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  • THE PICTORIAL LIST | 2024 PHOTOGRAPHERS

    SPOTLIGHT MIA DEPAOLA Washington D.C, UNITED STATES see portfolio 2024 PHOTOGRAPHERS // AMY HOROWITZ New York UNITED STATES ANA-MARIA ALB Bukovina ROMANIA ANN PETRUCKEVITCH UNITED KINGDOM CATIA MONTAGNA SCOTLAND/ITALY DEDIPYA BASAK Kolkata INDIA FRANCE LECLERC Chicago UNITED STATES MARIETTE PATHY ALLEN New York UNITED STATES MATTHIAS GÖDDE Beckum GERMANY MIA DEPAOLA Washington D.C UNITED STATES NAZANIN DAVARI Tehran IRAN PEDRO VIDAL Barcelona SPAIN RAFA ROJAS São Paulo BRAZIL ROMAIN COUDRIER Marseille FRANCE ROWELL B. TIMOTEO La Union PHILIPPINES SASHA IVANOV St. Petersburg RUSSIA SEAN PARIS Healesville AUSTRALIA TARA SELLIOS Boston UNITED STATES VALERIA CUNHA London UNITED KINGDOM

  • THE PICTORIAL-LIST | index

    A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A Anchor A AARON RUBINO ABBIE BRIGGS ABHAY PATEL ABHISHEK SINGH ADAM SINCLAIR ADESH GAUR ADRIAN PELEGRIN ADRIAN TAN ADRIAN WHEAR AGATA LO MONACO AHMET HOJAMYRADOV AJ BERNSTEIN ALAN THEXTON ALESSANDRO GIUGNI ALEX FRAYNE ALEX GOTTFRIED BONDER ALEX RUTHERFORD ALEXANDRA AVLONITIS ALEXEY STRECHEN ALICIA HABER AMY HOROWITZ AMY NEWTON McCONNEL ANA-MARIA ALB ANASTASIYA PENTYUKHINA ANDRE LOBAO B Anchor B B JANE LEVINE BARBARA PEACOCK BARRY BOTTOMLEY BASTIAN PETER BELINDA CORNEY BEN ALLAN BENNY VAN DEN BULKE BETTY MANOUSOS BILL LACEY BOGDAN OITA BRANDEN MAY BRIAN DOUGLAS C Anchor C CAHLEEN HUDSON CALLIE EH CAMILLE WHEELER CARL LINDHE CARLA HENOUD CAROL DRONSFIELD CASPER DAM CATHERINE NAYLOR LEYLAND CATIA MONTAGNA CHEN XIANGYI CHETAN VERMA CHICHEK BAYRAMLY CHRIS SUSPECT CHRISTINA SIMONS CINDY WANG CLAUDIA ORSETTI D Anchor D DAMIEN GORET DANIEL GOLDENBERG DANIELA PEREIRA DANIELLE L GOLDSTEIN DANNY JACKSON DARREN SACKS DAVID GILBERT WRIGHT DAVID KUGELMAS DAVID LAWLESS DAVID QUEVILLART DAVID SHORTLAND DEAN GOLDBERG DEDIPYA BASAK DOUG WINTER DREW KELLEY E Anchor E EDUARDO ORTIZ ELIZABETH PAOLETTI ELLE CLARKE EMIR SEVIM EMY MAIKE ENZO CRISPINO ERIC RENARD F Anchor F FABIO BARZAGHI FABIO CATANZARO FAHIM FANNY GENOUX FEDERICO QUINTANA FELICIA OLIVARES FIDAN NAZIMQIZI FRANCE LECLERC FRANCESCA TIBONI FRANCESCO MERCADANTE FRANCOISE LERUSSE FRANK MATAGRANO G Anchor G GABI BEN AVRAHAM GABRIEL SOLLBERGER GABRIELE GENTILE GABRIELE MIELES GUZMAN GARETH WATKINS GEORG REITER GIANLUCA MORTAROTTI GILES ISBELL GINO RICARDO GIORGIO GERARDI GREGORIO PAONE GRZEGORZ ZUBOWSKI H Anchor H HAKIM BOULOUIZ HERSLEY-VEN CASERO HUGH RAWSON I Anchor I IBI GOWON IDA DI PASQUALE INGRID CLAUWAERT IVAN DOMARATSKIY IXI NIJHAWAN J Anchor J JAKE DYLAN JAMES AYRES JAN ENKELMANN JAN GESSLER JAN PONNET JANO SANDOVAL JASON PHANG JASON SHIPLEY JASPER TEJANO JAYESH KUMAR SHARMA JEAN ROSS JEFF ROTHSTEIN JELISA PETERSON JENNIE BLYTHE JENS F. KRUSE JIMMY MCBROOM JO KALINOWSKI JOCELYN CALAC JOHN GELLINGS JOHN LILLIE JOHN MACKENZIE JOHN ST. JONAS WELTEN JOSE MANUEL CASTAÑEDA CASTILLO JOSE MARCO LULL K Anchor K KAREN GHOSTLAW KAREN MIKI ROHEE KARIN SVADLENAK KENNETH NEDERSKOV PETERSEN KEVIN ICABALES KEVIN TO KONRAD HELLFEUER L Anchor L LAINE MULLALLY LANA EILEEN LASSE PERSSON LAURA BINAGHI LEANNE STAPLES LEIGH ANN EDMONDS LELE BISSOLI LEONARDO CASSI LEROY FONG LI MULLEN LORENZO VITALI LUCA STRIPPOLI LUCAS JOHN M Anchor M MAARTEN ROTS MAARTEN VROMANS MAGDÉLEINE FERRU MARA MARC PENNARTZ MARCI LINDSAY MARCO RICCARDO FLORES MARIA RICOSSA MARIETTE PATHY ALLEN MARILENA FILAITI MARIËTTE AERNOUDTS MARK DAVIDSON MARK ZILBERMAN MARTIN AGIUS MARY CRNKOVIC PILAS MATTHIAS GÖDDE MATTIA BULLO MAURIZIO PICHI MAXIMILIAN HAIDACHER MELANIE MEGGS MELITA VANGELATOU MENA SAMBIASI MERYL MEISLER MG VANDER ELST MIA DEPAOLA N Anchor N NAHID SULTANA NAIMA HALL NASTPLAS NAZANIN DAVARI NEGO JÚNIOR NEIL JOHANSSON NEIL KRAMER NESLIHAN USLU NEVILLE NEWMAN NICOLE TSATSOU NOISY KID NSIRIES O Anchor O OLEG KOLIMBET OLIVIER FARDEL ORNELLA LATROFA OVIDIU SELARU P Anchor P PAN PAOLA FERRAROTTI PAOLO RICCA PAUL KESSEL PAVIEŁ HANČAR PEDRO VIDAL PEPIJN THIJSSE PETER BARTLETT PETER CHELSOM PHILIP BUTLER POOJA YADAV PRADIP MAZUMDER PRITHI DEY Q Anchor Q R Anchor R RADOVAN BARAN RAFA ROJAS RAJ LAXMI SINGH RICHARD KOENIG RITIK AGRAWAL ROBERT BONK ROBERT SHERMAN ROMAIN COUDRIER ROSAMARIA FILOGRASSO ROSS TAYLOR ROUVEN KURZ ROWELL B. TIMOTEO RPNUNYEZ RUBER OSORIA RUSSELL COBB RYAN DODD S Anchor S SAMANTHA BROWN SAMUEL IOANNIDIS SANDEEP KUMAR SANDRA FINE SARAH LUHSE SASHA IVANOV SEAN PARIS SEIGAR SHARON EILON SHAWN BYRON DANKER SHIRA GOLD SIMO VÄISÄNEN SIMONE BATINI SOFIA DALAMAGKA SOFIA SITNIKIENE SONIA GOYDENKO SOPHIE LINCKERSDORFF STEFAN HELLWEGER STEPHEN ALLSOPP STEPHEN LASZLO STEPHEN SIMMONDS STEVE BEST STREETMAX 21 SUSAN BOWEN SUZANNE PHOENIX T Anchor T TARA SELLIOS THE BLUE HOUR PHOTO COLLABORATIVE THOMAS HACKENBERG TIM HUYNH TOMAS CIHAK TOMMASO CARRARA TONY REDDROP TONY REMARTINEZ TRIS U Anchor U ULKA CHAUHAN UMA MUTHURAAMAN V Anchor V VAJRADHAR ACHARYA VALERIA CUNHA VANESSA CASS VANESSA WALL VICKI WINDMAN VICKY MARKOLEFA VICTORIA GONZALEZ GARCIA VIN SHARMA VINH TRAN VOICES OF THE NILE W Anchor W WOJCIECH KARLINSKI X Anchor X Y Anchor Y YOEL GRACIA YPATIA KORNAROU YVES VAN TENTE Z Anchor Z ZEESHAN KHAN

  • THE PICTORIAL-LIST | photographers

    SPOTLIGHT MIA DEPAOLA Washington D.C, UNITED STATES see portfolio 2024 PHOTOGRAPHERS 2023 PHOTOGRAPHERS 2022 PHOTOGRAPHERS 2021 PHOTOGRAPHERS 2020 PHOTOGRAPHERS THE LIST SEARCH PHOTOGRAPHERS

