June 14, 2021
IN CONVERSATION WITH STREETMAX 21
Photography by Streetmax 21
Interview by Melanie Meggs
As a street photographer, Streetmax 21 takes an observational view of how our present circumstances govern our behaviour individually and in crowds. In his photographs, the built environment, static and inanimate, is the stage upon which a walking choreography is played out. The humans, who bring the animate, are spatially arranged as though carefully directed. Streetmax 21 ponders the question, have they been conditioned already to act like automatons or self-absorbed passersby uncannily acting out parts in mental isolation? Adhering to the rules of candid street photography, he will often 'build' a shot by waiting for a satisfactory outcome in real time. This, according to other commentators, is perhaps why the images ring true as documentary. Often shot in a half light with a muted colour palette, there at first seems something sad about these corporate scenes but there is an intention to transcend the mundane by sometimes making comical comment on our increasingly designed environment.
"I photograph people because they’re more interesting than ideas, and I see figuration as a casing or a vehicular language capable of externalising concepts."