Street Photo of the week by Justin Sainsbury
Justin Sainsbury is a Street Photographer from Brighton, UK. He is interested in photographing split seconds of the English and their culture in a way that a story can be born. By taking a closer look at his work I think that he wants to make photos that, from what I understand, radiate the “Englishness” of his subjects through those split second stories. For more about what “Englishness” is, you should check out Martin Parr’s “Think of England” on YouTube.
Justin explains what he is interested in finding when shooting street in his own words on his website, where he says:
” I’m mainly interested in the English disposition and how this is played out in leisure time. Without the before and after, a picture (frozen in time) has the potential to change what really happened. To me, this triggers an emotional response that is all the stronger if it proves whimsical, irreverent or plain absurd ”
Justin uses colour, shadows, fast shutter speeds and clever compositions to make photos that have their own latent fictional stories, stories that derive from everyday situations.
Justin Sainsbury’s work has been published in magazines, featured on websites, and exhibited in festivals and galleries. He has been interviewed about his work and is well known amongst fellow Street Photographers.