  • THE PICTORIAL LIST | Building a community of photography

    © Copyright TRUE LIFE IMPRESSIONS PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATTHIAS GÖDDE INTERVIEW BY MELANIE MEGGS Matthias Godde's meticulously curates photographs that blend observation with introspection, resonating with profound emotional depth and infused with wit, irony, and occasional absurdity. READ INTERVIEW PICTORIAL STORY MOMMIE Arlene Gottfried’s poignant exploration of motherhood in “Mommie” is a profound tribute to the enduring bonds of family and the universal experiences of love, loss, and resilience. INTERVIEW URBAN ECHOES Through his project “Echo,” Rowell B. Timoteo extends an invitation to explore the vibrant streets of San Fernando, where his lens captures the nuanced interplay of light, shadow, and human emotion. PICTORIAL STORY BIFRÖST Romain Coudrier masterfully captures Norway's timeless beauty, blending myth with modernity through black and white photography. A stunning exploration. INTERVIEW COLORS OF A GREY CITY In Rafa Rojas' photography project, we witness the convergence of passion and purpose, a visual ode to the city of São Paulo he calls home. INTERVIEW PRIMAL INSTINCT Tara Sellios invites us to explore the interplay of life and death, of decay and beauty, and to find within that juxtaposition a reflection of our own existential journey. INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES The Pictorial List partners with International Photography Awards, enhancing resources for photographers worldwide. We interview IPA founder Hossein Farmani, a visionary in photography. PICTORIAL STORY MUD Dedipya Basak's documentary project explores an 800-year-old lake's struggle against global warming, highlighting its relevance and urgency in modern times. PICTORIAL STORY A WORLD WITHIN REACH In his Cuba project, Pedro Vidal celebrates human resilience and warmth through captivating imagery, revealing photography's profound ability to encapsulate emotions and memories. PICTORIAL STORY UNVEILING VULNERABILITY In a world where masculinity is often synonymous with stoicism and strength, Francesca Tiboni challenges us to reevaluate our perceptions of masculinity, and to embrace the complexity of the male emotional experience. INTERVIEW MINIMALIST REVERIE Nazanin Davari's minimalist style invites you to an imaginative world where silence and freedom converge, painting unseen beauty with her lens. PICTORIAL STORY TRANSCENDENTS Mariette Pathy Allen's visual narrative honors authenticity, showcasing Spirit Mediums' mystical presence in possession and daily life, underscoring their importance in Animism-rich cultures PICTORIAL STORY COALESCENCE Visual diptychs delicately portray the intimate mother-daughter dialogue, transcending personal narratives to explore universal themes of transition and acceptance. INTERVIEW THE AUTHENTIC GAZE: THE DON'T SMILE PROJECT Delve into the visual anthology of urban youth, a collection of moments where the mundane transcends into the profound, sparked by the click of Amy Horowitz's camera. PICTORIAL STORY IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ANSEL ADAMS In following the footsteps of the masterful Ansel Adams, Karin Svadlenak Gomez not only paid homage to his timeless work but also embarked on a transformative journey. PICTORIAL STORY PARALLEL REALITIES Catia Montagna's lens reveals how socioeconomic factors and social norms influence daily life, capturing the poetic essence of mundane moments. PICTORIAL STORY A TALE OF NATURE AND HERITAGE With her words and photographs, Ana-Maria Alb invites readers to join her on a journey through the breathtaking Carpathians. PICTORIAL STORY ON THE TRAIL OF LOVE LOST We are given a glimpse into a beautiful love story and the unbreakable strength and resilience of the human spirit. Join us as we explore Sasha Ivanov’s heartfelt tribute to Lydia and Nikolai. INTERVIEW BLACK AND WHITE WITH A THREAD OF RED Valeria Cunha is fascinated by the street, using it as inspiration to find structure amidst the confusion. Her photography creates intriguing connections and relationships through dynamic compositions that convey emotion. PICTORIAL STORY THE FRANKINCENSE BOY France Leclerc’s documentary exploration embraces the community finding captivating stories for her visual translations. Her story takes us to the village of Poshina, where we meet Sahib. NATURE KNOWS BEST PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANN PETRUCKEVITCH INTERVIEW BY MELANIE MEGGS As we immerse ourselves in Ann Petruckevitch's captivating imagery, we are reminded of the profound interconnectedness of all living things and the beauty of embracing the eternal pulse of nature. READ INTERVIEW SELECTED STORIES FINDING HOPE AT THE UKRAINIAN BORDER When the war broke out in Ukraine, Sonia Goydenko volunteered her services. She describes her personal journey. RUNNING TO NOWHERE Documentary photographer Christina Simons travelled to Central America embarking on a visual journey to pursue, share and expose the...Why? END OF AN ERA Mish Aminoff opens her aperture, revealing her impressions on the days following the Queen’s death leading to the funeral procession. SOMETHING ABOUT THE FUTURE Francesca Tiboni investigates through a series of collaborative portraits with her daughter Cecilia her transition into adulthood. WONDERLAND Visual artist Karen Ghostlaw Pomarico invites us to step through her looking glass with her, and experience Wonderland for themselves. ZAINAB THE SUPER FARMER Anwar Sadat tells the story of super farmer Zainab who improved her standard of living through education programmes. MODERN NOMADS Callie Eh takes us to the steppes of Mongolia to document a family of nomadic herders. THE INVISIBLE WORKERS Adrian Whear traveled to Bangladesh where he was introduced to the people that churn out bricks by hard manual labour. ROCKETGIRL CHRONICLES These chronicles are a tribute to a family's strength and inspiration on how to find the possible in the seemingly impossible. AMY'S ASHES Photojournalist Camille J. Wheeler shares her impactful story about Scotty and his mother Amy. EXPLORE STORIES KOALA COUNTRY PHOTOGRAPHY BY SEAN PARIS STORY BY KAREN GHOSTLAW POMARICO Sean Paris invites viewers on a transformative journey, challenging our perceptions and fostering a new appreciation for rural Australia through mesmerizing infrared photography. READ STORY SELECTED INTERVIEWS REPRESENTING THE PEOPLE Camille J. Wheeler documents Austin's streets, with a particular focus on its homeless community. COMEDIANS Steve Best documents the British comedy scene, backstage and on stage, the highs and lows, and the joy of being a comedian. QUARANTINE IN QUEENS Neil Kramer's humorous and compassionate lockdown diary has gone viral. ENROUTE TO THE PINES Robert Sherman shares his documentary series about drag queens celebrating the 'Invasion of the Pines'. SERVICE INTERRUPTION Wojciech Karlinski documented Poland train stations during the pandemic, highlighting their formal and aesthetic side. VOICES OF THE NILE Voices of the Nile by Bastien Massa and Arthur Larie is a project documenting the relationship of Ethiopians with the Blue Nile. BREAKS FROM REALITY The magic only dreams are made of become reality for viewers as they engage in the poetic imagery of Mariëtte Aernoudts. BEYOND THE STORY Through her documentary photography, Christina Simons is compelled to tell the stories of those who are unable to do so themselves. EXPLORE INTERVIEWS © Juan Sostre join the Pictorial Community >>> Media Partners BUILDING A COMMUNITY OF PHOTOGRAPHY If you are a photographer with a photo story to share then we would love to see it! We want to help support you and the work you create. Share your photography projects with us. submit © Bill Lacey

  • MIA DEPAOLA

    MIA DEPAOLA ARTIST'S STATEMENT // Photography and art have always been intertwined with my life, a narrative unfolding long before I even held a camera. Born in Portugal, raised and educated in Belgium, with English as my third language, my journey has been one of diverse cultures and languages. Traveling extensively, I've found inspiration in the world's myriad faces. My father, a hobbyist photographer, instilled in me the basics long before the digital age. Initially, I captured travel and family moments, but gradually, photography transformed into an art form, an expression of my innermost self. With the onset of the pandemic and the world locking down, I turned my lens inward, embarking on a self-portrait journey. Avoiding mere poses, I sought to capture raw emotion, layering images to reflect the complexity of human experience. What began as the "Pandemic Diaries" evolved into "The Artist Next Door," a testament to growth and evolution, both as an artist and as a woman. LOCATION Washington D.C UNITED STATES CAMERA/S Canon DSLR, Canon Full Frame Mirrorless and iPhone CATEGORY self-portraiture, street, and nature photography WEBSITE https://1x.com/RMDP71 @MIA.DEPAOLA ​ ​ ​

