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Philippe et Frédéric travaillent à la corde sur la centrale EDF de Vitry sur Seine.

Merci de lire les explications en début d'album / Please read the explanations at the beginning of the set

Part of Voltige (Recommended as a slideshow)

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  1. Al Betrayal [deleted] 87 months ago | reply

    The reading of the photo, light, composition..."spectaculaire", indeed,


  2. Scott Beveridge 87 months ago | reply

    I like this one even more

  3. !Jinju (3 weeks in Poland) 87 months ago | reply

    excellent stuff Hugo, your sream has changed a lot. More stories and reportage than street work. This is a cool series.

  4. Hughes Léglise-Bataille 86 months ago | reply

    Thanks Ralph ! Yes, not much street lately, I'm both becoming lazy for it (hours and hours for a couple of shots, not necessarily good), and a bit desillusioned. It feels like many street shots are the same "tricks" done over and over, with more or less inspiration, with a few "gems" in between. Maybe it's because street photography depend so much on a situation, on what's happening (even for the greatest photographer). So the rest of the time, you have to "create" the tension using some more reliable and predictable elements (such as lighting and/or shadows at a given time, or a combination of shapes and/or colors at a given spot, or a reflection in a window) and/or some "creativivity" (radical tilt, shooting from above or from the ground, use slow shutter, over or under-expose wildly, use a plastic camera, etc. !!!).

    The other thing that bugs me is the vacuity of most street photography, esp. the "decisive moment" type. While I do love the marvelous, surreal or magical moments they capture, I can't help thinking that it doesn't go beyond that. There's no learning or discovering anything out of it. It can be fun, witty, cool, shocking, or just "beauiful", but in all cases, it's very superficial. To some extent, I see them as visual jokes: a good joke is usually short, there's a tension between different elements which combine in an odd, twisted way, there's something unexpected, the characters are often strange, the story is usually built cleverly to disguise and introduce at the same time the punch line, etc. In many ways, a "decisive moment" type of street photo works like that (putting aside the sheer aesthetical qualities of the image).

    Then there's another type of street, which tends to be more about the documentary angle. But the truth is (beyond getting bored by stories about homeless, street kids doing drugs or gang members showing their guns!), I find most of these shots uninteresting, because they seem to stand in between: not exactly street, but not exactly photojournalism either. Some people say that it documents the life of the street, nothing spectacular, just the day to day life of normal people doing normal things. Well, fine, but I see 2 problems here: 1/ a bunch of stills from a surveillance camera would document the same reality, and 2/ the story is too often incomplete, just a series of photos with no text and no story-line. So basically, it's just a recording (maybe visually excellent), but it explains nothing. You could compare it to a few shots of a play: however good they may be, they won't reflect much about the "reality" of the play (the script, the characters, the story, etc.).

    I think this is what's drawing more and more into "reportage" and away from street (though I still enjoy it): the desire to understand, to discover, to tell a story, and USING the photos to share it. I've never really met anyone when I was doing street photography, never learnt anything: compared to the diversity of people and situations I've encountered in reportages, there's just no comparison. Photojournalism has the potential to change people (and it will at the very least change you !), not street photography. Which doesn't mean it cannot be damn cool :-)

  5. Orhan Tsolak 86 months ago | reply

    Hey Hugo, I enjoyed reading your views on street photography and photojournalism there. Well, it was the best read I had for a long while about photography in general, let alone just street and photojournalism.

    I couldn't agree more with you about photojournalism. That is very much my experience as well (although in much limited scale than yours). I would take pictures in a demonstration for example, and I would return home thinking that I have at least three picture worth showing to people here on flickr. With street, hours of wondering in the streets, leads more often to nothing but frustration, and I rarely ever return home with a very good street photo worth showing here. On the other hand though I always thought street has much more longevity than a reportage photo, but after seen your latest reportage photos, I think I've started changing my views on that :)

  6. !Jinju (3 weeks in Poland) 86 months ago | reply

    Hugo, I do agree with you. I have also started to pull back from street, much for the same reasons as you. There is certainly a vacuiity to the "decisive moment" that does tend to drag street down in my eyes. And I personally dont see HCB as the so called master of photography because of that. Ive felt now for a while that his body of work as far as the decisive moment is not much more than a series of visula puns, overly rigid framing and little substance. His PJ stuff from India for example is quite good but I wouldnt but HCB up there at the top in terms of reportage. Its always been a curiosity to me why HCB has been chosen as the so called greatest genius when there are many photographrs who have a better and deeper body of work. Just staying with street for example I dont think HCB ever produced a body of work as good as William Klein's New York or Robert Frank's The Americans.

