Featured Street Photo by Lionel Buffe
This time around we are featuring a photograph by Lionel Buffe. Buffe hails from Valenciennes, which is a commune in the Nord department in northern France. He shoots using a smartphone because he finds it to be a convenient and discreet camera that is always on him. All post-processing gets done on the phone. So his gear and studio fit entirely inside his pocket.
By checking his body of work found online, I understand he is an enormous fan of the surreal and the mysterious. He enjoys playing with light, shadows and reflections in such a way that give his photos a unique feeling, a metaphoric stamp “by Buffe” one could say, a signature feel. This is the reason I chose one of his pictures for today’s feature.
A photo that looks as if it jumped straight out of a dream. A disturbing, surreal nightmare with an inexplicable meaning. Such mysterious drama, from the composition to the framing, to the colours and the lighting. Masterfully executed, this photograph by Lionel Buffe is a stark example of what surrealistic street photography should look like. Shot on his smartphone, Buffe proves that the eye of the photographer is most important and not the camera he uses. This is something that most of us don’t seem to understand and accept, feeling the constant need for extra equipment while under Gear Acquisition Syndrome. Let’s hope that during these bleak times, we “snap out of it” and appreciate what we have and focus on how to make the most of it. Thanks for the reminder, Lionel. Amazing work!
About this weekly feature,
As you know, every so often we present a photograph of a Street Photographer on our website. The Street Photographer that gets featured is selected by the Street Hunters team.