  • THE PICTORIAL LIST | PICTORIAL STORIES

    MOMMIE Arlene Gottfried’s poignant exploration of motherhood in “Mommie” is not just a collection of photographs but a profound tribute to the enduring bonds of family and the universal experiences of love, loss, and resilience. READ STORY explore all pictorial stories PICTORIAL STORY KOALA COUNTRY Sean Paris invites viewers on a transformative journey, challenging our perceptions and fostering a new appreciation for rural Australia through mesmerizing infrared photography. PICTORIAL STORY MOMMIE Arlene Gottfried’s poignant exploration of motherhood in “Mommie” is not just a collection of photographs but a profound tribute to the enduring bonds of family and the universal experiences of love, loss, and resilience. PICTORIAL STORY BIFRÖST In "Bifröst," Romain Coudrier masterfully captures Norway's timeless beauty, blending myth with modernity through black and white photography. A stunning exploration. PICTORIAL STORY MUD Dedipya Basak's documentary project explores an 800-year-old lake's struggle against global warming, highlighting its relevance and urgency in modern times. PICTORIAL STORY A WORLD WITHIN REACH In his Cuba project, Pedro Vidal celebrates human resilience and warmth through captivating imagery, revealing photography's profound ability to encapsulate emotions and memories. PICTORIAL STORY UNVEILING VULNERABILITY In a world where masculinity is often synonymous with stoicism and strength, Francesca Tiboni challenges us to reevaluate our perceptions of masculinity, inviting us to embrace the complexity of the male emotional experience. PICTORIAL STORY TRANSCENDENTS: SPIRIT MEDIUMS IN BURMA AND THAILAND Mariette Pathy Allen's visual narrative celebrates authenticity, spotlighting Spirit Mediums' enigmatic presence in both possession and daily life. She portrays them as essential to cultures steeped in Animism, reflecting the enduring essence of human authenticity. PICTORIAL STORY COALESCENCE Visual diptychs intricately depicting the intimate exchange between a mother and daughter, transcending personal narratives to explore universal themes of transition, acceptance, and the beauty of change. PICTORIAL STORY IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ANSEL ADAMS In following the footsteps of the masterful Ansel Adams, Karin Svadlenak Gomez not only paid homage to his timeless work but also embarked on a transformative journey. PICTORIAL STORY PARALELL REALITIES Through her lens, Catia Montagna explores the impact of socioeconomic factors and social norms on our daily lives, revealing the subtle poetry of small, insignificant moments that capture the ‘existential’ and the ephemeral, in the human condition. PICTORIAL STORY A TALE OF NATURE AND HERITAGE With her words and photographs, Ana-Maria Alb invites readers to join her on a journey through the breathtaking Carpathians. PICTORIAL STORY ON THE TRAIL OF LOVE LOST Through Sasha’s photo essay, we are given a glimpse into a beautiful love story and the unbreakable strength and resilience of the human spirit. Join us as we explore Sasha Ivanov’s heartfelt tribute to Lydia and Nikolai. PICTORIAL STORY SAHIB: THE FRANKINCENSE BOY France Leclerc’s documentary exploration embraces the community finding captivating stories for her visual translations. Her story takes us to the village of Poshina, where we meet Sahib. PICTORIAL STORY THEY HAVE GONE Lorenzo Vitali felt compelled to explore the landscapes of Eastern Veneto, to understand its emotional affective relationship and document it through his photography. PICTORIAL STORY I AM WATER Paola Ferrarotti explores her deep connection with the water and how it has transformed her understanding of life and herself. PICTORIAL STORY THE STRANDED PAKISTANIS Anwar Ehtesham captures the beauty of human emotion in all its rawest forms in the face of adversity and offers an insight into the complexity of the lives of the Bihari people and their relationship with their environment. PICTORIAL STORY BLINDFOLD CHESS Anastasiya Pentyukhina’s documentation of blindfolded chess provides an insight into this often overlooked world of sports, and sheds light on the unique challenges faced by visually impaired players. PICTORIAL STORY SKIN STORIES Tony Reddrop strives to look beyond the ink in his latest project, believing that by looking beyond the physical appearance of a person you will find their unique story. PICTORIAL STORY WHERE THE WAVES MEET THE OCEAN Uma Muthuraaman explores the idea of finding in ourselves what we seek in other people and places — like waves searching for the ocean, being it, and not knowing it. PICTORIAL STORY THE ARTISANAL SALT FARMERS OF GOZO Naima Hall takes us on a journey with the Cini family, giving us a glimpse into their artisanal salt-farming practices and uncovering the broader geo-heritage of Gozo. PICTORIAL STORY CRACKS TO MEND Through her powerful photographs, Ida Di Pasquale shares the story of her birth house in Italy - a village that was left in ruins after two fatal earthquakes. PICTORIAL STORY THE WHIRLING DERVISHES OF KONYA Follow Rpnunyez's journey as he captures the beauty and strength of the Whirling Dervishes as they perform their ritual dance. PICTORIAL STORY SAHARA: THE SHAPE AND THE SHADOW Lorenzo Vitali's Sahara is a captivating exploration of the intangible power of nature. His photos show the changing shapes of the sand, but also highlights the complexity of the interplay between light and dark. PICTORIAL STORY WIDOWS' HOLI Celebratory colors of Holi fill the ancient city of Vrindavan! Street and documentary photographer Abhay Patel captures the unique Widow's Holi in his lens, bringing to life the joyous emotions of the festival. PICTORIAL STORY RIPPLED REALITIES The panorama has been redefined in the work of photographer, Susan Bowen. Her fearless journey created new thinking patterns that motivated and inspired a profound body of work. tell your story We want to show engaging work from visual storytellers, documentary photographers, and photojournalists from all around the world. We want important or interesting stories to be seen and read, new or old, and from anywhere. submit © Karin Svadlenak Gomez

