Featured Street Photo by Simone Mantia
Simone Mantia is an Italian Street Photographer based in Livorno, Italy. I noticed Simone’s work when he started sharing it with us in the Streethunters.net Flickr Group. After seeing a couple of shots he submitted that attracted my attention, I gave his Flickr profile a visit to see what his work is all about. I was pleasantly surprised with the photos he has in his collection. So I chose one to share it with all of you tonight. I don’t have more information about Simone. I googled him, but only found submissions to contests and his Flickr and Facebook page (links below), so I can’t provide you with more insight on this talented street photographer.
For all of you that haven’t visited our group on Flickr, give it a look, I am sure you will get quite inspired by what you will see there.
Out of Simone’s photos, this is the one I like the most and that is why I chose it for today’s feature. The way he has captured the action in this photograph, in combination with the light and shadows that create the illusion of even more characters, draws my attention and makes me want to spend some time looking at it. At first glance, the viewer thinks there are 5 people in this shot, but after the image sinks in and it gets “digested”, one can see that it is indeed 3 characters and 2 shadows adding to the composition of this lively photo. Having various layers and a character at closer proximity to the photographer, adds the perception of depth to the shot, giving it another level of complexity that really makes it stand out in my opinion. The balance of the composition, evens out with the little “no parking” road sign and the top left balcony that “saves” the photo from “tumbling” towards the left hand side. A job well done by Simone!
About this weekly feature,
As you know, every so often we feature a photograph of a Street Photographer on our website. The Street Photographer that is featured is selected by the Street Hunters team.