All The World's a Stage

Fabio Secchia

All the world's a stage, is an excerpt from Shakespeare's play, “As You Like It”. These are the words that precisely define Secchia’s work. Not unlike Shakespeare's, the acts of Fabio's plays are filled with whimsy, with illusion, with serendipitous moments... with delightful unscripted slices of life. Insatiable curiosity create his allegories. Masterful use of shadow and light invent each stage. Welcome then... to the mystery, the duality, and the ambiguity that are Fabio’s Milan.

My work focuses on street photography. The streets are those of Milan, the city where I was born, I live and where I work. I started with photography a few years ago. I’ve had no formal training but I always nurtured a passion for art history and visual arts in general. Not being able to devote all the necessary time to this passion, it was almost mandatory to start shooting during my walks in the street. I am affected by a bit of insatiable curiosity. I love capturing odd, serendipitous, truly un-staged slices of life. I am just an observer poking around at stuff. Being partially color blind, I have fallen in love with black and white photography." Fabio Secchia

WSP: Describe your photographic style. How did you develop your style?
FS: A bit of healthy curiosity for everything that surrounds me and the will to view my city from a personal perspective did the rest. Concerning my style, I tend to have an observer’s vision that leads to a photographic view "from the outside" without the need to be "inside" the scene. Ultimately, through my photography, I would like to represent, in a non-obvious way, small fragments of ordinary daily life.

WSP: Which photographers have influenced your photography?
FS: The list would be endless. But I like to mention at least three great photographers that I have had the pleasure to meet in person: Silvia Camporesi, Jessica Backhaus, Joel Meyerowitz.

WSP: Do you think a photographer must have ‘natural talent’ to become a great photographer?
FS: I don't know. But I know that all the great photographers that I've got to know have complex personalities, great cultural preparation and interdisciplinary interests.

WSP: How important is content versus form in street photography? Do you think for you one plays a stronger role than the other?
FS: All the projects of the great street photographers have the characteristic of containing parts perfectly balanced between form and content. I believe achieving this is extremely difficult.

WSP: You shoot almost exclusively in mono. However, recently, you’ve added color. Talk about your preference for mono street photography and the recent change?
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The Street is My Playgound

Darko Eterovic

Darko Eterovic states, “In street photography you have less than one second to see the story, set then camera, and press the shutter. That’s why I love street photography. It is pure adrenaline”. With that thought as his prod, Darko slides silently through the streets of Ljubljana recording the moments that feed his addiction. Eterovic artfully traps his subjects within the urban geometry that make up their game of life. His images are savvy, they are inventive, and they are bold.

I was born in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. I began my photographic journey in 1995 with film SLR, but photography become my real passion in January 2007, when I bought my first DSLR. Mostly I am interested in street photography, but because I always running out of time, I photograph almost everything… except weddings." Darko Eterovic

WSP: Describe your photographic style. How did you develop your style?
DE: I hope I have a different style from other photographers. It is good to be different and have your own recognizable style. I can see my photo and also a title in my head before I press the shutter, but in photography you should be developing your skills all the time. I still miss many shots because of my indecision.

WSP: What does ‘street photography’ mean to you?
DE: The street is my playground. Someone likes to play football, someone likes to go to opera, and I like to shoot street photos. It’s just that simple.

WSP: What is the most challenging part about being a street photographer?
DE: Being able to catch the unforgettable moment. If you miss that moment you miss the possibility of making an extraordinary photo.

WSP: What do you want your viewers to take away from your work?
DE: A successful street capture for me is one that gives the viewer the same feeling that I experienced when I looked through the viewfinder. The viewer should smell the street.

WSP: Who inspires you other than photographers?
DE: Music is always a good inspiration for me. Jazz and reggae are my favorites.

WSP: Have you ever had formal training?
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Panasonic UK, AP Magazine, London Street Collective

Gagan Sadana

London Street photographer, Gagan Sadana, states, “One cannot be trained to be a street photographer. You surely need to have an eye for detail and finding something worth telling through a picture, even in the mundane day-to-day things.” Sadana lives his words. His street images are real, they are compelling… they are mirrors reflecting life in the streets of London. Gagan’s natural feel for great frames is surpassed only by his brilliant use of strong contrast. Mono has never looked better.