  • TRUE LIFE IMPRESSIONS | IN CONVERSATION WITH MATTHIAS GÖDDE

    INTERVIEW June 14, 2024 TRUE LIFE IMPRESSIONS ​ Photography by Matthias Gödde Interview by Melanie Meggs Welcome to an exploration of the photographic world crafted by Matthias Gödde, a photographer whose work delves deep into the raw essence of human emotion with unparalleled authenticity. Matthias' photography transcends mere documentation; his photographs serve as windows into the very souls of his subjects, inviting viewers to contemplate the complexities of the human experience. Eschewing contrivance and artifice, his images offer unadulterated glimpses into the everyday moments that define our lives. For him, it's the people who inhabit these spaces that truly breathe life into his compositions. Through meticulous curation and a keen eye for detail, Matthias crafts series that resonate with profound emotional depth, blurring the lines between observation and introspection, infused with wit, irony, and sometimes even absurdity. Reflecting on his journey into photography, Matthias traces his passion back to a childhood encounter with a book on photography techniques. Despite initially grappling with the technicalities, the allure of capturing the visible world through chemistry left an indelible mark on him. Fueled by a voracious appetite for visual exploration, he immersed himself in the works of luminaries past and present, drawing inspiration from the rich kaleidoscope of artistic expression. With over four decades of experience behind the camera, he continues to evolve his craft, drawing inspiration from a diverse range of subjects and themes. From street photography to urban landscapes, his work remains rooted in the tradition of new color photography while embracing the ever-changing landscape of contemporary visual culture. Join us as we explore the mind of Matthias Gödde, delving into the inspirations, challenges, and triumphs that have shaped his remarkable photographic journey. “Today I see myself as an author photographer. A term that was coined in the 80s by the art critic and curator Klaus Honnef. I have been working on very different topics for years. If, like me, you have been taking photographs for 45 years, this is a tried and tested means of having different seedlings to trigger your gaze and perception again and again. My roots lie in the new color photography of the 80s with its street and urban landscape photography is something I still feel strongly connected to today.” IN CONVERSATION WITH MATTHIAS GÖDDE THE PICTORIAL LIST: Hello Matthias…welcome to The Pictorial List! Let's start by telling us about yourself. What would you say first drew you to photography? MATTHIAS: Looking back, I had no choice. When I was 10, I came across a small book about photography techniques from my older brother. It was one of those long summers that, as a child in the 60s, made the holiday season seem endless. So, with an abundance of time, I read several chapters about film processing and how to put negatives on paper in a darkroom. At the time, I didn't really understand much of what the content of the book was trying to tell me. However, the magic of the latent image that can preserve the visible world with the help of a little chemistry has remained to this day. Reading this book was the seed that took several years to sprout. There was a drugstore in town that sold darkroom supplies, but my pocket money wasn't enough. However, that same year I bet my entire pocket money on the main prize at a lottery booth at the fair and won a Kodak Instamatic 133, which became my companion on school trips. My interest was directed towards art by an uncle who painted and knew how to copy old French and Flemish masters. An intensive engagement with painting and graphics began. I got everything I could find in illustrated books about it from the city library. Because of the desire to see, I could never get enough. This also later impressed my parents, who enabled me to study visual communication at the age of 17. Here the seed sprouted and germinated. It took less than 4 weeks, and I was just hanging out in the photo workshop. The university library was a mecca for good monographs about American and European photographers. My eyes didn't get a break. In a small circle of like-minded people, we met at the cinema at least twice a week. Taken together, the best preparation for refining your own vision. TPL: How do you think your background in visual communication has influenced your perspective as a photographer? MATTHIAS: It was something like a Studium Generale. I was just 17 years old and came from a middle-class family and a small-town environment. The company of teachers and students, many a little off track, looking better than I knew it, was pure inspiration. The freedom to try out different creative disciplines alongside theoretical subjects such as art history and perceptual psychology are formative influences. Getting to know different aesthetic positions opened up a field of possibilities that still resonate today. TPL: What role does storytelling play in your photography, and how do you balance narrative with visual aesthetics? How do you approach the process of capturing the essence of human emotion in your photographs? MATTHIAS: This is a good question but not an easy one to answer. Many of my photos are still strongly influenced by the aesthetics of cinema. This is where the roots and key to my photography lie. It is these moods and the rhythm that are inherent in films and literature. When I look at documentary photos, I always make up a story about them. I see the scenes with their history and their future. Of course it's all fantasy. This creates new images in your head. Photos are the congealed part of a story. TPL: What advice would you give to aspiring photographers who are looking to develop their own unique artistic voice today in photography? MATTHIAS: Neglect the flood of digital images. Check out photographers' monographs. There is more excellence here. TPL: Can you share any memorable anecdotes or stories from your experiences as a photographer? MATTHIAS: In the 90s I drove across northern Italy with a friend to photograph the wonderful grave sculptures in cemeteries. After a week we had a day at the beach. When we got back to the camper, it had been broken into and our equipment and all the exposed films had been stolen. We only took our 35mm cameras with us so we wouldn't miss any subjects on the beach. However, large and medium format cameras were also among the stolen goods. We then visited the same cemeteries again to repeat the recordings. A fallacy. Photographs are always tied to a singular event. All newly taken pictures were missing something. The magic of the first perception was lost. TPL: Looking back on your journey as a photographer, what are you most proud of accomplishing, and what do you hope to achieve in the future? Any projects or ideas you are excited to explore? MATTHIAS: When I look back, all the photos form a quartet of memories of my life. I mix and re-arrange the images every now and then. It's always a different version of me. This quartet is still missing a few cards. Let's see which ones come along. When I look back, all the photos form a quartet of memories of my life. TPL: Can you share any insights into the technical aspects of your photography, such as your choice of equipment or preferred shooting techniques? MATTHIAS: I took analogue photographs until the 2000s. 35mm, medium format and large format were used depending on the subject. Today it is mainly digital full format and medium format cameras. A Mamiya 7 was my constant companion for a long time. A viewfinder camera has the great advantage that you can look beyond the subject and are not immediately limited to a section that excludes everything else. Even with digital cameras, I rarely look through the electronic viewfinder. I keep an eye on the scenery via the screen. TPL: Could you describe your creative process from conceptualization to execution when working on a new series? MATTHIAS: It's more of a chaotic approach. If you, like me, have been photographing for many years, you'll always end up with images that suddenly fall out of the camera outside of your own redundancy. Vague fragments that slowly develop as sediment into something that can be walked on. I often feel bored with certain topics. Perception is an open system. TPL: How do you choose your subjects or scenes to photograph, and what draws you to them? MATTHIAS: It's something like a matrix. They are reflexive and anticipatory reactions. A mélange of everything seen from dreams, books and films filtered through heart and experience. TPL: What is your takeaway from the work you do? In what ways has your photography evolved over the course of your career, and what factors have influenced these changes? MATTHIAS: In the analogue phase of photography, it was hardly possible to give the images a special look beyond the choice of film material and photo paper in post-production. The possibilities today are comparable to painting. The color grading and the selection of papers and printable substrates seem limitless. The way of taking photos, however, is almost unchanged. It seems to be something native to the language. If you haven't learned to dream in another language, your worldview and world experience are set. TPL: If you could work with any photographer for a day, from any time period, who would that be and why? What would you want to learn from them? What would you like to share with them? MATTHIAS: There is this saying: “A real voyage of discovery does not consist in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.” I would want to have a very long conversation with him about how he thinks about life. After all, we don't photograph what we see, but rather what we are. TPL: When you're not creating your visual stories, what does Matthias Gödde do for leisure? MATTHIAS: Waiting for the time when I can create visual stories. Matthias Gödde's photographic journey is a compelling testament to his passion, persistence, and creative vision. With a background in visual communication and a profound appreciation for the aesthetics of cinema and literature, Matthias has developed a unique perspective as a photographer. His photographs transcend mere images; they are intricately woven narratives, inviting viewers to explore the stories behind the scenes. As Matthias continues to evolve as a photographer, he embraces the boundless opportunities presented by digital photography, while remaining steadfast in his commitment to the authentic language of his art form. For him, photography is more than just a profession; it is a way of life, a medium through which he captures the essence of the human experience and offers viewers a fresh perspective on the world. VIEW MATTHIAS' PORTFOLIO Website >>> Instagram >>> read more interviews >>> TRUE LIFE IMPRESSIONS Matthias Godde's meticulously curates photographs that blend observation with introspection, resonating with profound emotional depth and infused with wit, irony, and occasional absurdity. 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MINIMALIST REVERIE Nazanin Davari's minimalist style invites you to an imaginative world where silence and freedom converge, painting unseen beauty with her lens. THE AUTHENTIC GAZE: THE DON'T SMILE PROJECT Delve into the visual anthology of urban youth, a collection of moments where the mundane transcends into the profound, sparked by the click of Amy Horowitz's camera. BLACK AND WHITE WITH A THREAD OF RED Valeria Cunha is fascinated by the street, using it as inspiration to find structure amidst the confusion. Her photography creates intriguing connections and relationships through dynamic compositions that convey emotion. TALES OF A CITY With a passion for exploring the world through his camera lens, Seigar brings a unique perspective to his art, infused with reflections, colors, and icons. 18 >> 20 Elsa Arrais composed a simultaneously artistic, emotional, poetic and imagery portrait of her city in a predetermined period of time. WOMEN WARRIORS OF AZERBAIJAN Fidan Nazimqizi is aware of distinct challenges the women in her community are confronted with on a daily basis. Their struggles have become a focus for her photography. SHOOT NEW YORK CITY Leanne Staples is a passionate and driven street photographer whose honest perspective of city life captures both its simplicity and complexity. TRANSTEMPORAL Russell Cobb is an incredible photographer and storyteller who offers viewers a chance to step into the past and explore the nuances of culture and history. A LOVE SONG TO THE AMERICAN WEST We have the pleasure of seeing and hearing the visual stories created between photographer, Ross Taylor and musician, Russick Smith. As the wind sweeps through the landscapes the notes of a cello fill every void. JESSE'S STORY Jesse’s story becomes a timeless testament of an unconventional and successful fighter. Andrée Thorpe invites us to reflect on the inspiring journey of this brave individual. 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  • MATTHIAS GÖDDE

    MATTHIAS GÖDDE ARTIST'S STATEMENT // Today I see myself as an author photographer. A term that was coined in the 80s by the art critic and curator Klaus Honnef. I have been working on very different topics for years. If, like me, you have been taking photographs for 45 years, this is a tried and tested means of having different seedlings to trigger your gaze and perception again and again. My roots lie in the new color photography of the 80s with its street and urban landscape photography is something I still feel strongly connected to today. LOCATION Beckum GERMANY CAMERA/S Fujifilm X-T3, X100V and the GFX 50s II CATEGORY street, urban landscape, ICM WEBSITE https://goedde-photography.de/ @MATTHIASGOEDDE ​ ​ FEATURES // True Life Impressions

