Nat Geo Assignment: Street Photography

Nat Geo Assignment: Street Photography - Kristian Bertel
Street barbershop, India, submitted to the assignment ‘Street Photography’ on National Geographic.

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Kristian Bertel has contributed to the National Geographic Your Shot photo community with an assignment called ‘Street Photography‘. The photo assignment curated by Benjamin Lowy, a photojournalist who in the assignment briefing is focusing on street photography as a harsh name for a beautiful pursuit. ‘To tame the chaos. To frame the cacophony of modern life. To capture what it means to be alive,’ Benjamin explains.

Street photography as a topic
Street photography is photography that features the human condition within public places and does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban environment. The subject of the photograph might be absent of people and can be an object or environment where the image projects a decidedly human character in facsimile or aesthetic. Street photography is more than a phrase, it is a way of seeing, a way of experiencing life. Benjamin Lowe also explains that he thinks that sports photography can be street photography on the field. Fashion photography can be street photography backstage. At its very essence street photography is capturing life without interrupting it.

About the photograph
Kristian Bertel participated with one of his photos from India, which depicts a street barbershop in Mumbai in the Maharashtra province of India. “- I find it very interesting to see these barbershops in the street. I remember I was visiting the Mahalaxmi area of Mumbai, India, when i saw this street barbershop. A barber was shaving a customer in his barbershop near the street of Anandilal P Marg. Grooming for men, including face shaving, are often done by a local barber. These street barber shops can be found many places in India”,
Kristian Bertel says.

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