The sphinx parked next to the street cleaner is a lovely surprise. The elegant background. The flagpole and broom echoes. The man’s costume with the big black patches. So much in there and a great use of vertical, especially with the pavement lining up perfectly on the left edge.
by Kevlin Henney
A lego landscape. Everything is ordered and neat. Then the guy in his splayed and ridiculous pose. And I like the way he’s literally hooked into a connection with his surroundings. Balance of detail, action and space (water) is good and the colours are a harmonious range of steely blues, terracotta and mossy greens.
by Susan Barwood
OK, technically a bit off with the blur and I would have cropped out the bike wheel lower left. But very nice lines. The guy’s hand is perfectly horizontal and you can feel his balance, you’re really with him looking at this. The sheer slope behind contrasts with his stillness. As with Daniel’s above, I feel this brings life to the hard inanimate elements, especially how the metal matches the human skin tone.
The graphic lines tell this great story of the keystone cops moment that occurred just before the shot. The composition is simple but not boring and the path and flower bed look just like a race track. It would have been lovely if the figure was a little clearer to see – white trousers or something.
by Mathieu Jaïs
This was Mathieu’s B-side rather than the actual shot selected for the assignment. However I really love it for the extraordinary saturated emerald colour, turned up to the max with the bright grass and yellow dandelions. The gesture of the man makes me feel like he can hear the volume of that green. Joyful zest.
by Rense Haveman
Some problems here with the composition – very tight top and bottom, and ‘telecom’ on his head, but a very clear (graphic?) portrayal of the nightmare and dream that being a parent seems to be. All the closeness, affection, responsibility and stress in one picture. She’s a cute little monkey clinging on with a very indulged sulky look. I like that her toy looks like a banana and the father figure has this bag full of bananas that looks about to burst.
by Maxine Moss
The deep velvety blue of her jacket with the synthetic velvet on the seats attracted me. And the total exposure of the woman in sleep. The whole train is organised graphically so it makes great sense for the instruction.
To view all 351 submissions for that week, check out the Instruction #32 Group