  • THE PICTORIAL LIST | INTERVIEWS

    URBAN ECHOES Through his project “Echo,” Rowell B. Timoteo extends an invitation to explore the vibrant streets of San Fernando, where his lens captures the nuanced interplay of light, shadow, and human emotion. READ INTERVIEW explore all interviews INTERVIEW TRUE LIFE IMPRESSIONS Matthias Godde's meticulously curates photographs that blend observation with introspection, resonating with profound emotional depth and infused with wit, irony, and occasional absurdity. INTERVIEW NATURE KNOWS NO PAUSE Through her photographs Ann Petruckevitch captures the resilience of nature amidst the challenges of climate change, serving as a reflection on humanity’s relationship with the natural world. INTERVIEW URBAN ECHOES Through his project “Echo,” Rowell B. Timoteo extends an invitation to explore the vibrant streets of San Fernando, where his lens captures the nuanced interplay of light, shadow, and human emotion. INTERVIEW COLORS OF A GREY CITY In Rafa Rojas' photography project, we witness the convergence of passion and purpose, a visual ode to the city of São Paulo he calls home. INTERVIEW PRIMAL INSTINCT Tara Sellios invites us to explore the interplay of life and death, of decay and beauty, and to find within that juxtaposition a reflection of our own existential journey. INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES The Pictorial List partners with International Photography Awards, enhancing resources for photographers worldwide. We interview IPA founder Hossein Farmani, a visionary in photography. INTERVIEW MINIMALIST REVERIE Nazanin Davari's minimalist style invites you to an imaginative world where silence and freedom converge, painting unseen beauty with her lens. INTERVIEW THE AUTHENTIC GAZE: THE DON'T SMILE PROJECT Delve into the visual anthology of urban youth, a collection of moments where the mundane transcends into the profound, sparked by the click of Amy Horowitz's camera. INTERVIEW BLACK AND WHITE WITH A THREAD OF RED Valeria Cunha is fascinated by the street, using it as inspiration to find structure amidst the confusion. Her photography creates intriguing connections and relationships through dynamic compositions that convey emotion. INTERVIEW TALES OF A CITY With a passion for exploring the world through his camera lens, Seigar brings a unique perspective to his art, infused with reflections, colors, and icons. INTERVIEW 18 >> 20 Elsa Arrais composed a simultaneously artistic, emotional, poetic and imagery portrait of her city in a predetermined period of time. INTERVIEW WOMEN WARRIORS OF AZERBAIJAN Fidan Nazimqizi is aware of distinct challenges the women in her community are confronted with on a daily basis. Their struggles have become a focus for her photography. INTERVIEW SHOOT NEW YORK CITY Leanne Staples is a passionate and driven street photographer whose honest perspective of city life captures both its simplicity and complexity. INTERVIEW JESSE'S STORY Jesse’s story becomes a timeless testament of an unconventional and successful fighter. Andrée Thorpe invites us to reflect on the inspiring journey of this brave individual. INTERVIEW TRANSTEMPORAL Russell Cobb is an incredible photographer and storyteller who offers viewers a chance to step into the past and explore the nuances of culture and history. INTERVIEW A LOVE SONG TO THE AMERICAN WEST We have the pleasure of seeing and hearing the visual stories created between photographer, Ross Taylor and musician, Russick Smith. As the wind sweeps through the landscapes the notes of a cello fill every void. INTERVIEW WALKING BUENOS AIRES We take a deep dive into the journey of Alex Gottfried Bonder - an artist who has spent many years uncovering the soul of Buenos Aires through street photography. INTERVIEW ETERNITY Eternity is a pictorial story about Konrad Hellfeuer's own personal journey with religion and how photography has helped him find peace within it. INTERVIEW UNDER THE COVERS WITH AMERICAN BEDROOM Barbara Peacock, opens the door to her subjects' bedroom, revealing their intimate thoughts and emotions. Discover the confidence and trust shared between the photographer and subject for an authentic and inspiring experience. INTERVIEW BEYOND SIGHT Doug Winter is a photographic artist using his unique perspective as a semi-sighted individual to explore the experiences of partial blindness and vision disabilities. INTERVIEW HUMAN CONTACT By walking through the streets and observing people's behaviours, Jan Ponnet tries to develop a keen eye for the subtle nuances and rhythms of life on the street, and learns to anticipate and capture these moments that might otherwise go unnoticed. INTERVIEW FREEDOM TASTES OF REALITY Juan Barte does not choose to document what he sees, but creates a photograph that constricts the flow of information, allowing for the viewer to further investigate and question what they see. INTERVIEW HONK KONG TAPESTRY It is the minutiae of everyday life that most defines Giles Isbell's body of work. By exploring the intricate details, Giles Isbell has created a unique tapestry of what it means to to have once called this majestic city home. INTERVIEW CROSSING THE AVENUE Get ready to be transported by the street photography of Juan Sostre. His mastery of technique and ability to observe the world around him, allows us to experience the street in a whole different light. INTERVIEW DOWNTOWN ATLANTA By showcasing the understated beauty of ordinary city spaces, Branden May's photography captures the essence of urban life in a way that is both unconventional and captivating. be on The List We are always on the search for unique visual storytellers of all genres. Would you like to join our portfolio of photographers and be represented on our website, and social media platforms. submit © Chetan Verma

  • TALES OF A CITY | MEET SEIGAR: The Curious Visual Artist Exploring Pop Culture Through His Camera

