Interview with a Street Photographer – June 25, 2012
by Streets in Colo(u)r.
This week's interview is with Michael Pappas ph, from Piraeus, Greece.
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What do you like the most about street photography?
Ι like trying to find out the balance through the mess of the daily life.
What do you look for in your potential image?
I'm looking for something that could thrill and surprise me at the same time. I'm trying to combine shape and subject in order to get the ideal result.
Do you get the chance to build a rapport with the subjects?
I don't want to get involved with my subjects so that I won't ruin the fascination of the moment.
Have your photography subjects ever objected you from taking their photographs? If yes, how did you respond?
I haven't faced it so far. But if somebody asks me to delete a good photo, I would try to convince him otherwise. If he is still persistent about me deleting the image, I would give up trying in order to protect myself and my work.
Film or digital?
I prefer digital because it is more utilitarian.
What tools do you primarily use?
I work with a Sony A700. I also have an used Leica M8 and 5D Mark II and a 7D.
Wide or long lens?
I use a 35mm stable lens.
Black and white or color? And why?
I prefer colour. I am trying to create my own world, using real life's elements and colour is very part of the real life.
What is your preferred time to shoot?
I have no special preference. Life is so unpredictable and you have to be ready to take a good photo any time of the day.
Whose or what kind of work inspires you?
I am inspired Henri Cartier - Bresson, Garry Winogrand, Nikos Economopoulos, Diane Arbus, Harry Gruyaert and Costantinos Manos.
The website I usually visit is www.magnumphotos.com.
I would also like to thank my teachers from Leica Academy in Athens.
Show us some of your favorite images from your pool.
Michael Pappas ph's Links:
Flickr Profile: www.flickr.com/people/77296406@N08/
Originally posted at 2:15PM, 25 June 2012 PDT
Dan | FramesMedia edited this topic 34 months ago.