I am an IT consultant based in the UK. I started my photography journey 3 years ago after I picked up my first DSLR camera. I ventured into street photography inspired by Thomas Leuthard's work and since then have been passionately pursuing this genre. I am a member of the Street Photography London Collective, which is comprised of some of London's best contemporary street photographers as well as up-and-coming ones. Gagan Sadana

WSP: Describe your photographic style. How did you develop your style?
GS: My photographs usually have a single subject and strong contrast. My first year of street photography was spent learning what I really liked to shoot. With so many styles of street photography, trying on each different style was a learning process. At that time I was also developing my own style and trying to understanding how I could best show my way of viewing things. After a year of shooting and experimenting, I decided on predominantly black & white.

WSP: What is the most challenging part about being a photographer?
GS: For me it is keeping a fine balance between shooting a candid picture of someone, while not making the person uncomfortable with my camera. At the end of the day, I do street photography because I love it, but it should not be at the cost of annoying anyone.

WSP: Have you ever had formal training?
GS: I haven't had any formal training in photography but I think if one is starting new, attending a workshop definitely helps. I had an opportunity given by Amateur Photography magazine around two years ago, to attend a street photography workshop with Damien Demolder. That workshop was very helpful in laying a strong foundation. I was fortunate enough to win a street photography competition sponsored by Panasonic UK, which led to another workshop with Damien. But apart from those two workshops, like many street photographers, I am learning from my own experiences while on the street.

WSP: Is there any particular genre/style of photography you would like to learn about and try?
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Dreaming, Relearning, Tasting Life

Alphan Yilmazmaden

Living in a very dynamic, crowded, and historic city, Alphan Yilmazmaden is clearly a student of the people of Istanbul. He observes their familiarity, their idiosyncrasies, what one may hide, what another does not. Whether his frames are filled with social statements or warmth or mischief or love, one thing is certain… Yilmazmaden is an apt pupil.

I would call myself an amateur photographer. I prefer using small cameras, mostly ready to shoot (pre-focused and exposure adjusted) in a wide angle 24-28mm full frame equivalent, so I can use my time to observe and decide. I find that living in Istanbul, a very dynamic, crowded, and historic city, gives me unlimited opportunities in terms of photography. I try to reflect interactions between humans and their social environment, while blending in and observing the micro stories taking place. I believe street photography is about covering the details that are generally skipped. It isn’t about missing of catching something, but about really tasting life and relearning what it is. Alphan Yilmazmaden

WSP: What does ‘street photography’ mean to you?
AY: Street photography is a way to learn that human beings do not differ too much from each other.

WSP: When you are out shooting—how much of it is instinctual versus planned?
AY: I prefer to use the word “dreamed” instead of “planned”. This happens when a suitable light or background is detected while dreaming of something worthy to shoot under these conditions. I would say 40% dreamed, 60% instinctual.

WSP: Have you ever had formal training?
AY: No, but I have participated in some workshops and seminars.

WSP: Is there any particular genre/style of photography you would like to learn about and try?
AY: No. I’d like to improve what I am trying to do now, Street Photography.

WSP: How has photography changed you as a person?
AY: I think I’ve learned what patience is.

WSP: What are your photography weaknesses?
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Dreams, Opportunity, Changing the World

Sandip Bose

Sandip Bose calls Kolkata, India home. Sandip views photography as his hobby. Though he loves all genres, street photography is his passion. Since the journey's beginning, street photography has helped Bose see the streets and the people around him in a new light.

About 2 years ago, I had the opportunity to use a Sony point and shoot on a holiday trip with my friends. I started seeing frames in almost everything I saw around me. I just had to get a camera for myself and I ended up borrowing money from my boss and bought the Sony DSC HX 200V. The next year was spent learning how to use the full potential of a camera. Different blogs, websites and social media sites helped me in my journey. I spent most of my time looking at photographs of different artists and tried to understand them. But my photography was limited to my travel opportunities. Having a corporate job made it difficult to find time for photography. It was then that I came across the term street photography, and that changed the world around me. I realized that there were photographic opportunities everywhere around me and street was very challenging. Since then my camera became my weekend buddy and this friendship will go a long way. Sandip Bose

WSP: Describe your photographic style. How did you develop your style?
SB: As of now, I do not follow a particular style as I believe in capturing moments. Those moments can happen anywhere and anytime and irrespective of any style. My idea is to capture those moments in their true sense.

WSP: Have you ever had formal training?
SB: Not yet, but I would love to hone my skills further if I have the opportunity to do so. As of now, I rely on different blogs and websites for my learning. The biggest part of my learning has come from going through and understanding photographs taken by other photographers and reading through the different interpretations of those photographs.

WSP: Is there any particular genre/style of photography you would like to learn about and try?
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