    INTERVIEW December 13, 2023 TALES OF A CITY ​ Photography by Seigar Interview by Melanie Meggs Meet Seigar, a multifaceted artist based in Tenerife, Spain, who has a passion for exploring the world through his camera lens. With a background in philology and teaching, Seigar brings a unique perspective to his art, infusing it with his fascination for reflections, saturated colors, and icons. But it's not just the visuals that draw him in; Seigar is also deeply interested in pop culture and conceptual art, using his camera to tell stories and capture moments in a new and thought-provoking way. Seigar's journey as an artist began with travel and street photography, but it has evolved into something much more. He sees himself as a pop visual artist, constantly inspired by his travels and the people he meets along the way. He strives to go beyond simple postcards and instead create a continuous narrative that reflects his experiences and encounters. His camera has become his tool for documenting the world and exploring his obsessions and curiosities. While Seigar is primarily self-taught, he has also pursued formal education in advanced photography, cinema, and television. He has dabbled in various forms of art, including collage, video, and writing, always pushing himself to learn and experiment. He has exhibited his work in both national and international settings, and his art has been featured in publications around the world. Seigar's work has also caught the attention of publications like Dodho Magazine, and VICE Spain, where he has contributed his passion for supporting art and artists through text. Recently, Seigar has been exploring the world of video art, using his unique perspective to shed light on important societal issues, from individual freedoms to diversity and equality. His latest passion is documenting social issues related to identity, constantly searching for what makes people who they are. But amidst all of this, Seigar never forgets to embrace the present and seize the day, a message he shares through his captivating travel photo narrative series. In 2005, Seigar began a long-term project documenting the United Kingdom, a place that holds a special place in his heart both personally and professionally. Through his pop-inspired lens, he aims to capture the essence of British identity and share his connection to the culture. During his recent visit to the UK, Seigar revisited familiar urban locations, capturing his signature fetishes like shop windows, plastic people, food, and abandoned objects. But he was also drawn to the vibrant street art that adorns the city walls, using reflections, repetition, and saturated colors to capture its energy and essence. The result is a collection of photos that radiate a bright and shining light, reflecting Seigar's joy and love for life. Join us as we delve into Seigar's unique world of pop visual art, exploring his latest series. Through his direct and thought-provoking images, Seigar invites us to see the world through his eyes and experience the beauty and complexity of everyday life. “‘Tales of a City’ started as a way to portray the British identity, and then, it has become an invitation to live our lives fully and free. It is also a reflection of my ideas and views about the world. I want people to see these photos as my reading of British culture, a heritage that I feel linked emotionally and personally for a million reasons, and as a way to state the world is a beautiful place we should enjoy. This series is a part of my long-term travel and street photographic narrative about the UK, primarily captured in London, a project I initiated in 2005.” MEET SEIGAR: The Curious Visual Artist Exploring Pop Culture Through His Camera THE PICTORIAL LIST: Hello Seigar, thank you for the opportunity to discover more insight into your process of creating your visual stories. Welcome to the Pictorial List! Please tell us a little about yourself, where are you from, and where are you based now? What were some significant choices you made along the way to land on your home base? Seigar: I feel my hometown is La Palma Island, in the Canary Islands, which is called La Isla Bonita. La Palma is a peaceful, probably the most beautiful island I have ever been to, and the one I have felt more at ease. However, I decided to live in Tenerife, Puerto de la Cruz, probably because it’s quite similar to living in La Palma. In Tenerife, we can enjoy the sun the whole year around, good temperatures, the sea, the mountains, villages, traditions, local cuisine, and museums, it offers everything you expect from a paradise. That is how I see Tenerife, a paradise. Though I have visited 53 countries, and I love traveling, I wouldn’t change my residence. I think I can enjoy a quality life that can’t be beaten. I’ve always been interested in the visual arts since I was a child you could find me having a look at magazines and encyclopedias at home, attracted by the paintings of Dalí, and Frida Kahlo, but also quite fascinated by the lives and looks of celebrities and especially musicians, such as Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Prince. I would also be sketching women’s clothing designs in my notebooks and writing stories. This creativity has led me to what I am today. I consider myself, a teacher because I love my job, but also a visual artist, because I have found ways to express myself through different forms. Writing is essential for me because it helps me to complete the concept. Conceptual art is the prism I use to create. I usually join visual art with text, the statement lets me complement the art product. TPL: Tell us about your background in philology and teaching. How has it contributed to the way you see through the lens? What first drew you to photography, explain the importance of photography in helping develop your narrative in your visual stories. Seigar: I am very satisfied with the training I received at the University of La Laguna. I debated between linguistics and literature until I ended up dazzled by the methodology and everything it offered me. Being a pragmatic person, I decided that this was the most functional path to specialize in. When I finished my degree in Philology, I dedicated a school year to combining the Doctorate and the Pedagogical Qualification Course. I put into practice what I learned in private classes for children and adolescents. I also worked in academies until I obtained the Diploma of Advanced Studies. I passed the first exams I could take to become a Secondary School teacher. And since then, I have been teaching in secondary schools. I think that the University of La Laguna places us very well academically in the labor market; then, making your way depends on many external factors. My transition from student to worker was quite natural. I work as a high school teacher. I combine this profession with creating visual arts, writing, and collaborating with multiple magazines. Working as a teacher allows me to use the knowledge acquired in methodology and continue learning new strategies daily. There is an essential human factor in everything I do, and especially in a common point that education, arts, and writing unite: communication. I feel that all the tasks I dedicate my time to have that same element. I am interested in the ability to express and understand messages through interaction. I am pro clear and direct expressive speech, and I believe the main reason for communication is to transmit messages. In the classroom, I teach my students to interact with each other through language and other codes. In photography, I try to make the focus of my images clear and make sure people understand what I want them to see. I even wait for their responses in a dialogue, like I did in my series entitled Visual Interaction. When I write, I become personal. I like to research the topic without forgetting my reading. Concerning my infatuation with photography, I have always been a very visual person. Since I was a child, I remember drawing female dresses; I still draw them or buy music and film magazines, and I still collect them. I keep a lot of that creative side from my childhood. Traveling opened the doors to the world of photography for me. I remember that every time I came back from each trip, I would show the photos to my friends, and they were the ones who saw “something”. Far from bringing stereotypical images or postcards of the places I visited, I always captured repeated details from every trip. My fetishes in photography were defined automatically, intuitively, and without much planning: stolen portraits, shop windows, food, messages, garbage, and abandoned objects. TPL: We all face challenges and obstacles we could not have foreseen, what are some of yours, and how did you overcome them? What advice would you share? Seigar: In my life, I have struggled to achieve some of my objectives in the past, and now I can comprehend that I probably failed in getting obsessed with obtaining what I wanted. These days, I see it from a different view, it’s important to be passionate about your goals, but we have to be careful about the lines between passion and obsession. I would advise people to wish for what they want, but not to overthink or make an extra effort that could harm them. You need to wish, and then work for it with balance. And I would also recommend to choose carefully what they want to get. It’s important to be sure that our goal is our real goal, and that is going to bring good things in life. Careful with the things you are wishing for, ask yourself, is it going to be good for you? When I look back, I think I have chosen good goals in my life, and I’m proud of that, however, I think I sometimes failed in the process because I worked too hard to get them. I would do it with more balance if I could go back. That is something I would change. I can understand now that we can achieve our goals with equilibrium. And what is more important, I advise people to understand that our main goal is to take care of ourselves, eat, move, and rest the best we know, and also to keep on educating ourselves, our main work is self-care. I have realized that is our main job. The real job we all have is to take responsibility for ourselves. As an artist, there are some obstacles I can see these days, these are globalization, censorship, and the cancellation culture. I think globalization has brought blurred lines to the world of the arts. It seems the saturation of images and the use of social networks tend to unify visions or spread the sense of what is on and what is not. The main challenge is being faithful and loyal to yourself as a creator, trying not to depend on trends or accept the limits imposed by what you are supposed to be doing. I like the concept of the local and individual self; I like the idea of being me and keeping my identity as a creator. I think that is the most challenging task for creators nowadays. If you start doing what everybody is doing to be bigger, you may need to stop, think, reflect on that, and make a different decision. The world needs what you can give as an individual; the world does not need every person to show the same content with the same way of presenting it. When I see these videos about how you should be sharing your art, how to get new followers, and all that, I think that is not the right way. I think keeping your way is the key. I do not want to be a copy or a version of any other artist. Who wants 100 artists telling the same story, and in the same way? No one. And concerning censorship and all that, I think artists need to be brave, fight, and do it! Think about artists like Madonna, who has fought against so many taboos and is still there fighting against the rules and conventions. Artists need to stand up, be brave, and just go for it. If we all do it, the system won’t be able to keep up with this nonsense. I believe individual freedoms must be kept, and they are in our hands. For instance, if any social network censors a type of image or a type of expression and this one doesn’t damage anyone, it’s a matter of us all united to stop it; we are the ones who should decide. I think it’s a matter of time for people to realize that we are the ones who decide. No one authorizes me to create; I authorize myself to do whatever I want. It’s not out; it’s just me. My authority to be free and independent is inside of me; I don’t need to wait for anyone or anything for approval or permission to do what I want to do. I feel I am powerful, and I believe we are all powerful beings that just have to act and do. Throughout art history, many voices have rebelled against the rules, and they changed the path by doing that. I think it is time for contemporary artists to do things and break the rules. Actions are more important than words. There is no point in sharing a message asking for freedom; just be free. Let me tell you this with a metaphor. The metaphor is clear; it’s like a bird inside a cage with the doors completely open. That is how I feel about censorship. I also feel the same about many other situations society is facing these days: the same pattern, a bird that can fly and doesn’t. Why? I think common sense must be above any rule in the system. We can't obey a system when it goes against common sense or individual freedoms, and we cannot wait for its authorization to take care of us and do the best we can for ourselves. You just have to follow your instincts instead of blindly following “what you are supposed to do." Let’s be free and stop begging for our freedom. TPL: In your long-term project, ‘Tales of a City’ What do you want the viewer to experience from your work, what is their takeaway from their visual experience? Seigar: ‘Tales of a City’ started as a way to portray the British identity, and then, it has become an invitation to live our lives fully and free. It is also a reflection of my ideas and views about the world. I want people to see these photos as my reading of British culture, a heritage that I feel linked emotionally and personally for a million reasons, and as a way to state the world is a beautiful place we should enjoy. This series is a part of my long-term travel and street photographic narrative about the UK, primarily captured in London, a project I initiated in 2005. During the process, I have intended to capture moments of charm as a friendly reminder that we should view the world through our prism. Life and magic are omnipresent; we only need to open our eyes. In recent years, I've consciously distanced my ego from my heart, focusing on immersing myself in the creative process. My priorities have shifted to living, self-care, and relishing life. These new tales reflect this sweet phase in my life, and I am committed to making it last for a long, long time. I will no longer enumerate these series separately; I've realized these tales belong to the same project: Tales of a City. In my quest to identify British identity, I found my voice. TPL: You love to travel. You also live in one of the most picturesque locations in the world. Do you find your inspiration to create on or within the streets of Tenerife? Outside of home and London where has been your most favorite or interesting ‘tale’? And what city is next on your Wishlist to add to your series? Seigar: In Tenerife, I have done street photography in the villages and towns during my walks. I love exploring my island, too. I have done some landscape photography, though I have never felt completely reflected in this type of photography. I prefer other types of photography that let me show ideas, such as social or documentary. I have met people and told their lives through photography and text. Collaboration makes art richer and more complex; something simple can become something big with the right connections. I have worked with creative people who have added layers to my photography and video art. They have conveyed the ideas I wanted to express. I have worked several times with a young drag queen called Candy Porcelain, who has elevated my concepts through her art channel. I have also worked on the theme of new masculinities with young men. I have also worked on a project entitled 1, 2, 3 No Hashtags to deal with diversity, equality, body positivity, ageism, and other topics. I have done projects with trans people to talk about them as individuals and to tell their personal stories. I have worked with all different kinds of people to tell them who they are and their identities. Every life has some interest for me. I have shown the living moments of a boxer, a group of voguing dancers, belly dancers, drag queens, beauty pageant contests, theatre plays, ballet and contemporary dancing shows, fashion content creators, music festivals, and a digital and design illustrator. As I said, I like meeting people and showing what they want to say to the world. I have also recreated My Plastic People with a real model. I have done all these works in Tenerife; we have many creative souls on the island. I have found great inspiration in Europe, and I have been traveling all around doing my tales there. I found excitement in photographing Eastern Europe because of its different rural and urban scenery. However, I have also opened the doors to new narratives. From my recent works, I’m especially fond of my photo narratives from Cuba and Morocco. I think what I found there is so different from Europe that it has made my gallery have some new twists, intricacies, and storylines. These two countries unlocked new possibilities for my work. Last summer, I spent two months in Asia, but I haven’t had time yet to work on that material. I can tell it was an incredible experience that moved me. I can’t wait to see what I did there. Finally, my next destinations are Finland, Canada, and Liechtenstein. This is going to be at Christmas, in the winter, so this context would add some meaningful layers to my photography. TPL: Tell us about the many years of contribution to the arts, writing about art, and interviewing artists. What is your takeaway from the work you do? How have you grown as an artist, visually and intellectually? Seigar: Art and writing allow me to stay awake, grow, innovate, investigate, and learn. I can communicate and interact with other people and creators through these two channels. These are the two ways I have to express everything I have inside—two means of expression that I need to complete my life. I am a social person who enjoys the contact with people. Teaching has been my vocation since I was a child. I knew I wanted to be a teacher very early. My job keeps me in contact with lots of people and souls daily. And this routine is inspiring and makes me grow. Arts helps me to share my thoughts and the things I believe in. It’s the code to free my soul. TPL: Do you have any favorite artists or photographers you would like to share with us, and the reason for their significance? If you could work alongside someone, who would you like to rub elbows with and learn from? Seigar: My main art references come from pop music: Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Prince. They have been the three icons I have admired the most in my life, and they still have a big influence on me, and who I am today. In cinema, I love Pedro Almodóvar, Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Aldrich, Lars von Trier and Tarantino. In painting, I adore Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol. All these people share very personal but radical views about what art is. They all show a unique universe that is glued in my brain and my heart. I’m sure if you scan me, you can find their musical and visual imagery in my soul. They all share a strong and passionate vision of art. That's what I'm looking for with my visual art. I can say that my favorite photographer is Martin Parr, I think he knows how to perfectly combine the image and the content with a very pop style. I also greatly admire the documentary nature of his work. Regarding the form, I stick with photographers like Man Ray, Diane Arbus, and Cindy Sherman, and paying attention to the content I would name Vivian Maier, Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, Thomas Tom Wood, and Paul Graham. Almost all of them work in street, social, or documentary photography. Concerning the latest photography, I feel Lua Ribeira stands out; her sense of photography is fresh and original. I had the chance to write an article about her for The Cultural Magazine and it was fascinating to learn about her work. I’m also into the controversial Greek photographer Kostis Fokas, and the new realists Panos + Mary. Recently, I have had a crush on Greek photographers and the way they document reality, I would say Greek Photography these days has become a new expression of magic realism, and I’m also heading in that direction. I like to think that I’m sharing common views with them. I think right now, my sensibility is close to the works of contemporary Greek photographers, and also Eastern European countries, so that would be my first option for a collaboration. When we talk about admiration and influences, I would like to mention two special people who are everything to me in life, my mum who passed away but is still present in my everyday, and my sister who is my life. They are the real ones. Love you. TPL: Is it impossible for you not to be constantly on the lookout for a moment to be captured? Seigar: I think the key is discipline and perseverance. I consider myself an organized and planning person. I stay ahead of deadlines, I try to keep my work up to date, and the experience I gain with each project helps me not make the same mistakes. I am very observant and an analyst, I usually reflect on work processes and learn from them to be able to go faster the next time. It is part of my personality to be pragmatic and not waste time. I like to give myself fully to projects and grow. As you said, it is impossible for me not to be constantly on the lookout for a moment to be captured, I think that sentence defines the way I understand art and creation. Thanks for your deep dive into my work and soul. I can tell you love what you are doing too, and that is something wonderful. Thank you. TPL: Are there any special projects that you are currently working on that you would like to let everyone know about? What are some of your photography goals? Seigar: I would like to find time to work on my last trips, as I do not stop moving, and I will never stop moving, it is not that easy to select and work on the materials that I am creating. However, my priority is living, so it will be done whenever I have the right time to do it. I accept it, and I’m fine with that. I would say that my main goal in photography would be to keep on selecting and working on my travel and street photo narratives. Telling my moves through my trips, as a testimonial diary. I have some ideas for video art too, connecting the tradition of this form with my view to understand it. I see video art as a way to experiment and channel concepts. And I also want to keep on exploring college to deal with current issues, collages help me to express my views on things that concern me. And finally, I would love one day to start doing installations, it attracts me. TPL: If you could explore another area of photography or art, what would that be? Why, what is it that you would be inspired to learn? Seigar: I want to start doing installations. The use of new materials and forms to create interest me. I already have some ideas that include toys, plastic people, or some furniture. I like the experimental aspect of an installation and its connection to the senses. The focus could be the idea of playing with toys, or the ready-made pieces. If I do something, I suppose it will be colorful, pop, and weird. When I visit a museum, I always find the installations quite intriguing and captivating. They commonly move me to feel things and to think, they usually surprise me. TPL: Your zest for life and your mantra to seize each day, how do you balance work and life? Seigar: I try to dedicate time for myself, that means taking care of myself and giving myself some love. I feel the more I care for myself, the more I can care for others. The more I help myself, the more I can help others. I try to be balanced and to listen to myself. To care about the words, I talk about me because we become what we say we are. It’s important to care about how we define ourselves. I listen to myself and my body to know and decide what is the best thing for every single moment. If you need to eat, to move, and to rest, that is how I understand my everyday life. And if I want to express myself, I also count on the art expression. I guess the moments I have felt at ease with myself, I have been able to be nicer and more generous with the people around me. The more you love yourself, the more you can give love. TPL: When you're not creating your visual stories, what do you do for leisure? Seigar: When I’m not creating, I hike, exercise, and eat out. I listen to music; I spend hours listening to music and reading music reviews. I love reading books about pop culture, and music magazines. I have coffee with my best friends. I meet and travel with my loved sister. And finally, I also go out and travel with my partner, and we enjoy life together. Thanks for the love. Seigar is a true testament to the idea of being a multifaceted artist - someone who constantly evolves, learns, and pushes boundaries in their art. From exploring the world through his camera lens to using his unique perspective to shed light on important societal issues, Seigar's passion and talent knows no bounds. His work is a reflection of his own obsessions and curiosities, capturing moments and telling stories in a captivating and thought-provoking way. And with his project, Seigar shows us that even in familiar places, there is always something new and exciting to discover. With his captivating photos and energetic spirit, Seigar reminds us all to embrace the present and seize the day, creating our own narratives and capturing the beauty of life. VIEW SEIGAR'S PORTFOLIO Website >>> Instagram >>> Facebook >>> read more interviews >>> NATURE KNOWS NO PAUSE Through her photographs Ann Petruckevitch captures the resilience of nature amidst the challenges of climate change, serving as a reflection on humanity’s relationship with the natural world. URBAN ECHOES Through his project “Echo,” Rowell B. Timoteo extends an invitation to explore the vibrant streets of San Fernando, where his lens captures the nuanced interplay of light, shadow, and human emotion. COLORS OF A GREY CITY In Rafa Rojas' photography project, we witness the convergence of passion and purpose, a visual ode to the city of São Paulo he calls home. PRIMAL INSTINCT Tara Sellios invites us to explore the interplay of life and death, of decay and beauty, and to find within that juxtaposition a reflection of our own existential journey. OPPORTUNITIES The Pictorial List partners with International Photography Awards, enhancing resources for photographers worldwide. We interview IPA founder Hossein Farmani, a visionary in photography. MINIMALIST REVERIE Nazanin Davari's minimalist style invites you to an imaginative world where silence and freedom converge, painting unseen beauty with her lens. THE AUTHENTIC GAZE: THE DON'T SMILE PROJECT Delve into the visual anthology of urban youth, a collection of moments where the mundane transcends into the profound, sparked by the click of Amy Horowitz's camera. BLACK AND WHITE WITH A THREAD OF RED Valeria Cunha is fascinated by the street, using it as inspiration to find structure amidst the confusion. Her photography creates intriguing connections and relationships through dynamic compositions that convey emotion. TALES OF A CITY With a passion for exploring the world through his camera lens, Seigar brings a unique perspective to his art, infused with reflections, colors, and icons. 18 >> 20 Elsa Arrais composed a simultaneously artistic, emotional, poetic and imagery portrait of her city in a predetermined period of time. WOMEN WARRIORS OF AZERBAIJAN Fidan Nazimqizi is aware of distinct challenges the women in her community are confronted with on a daily basis. Their struggles have become a focus for her photography. SHOOT NEW YORK CITY Leanne Staples is a passionate and driven street photographer whose honest perspective of city life captures both its simplicity and complexity. TRANSTEMPORAL Russell Cobb is an incredible photographer and storyteller who offers viewers a chance to step into the past and explore the nuances of culture and history. A LOVE SONG TO THE AMERICAN WEST We have the pleasure of seeing and hearing the visual stories created between photographer, Ross Taylor and musician, Russick Smith. As the wind sweeps through the landscapes the notes of a cello fill every void. JESSE'S STORY Jesse’s story becomes a timeless testament of an unconventional and successful fighter. Andrée Thorpe invites us to reflect on the inspiring journey of this brave individual. WALKING BUENOS AIRES We take a deep dive into the journey of Alex Gottfried Bonder - an artist who has spent many years uncovering the soul of Buenos Aires through street photography. UNDER THE COVERS WITH AMERICAN BEDROOM Barbara Peacock, opens the door to her subjects' bedroom, revealing their intimate thoughts and emotions. Discover the confidence and trust shared between the photographer and subject for an authentic and inspiring experience. BEYOND SIGHT Doug Winter is a photographic artist using his unique perspective as a semi-sighted individual to explore the experiences of partial blindness and vision disabilities. ETERNITY Eternity is a pictorial story about Konrad Hellfeuer's own personal journey with religion and how photography has helped him find peace within it. CROSSING THE AVENUE Get ready to be transported by the street photography of Juan Sostre. His mastery of technique and ability to observe the world around him, allows us to experience the street in a whole different light.

