Authors Posts by Andrew Sweigart

Andrew Sweigart

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Andrew Sweigart has pursued creative endeavors as a writer and a musician, but street photography has captured his soul. He enjoys finding the beauty in the routines and mundane of everyday life. If you would like to see his work you can also visit his Street Hunters Profile. He is co-founder of Street Hunters.

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Zlatko Vickovic Eyes Without the Face
'Eyes Without the Face' by Zlatko Vickovic

Introduction

Month after month, we here at Street Hunters have been wonderfully overwhelmed with a flood of great submissions for our Monthly Theme Contests! The contests from the first quarter of 2017 have yielded four truly outstanding winning shots from Roy Rozanski, Kristof Vande Velde, Christoph Wuzella and Sreejith Kaviyil. Four months. Four winners. Four great shooters from four different places on the globe. So what would May bring? Would we be showered yet again with great work?

May begins a five-month stretch where the Monthly Theme Contests will be focused on colors. From May through September, each month’s theme will be one specific color. It may seem simple enough, but the challenge itself raises the bar. The photo really has to stand out within the constraints of the color theme. A photo with just that color element would not be enough.

May’s theme was the color green, and, appropriately enough, we were presented with a bumper crop of green goodness! There was a multitude of shots with clever use of the color, popping off the screen and grabbing our attention. But one shot was more than just a poppin’ o’ the green. More than clever. Ladies and gentlemen, Zlatko Vickovic won this month with an explosion of green!

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Citograph 35mm street photo lens cover

Introduction

C.P. Goerz, a new German startup, has a new lens that is aimed at street photographers — a 35mm fixed-focus f/8 lens that’s always in focus at 9 feet to infinity!

Taking its name from a famous early 20th Century German lens maker, C.P. Goerz launched a Kickstarter for the lens and has already smashed its goal of $30,000! Now Goerz is going for a stretch goal of $65,000 by July 27th, with a bonus printed Citography guide.

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Eastreet 4 press release
Photo by Ksenia Tsykunova

What is Eastreet

The fourth instalment of Eastreet, a project dedicated to street and documentary photography of Eastern Europe, is on the horizon and the Open Call for submissions has just launched!

Eastreet 4 is one of the biggest initiatives promoting street photography from Eastern Europe. The previous three editions have seen almost 20,000 photographs submitted from photographers all over the world! And in those three editions, more than 300 photos by authors from 22 countries were presented in form of exhibition and publication! Those numbers will all certainly rise with Eastreet 4 coming this fall in Lublin, Poland!

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Sreejith Kaviyil interview cover

Introduction

The winning shots for The Street Hunters Monthly Theme Contests have been outstanding! Each month, each theme, has brought us a slew of great submissions and choosing finalists has become a most  delightfully arduous task. Christoph Wuzella knocked us out in March with his Flash theme submission. Kristof Vande Velde took us into the Surreal with his otherworldly February submission. And Roy Rozanski crossed us up properly with his Zebra Crossings submission for January. So, what would April bring?

The theme for April was Juxtaposition, and again we were showered with some killer submissions! Juxtaposition, as defined by Merriam Webster, is “the act or an instance of placing two or more things side by side often to compare or contrast or to create an interesting effect.” The clever capture/use of juxtaposition can truly make a street photograph. That being said, there was cleverness abound within April’s submissions. However, there was one shot that brought it home with *multiple* juxtapositions! The one who prepared the buffet of juxtaposition? That would be Sreejith Kaviyil!

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PHoS Street Photo Seminar 2017 Athens

We here at Street Hunters are pleased to announce that we will be participating in PhoS in Athens, the first and only free street photography colloquium in Greece, made by you for you, talented street photographers!

Over the course of three days from 10th-12th November 2017, PhoS will feature workshops, talks, portfolio reviews, walks, contests, exhibitions and more, and all of these will be free of charge! The festival in Athens will feature the best from both Greek and international street photography, all over the course of one weekend. We here at Street Hunters are proud to be participating with the other event organizers: the online magazine iFocus, BULB photo collective and SCP (Street Core Photography) community.

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Alex Webb's 'La Calle'

Mexico. As a citizen of the United States, the country has become more than just our southern neighbor. It has become a hot-button issue. The country itself seems to be a point of contention. Immigration, “The Wall”, trade, crime, drugs. These topics all flashpoints for argument and also fuel that helped to put the Trump administration into the White House. Debates on issues involving Mexico are not likely to end soon, either. No matter how one stands on such issues, one thing is certain… most of the news reported to us here in the U.S. about Mexico is negative.

That being said, Mexico has been on my mind. I’ve never been there, but it has always fascinated me. I know depictions in movies and television are not the most accurate and news bits only give a taste, a sampling of more negativity. I wanted to see the beauty that I knew had to be there. I’ve seen fragments of it. And these fragments often fueled vivid, imagined scenes, often paired with the mandatory and ubiquitous classical guitar. I wanted to see photographs and I wanted a book of them. I wanted to be able to linger on the images and savor them. Fortunately, there were two fresh options from two photographers whose work I truly admire. There was Alex Webb’s ‘La Calle’ and ‘Mexico: Photographs’ by Mark Cohen. Due to budget constraints, I could choose only one. I ultimately chose Webb’s offering only because of the fact that I didn’t own anything by him. I knew he had worked in Mexico a good deal, and samples of his work from there were gorgeous. There likely wasn’t a bad decision to be made, but I must admit that I’m very pleased with my choice.

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Brussels Street Photography Festival Logo

Introduction

Just over the horizon, past the summer months, there’s a street photography event that’s not to be missed. Ladies and gentlemen, an Open Call is underway for the second edition of the Brussels Street Photography Festival (BSPF)!

The Brussels Street Photography Festival (BSPF) is a cultural project whose objective is to promote street photography as an urban research tool, a form of cultural communication and a visual art. Inspired by Brussels’ urban landscape, the main ambition is to provide an international platform that looks at Brussels through the fresh eyes of its citizens and engaged photographers. The festival will take place on October 6-8 across several locations in Brussels.