The life of street-photographer is an interesting one. Where the day to day menial realities can often get in the way of many peoples' creative imaginations the street-photographer is able to surpass and overcome this sense of routine. He or she constantly seeks to find an obscure brilliance in the simplicity of their surroundings, quickly pouncing on a moment that could be missed by the untrained eye.
To have the ability to look through a standard object or a commonly passed place and apply a subjective quality is quite remarkable. Shane Vincent, 19-years-old from London, is a budding photographer of this nature. Capturing the spontaneity that evolves around him is Shane's reasoning for becoming involved in photography. We talk to the young 'snapper' to find out how he goes about his work and what he wants to do with it in the future.
Dazed Digital: As a street photographer describe what you look for and how do you go about your duty?
Shane Vincent: What I love about street photography is its spontaneity, so I'm not usually out hunting for an image, it's more something I notice naturally when out exploring. I tend to look for interesting forms and colours that people may see every day of their lives but don't stop to notice. The colours may come from natural light that only exists for a very small portion of the day, or contrasting colours that are man made. A lot of this tends to be fairly gritty to an extent, I can't really explain why this side of photography attracts me, I guess it's just the style that naturally developed.
DD: Using both 35mm and digital how do they differ for certain aspects of your work and what are your preferences?
Shane Vincent: I started off using 35mm, I haven't ever studied photography in school and thought it would be the best way to start, from the beginning. As I began to get the hang of using the camera, I loved the effect and style that 35mm, the grain and quality of colour was something I struggled to produce on digital. For a long time I preferred everything about 35mm, until it got too expensive to keep up and decided to give digital a try.
As I discovered how to use digital I began to really like it, the quality of the images seemed very different from 35mm, more crisp, more contrast, yet equally strong. Right now I can't say which I prefer, my 35mm photos seem to have more interesting colour and a more raw quality, however, digital seems to be more striking and contemporary.
DD: Where is your favourite place to capture a genuine moment that doesn't hide its real qualities?
Shane Vincent: Tough question. I guess that to me is what street photography is about, capturing genuine moments, as some photo shoots that involve too much preparation kill the rawness or the character of the image.
DD: What are you currently working on?
Shane Vincent: I'm working on a challenge set by a certain photographer who's work i admire. The challenge was to find a subject that moves me and shoot a set of at least 20 photos on it. I just returned from a few weeks away and intend to get right on it. Finding the subject is harder then I first predicted though. Besides this I'm working on learning more about my camera in the hope to produce better images.
DD: How do you plan on developing your photography and where would you like it to take you?
Shane Vincent: At the moment my photography collection seems to be full of random images, I intend on developing my style so that the images flow more as a story. I'd like my photography to take me as far as it can, It's something thats quickly changed from an interest, to a hobby, to more than a hobby in a short space of time, I hope the momentum continues and to hopefully be noticed by some of the photographers I admire.