  • JOHN GELLINGS

    JOHN GELLINGS be inspired Gallery // ARTIST STATEMENT // I grew up in New Jersey, USA and New York City. I have currently been living in Santiago, Chile for the past three years. I have been photographing off and on since the age of 17. I graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University, New Jersey) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography in 1998. I pride myself in the ability to find emotional resonance in the ordinary. I prefer photography that is intentionally vague with a mysterious tone of ambiguity that leaves room for a wide-ranging interpretation. I am just not concerned with conventional narrative other than in the simple way in which the city looks at the time I am photographing it and I how I perceive it photographically. Still, my photography is about my personal connection to the place, even if from an outsider’s perspective. For me, the outsider’s perspective is an advantage. I do not have any nostalgia for how the place should look or be due to a childhood, personal or political connection. I do not yearn for the good old days or stress over things I cannot control. I do not photograph a place based on what I wished it to be. The present in its most banal form has enough magic for me. "Quiet NYC" in the "City That Never Sleeps" this series is about quiet moments of everyday life in the streets of NYC. LOCATION Santiago CHILE (formerly New York) CAMERA Fujifilm X-T1, Fujifilm X-T2, Fujifilm X-Pro2, Nikon Df, Sony A7R CATEGORY street WEBSITE http://www.johngellings.com @JOHNGELLINGS0 ​ ​ FEATURES // Quiet NYC