  7. davidrombaut 86 months ago | reply

    Superbe photo !

  8. Nitram De Lyon 86 months ago | reply

    Olala, qu'est ce que c'est beau !

  9. Joseph Melin 86 months ago | reply

    Superbe reportage, idée géniale, photos fortes.

  10. ~Joe~ 86 months ago | reply

    whow....a few comments up there could start a new image-capture-religion...well....this image has been captured as have the words...thanks :-)

  11. chad™ [deleted] 86 months ago | reply

    your view on street photography is dead on. After reading it, a little light bulb flicked on and I realized what it is that I love about street photography so much, yet how hard it is.

    I've always wanted to make the jump into journalistic photography, but with two young kids, a full time job, and a wife working opposite hours as me, its not a reality, so I hope you don't mind me living vicariously through you and J&G for the time being until I can.

    Seen in a discussion of Hardcore Street Photography. (?)

  12. A n g e l o V 84 months ago | reply

    Great capture Hugo!!!

  13. Laurent Filoche 84 months ago | reply

    Je viens de tomber par hasard sur ta longue réponse à propos de la photo de rue et c'est tout à fait ce que je ressens en ce moment, une sorte de vacuité et de manque de sens.

    C'est hélas vrai pour beaucoup d'activités, tant qu'on découvre et qu'on expérimente, c'est excitant. Ensuite ce sont les mêmes schémas qui reviennent.

    Dans cette situation, soit on arrête totalement, soit on continue en faisant toujours la même chose (j'en connais qui en sont capables), soit on évolue. Pour avoir suivi un peu ce que tu fais depuis tes débuts, la direction que tu as choisie de prendre semble la plus logique et la plus honorable.

    Pour ma part j'aime beaucoup la photo de rue et il me reste encore quelques facettes à explorer mais c'est vrai que ces derniers temps ça tourne un peu en rond. J'espère trouver encore matière à jouer sinon ça s'arrêtera car ça ne m'excite jamais de reproduire les mêmes schémas.

  14. margabr 82 months ago | reply


  15. ruvido (on X100 now) 82 months ago | reply

    incredible perspective

  16. photographies-de-danse 82 months ago | reply

    Pour réagir à vos réflexions sur la lassitude que l'on peut ressentir à toujours travailler sur le même type de sujet je me permets de vous faire part de mes états d'ame sur la question après 17 années consacrées à photographier la danse contemporaine.
    Quand je prends mon sac (et mon pied) pour partir en reportage je sais qu'il y a de grandes chances pour que je vive des moments très forts et le fait de pouvoir les fixer par la photo me donne l'impression d'être moi-même acteur de la scène.
    Ensuite il y a toujours cette quête de "la photo" comme le surfeur (de Nice) espère "la vague" qui fait que je me dis à chaque fois que la pêche miraculeuse est peut-être pour aujourd'hui .

    Excusez mon enthousiasme mais les photos que l'on peut voir sur Flickr et en particulier celles d'Hugo sur les manifs sont géniales et valent plus que largement ce que les iconographes nous trouvent dans les agences nationales pour illustrer les articles de nos journaux.
    Je regarde ces images comme je lis un édito, ça me raconte la situation de notre pays et même si je peux y déceler parfois un certain parti pris de l'auteur je me dis qu'il ne peut pas faire de telles images sans une grande humanité.

  17. Osbornb 81 months ago | reply

    Great photo and set. I enjoyed reading the discussion about street photography.

    @photosdedansedotcom: très touchant commentaire :)

  18. Katsudon in Shanghai 81 months ago | reply

    1/ Cette image m'a stoppe! Tres seduisante visuellement, et interessante dans l'ensemble du sujet.
    2/ thanks guys for your discussion about street photography! Very refreshing and interesting for a little guy like me who admire your works and wonder to know how you live your street photo activity! ;-) Classe!
    And I totally agree with what you said about the duality showing a good picture / telling something. What about working "in depth" on a reportage subject on middle or long term?

  19. matma92ser 77 months ago | reply

    Great composition and timing.

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