  • WELCOME TO STREET LIFE | IN CONVERSATION WITH THE CREATORS BEHIND THE STREETLIFE PODCAST: JOHN ST. & MARK J. DAVIDSON

    INTERVIEW December 21, 2022 WELCOME TO STREET LIFE ​ Introduction by Karen Ghostlaw Pomarico Interview by Melanie Meggs STREET LIFE is a street photography podcast filling a void in the podcast world of photography. It is hosted by two photographers, John St (aka Giant_Evertonian) and Mark Davidson. Together they share the passion for street photography, and have a comradery and chemistry that makes for interesting discussions with street photographers in the industry. They share their thoughts and opinions on a diverse range of topics as well as engage with well respected professionals in the industry, while highlighting some inspirational less known street photographers making their mark in the field today. Each artist is different, giving them great material for asking brilliant questions that create meaningful dialogue, that one can learn from and apply to how they may approach their own work. With a casual feel, their quick wit and charm make the exchanges with their guests not only informative, but delightful and easy to listen to. Both John and Mark are Australian based photographers, but reside in different cities along the southern coast of Australia. About a day's drive between them. What started off as mutual respect for each other's work on Instagram, eventually turned into a meet and greet in John’s city of Adelaide, where they inspired each other's work on the street, and where the interactive personal exchanges became a unique and comfortable dialogue between them, and where the magic of their chemistry began. Much of their work together is done online, giving them the ability to give this project the attention it deserves and requires. They started this endeavour with no expectations, and only short term goals, that have already surpassed the initial targets they’d loosely set at the beginning of the project. The street photography community has embraced their podcast series, finding it to check a lot of the boxes they felt were missing in the photographic podcast community. Tune in to their interview below and find out more about what is making this podcast so successful. “We get lots of comments about how well we compliment each other and our on air ‘chemistry’. I'm not really sure where our chemistry comes from to be honest. I guess we have a similar sense of humour, beliefs and our moral compass points in a similar direction which all go to make a solid foundation. I believe you cross paths with particular people at different stages in your life. You never really know how long they'll stay 1, 2-3 years or lifetime friends. Maybe the cosmos arranged for Mark and I to cross paths. Jesus, I sound like I'm on an Oprah show!” IN CONVERSATION WITH THE CREATORS BEHIND THE STREETLIFE PODCAST: JOHN ST. & MARK J. DAVIDSON THE PICTORIAL LIST: Hello John and Mark, firstly congratulations on the podcast! Please start off by introducing the StreetLife Podcast to us. What is it about? JOHN ST: StreetLife is a podcast on all things street photography. It’s a casual, pub-like chat where we have conversations with inspiring, creative and influential photographers from around the world. We also sprinkle in a few episodes where Mark and myself share our thoughts or opinions on particular topics on the genre street photography. MARK DAVIDSON: We felt there was a gap in the photography world for a podcast dedicated to street photography; there are a number of podcasts on photography more broadly - fashion, adventure, portrait, gear etc - but none that focused solely on street photography and we wanted to be having those conversations. We have loved hearing from street photographers about their work and what makes them tick. TPL: Tell us something about yourselves. How did you both first become interested in street photography and what keeps you drawn to it? Personally, what experience do you bring to the podcast? JS: I fell into street photography when I was forced to get a 'smart' phone for a new role at work. With that phone came a camera so I started to take pics of myself and my dog on our early morning runs as well as images of coffee (another love affair of mine) as I’d write coffee shop reviews. I then progressed into taking pics of the architecture and buildings in my home city of Adelaide which led to some frustration as people would walk into my shots! So, I thought I’d be clever and try and work those people into my shots not realising that this could be considered street/urban photography. My journey into street photography was complete when I stumbled across a Sean Tucker video when trying to learn how to make my terrible images look marginally better using apps. It was watching lots of Sean’s videos that made me take the plunge into buying a real camera. I’ve been shooting different cities around Australia for almost 4 years now. I guess I’ve stuck with street photography because it allows me to be present in the moment neither worrying about the future nor concerning myself about the past. As for what I bring to the show? Ummm…a witty charm that keeps you engaged instead of yawning and falling asleep at the wheel? I’m thinking the people listening would be able to answer that question better than myself. MD: In my day job I’m a breakfast radio producer, so from a technical standpoint I brought that experience to the podcast. As far as street photography is concerned, I still consider myself a work in progress, a novice. I have been shooting on the street for roughly three years, with COVID interrupting most of that. I’m very much still learning the craft. But I don’t feel that lack of longevity is an issue being a co-host of a street photography podcast. Each episode is very much about our guests and their journey, not so much about myself. John and I have opinions on street photography and we very much want these conversations to be relaxed chats rather than intensive interviews. But at the same time want the spotlight to be firmly on the guest. TPL: What do you hope the podcast is able to address, and what topics are you interested in pursuing? What position would you like for the podcast to occupy in this large world of photography? JS: Street podcast world domination of course! So be sure to tell your friends! Yeah, narrrr...I just want to be a conduit that gives old and new street togs out there the opportunity to listen and learn from the people we have on the show. We’ve been incredibly lucky to have spoken to some pretty heavy-hitters and some not so well known but no less talented shooters. Maybe listening to the stories about their journey will inspire our listeners to grow further themselves or perhaps stick with the genre when things aren’t going so well. The ultimate goal is to remain relevant, fun, humorous, interesting and as informative as possible and hopefully this recipe will encourage our audience to grow. MD: To be the greatest street photography podcast in the world, of course! Joking aside, I’d hope the podcast is a resource for people getting into street, as well as a forum for passionate street photographers to learn from some of the current greats of the industry. We’ve been very fortunate to have some world-class photographers on the podcast already. And I’d also like the podcast to be a vehicle for up-and-comers to get their work out there and to chat about their love of street photography. © Jesse Marlow BEHIND THE SCENES: Interview with Jesse Marlow © Julia Coddington BEHIND THE SCENES: Interview with Julia Coddington © Daniel Dunlop BEHIND THE SCENES: Interview with Daniel Dunlop © Betty Goh BEHIND THE SCENES: Interview with Betty Goh © Knox Bertie BEHIND THE SCENES: Interview with Knox Bertie © Prithi Dey BEHIND THE SCENES: Interview with Prithi Dey © Sean Tucker BEHIND THE SCENES: Interview with Sean Tucker TPL: Has working on the podcast so far, changed how you view street photography. If so, how? JS: I would say it would be that you need to have a purpose for doing what you’re doing. I always appreciate listening to other people’s opinions and thoughts (even those that are different to my own) on the often polarising genre that is street photography. MD: In a sense it probably has. We recently had a chat with Jesse Marlow and I was interested to hear him talk about the length of time it takes for him to finish a project. It was a good reminder that there’s no rush. It’s important to take your time. Shoot for the love of it. TPL: So far, what is the most enjoyable and fulfilling aspect of being a host of a podcast? JS: Having the opportunity to speak to so many photographers from around the world and then sharing that with others. The biggest reward is the feedback from people who took the time to listen to the podcasts and letting us know how much they’ve enjoyed listening to them. It’s very much appreciated so thanks everyone. MD: As I mentioned earlier, the access we’ve been getting has far been astonishing! It has definitely exceeded my expectations. It’s been a pure joy to have spoken to some of the world-beating photographers we’ve had on the podcast thus far, people I have long admired. Also the fact that it seems to have resonated with the photographers who listen. John and I have had incredible feedback so far. I feel lucky to be doing this. TPL: Street photography is a very complex genre, so in some sense there are many views on what street photography is. What catches your eye among the flood of images that are on offer? What kind of image is groundbreaking for you these days? JS: I like and appreciate all the different styles of street photography. I’m drawn to images that make me look and see the world differently than I, myself may see it. MD: I like something that challenges me or hits me in the guts when I’m scrolling through Instagram. I get excited when I see a photo and I don’t know how the photographer got the shot. I’d never want to impose my views or preferences of street photography on others - people can shoot whatever they like - but I do have an unapologetic bias towards candid, undoctored photography. The podcast is a resource for people getting into street, as well as a forum for passionate street photographers to learn from some of the current greats of the industry. TPL: Recently you mentioned on the podcast that you were told by a photographer that “all the good photos have already been taken”. You both disagreed with this photographer’s comment. Why? JS: I couldn’t disagree more with that somewhat cynical comment/statement. There are still future moments that have yet to be captured. None of us know whether those moments will be better or worse than those previously captured and we never will be if we aren’t there to freeze and capture time with the press of our shutter button. MD: I agree that stylistically there is a lot of repetition in street photography but I have to disagree with the notion that every good photo has already been taken. Of course that’s not true. Society is constantly changing and street photographers are going to continually document the world and way we live in it. If someone had made that statement 15 years ago, think of all the things that would never have been photographed. The iPhone for one! TPL: What photographer has made the most impact on you and that you would like to interview for the podcast? JS: Garry Winogrand, Gordon Parks and Saul Leiter. Going to be a little tricky getting any of them to agree to join us on a podcast as they’re unfortunately no longer with us. I’d really love to speak to Trent Parke, Alex Webb or Tatsuo Suzuki. MD: I’d love to interview Joel Meyerwitz and Trent Parke. I don’t think Trent does many interviews these days, so that might be tricky. Speak to Joel would be an immense privilege. TPL: Where do you discover the photographers that you want to interview? If someone wants to be on your podcast, how do they submit? What can photographers do to stand out from the crowd? JS: We started with a list of people that both Mark and I admire and love. People we interview will often bring up names of photographers that neither of us were aware of and they will get added to the list too! I’m always flicking Mark links to photographer’s accounts I’ve come across over Instagram. MD: Before we started we had a list. We’re still working our way through that list and to our wonderful surprise we’ve had around a 95% hit rate so far! We’re always on the lookout for new and exciting photographers. Hit us up with a DM or send an email to podcast.streetlife@gmail.com © Oscar Wollsten BEHIND THE SCENES: Interview with Oscar Wollsten © Hugh Rawson BEHIND THE SCENES: Interview with Hugh Rawson © B Jane Levine BEHIND THE SCENES: Interview with B Jane Levine © Gustavo Minas BEHIND THE SCENES: Interview with Gustavo Minas © Tom Baumgaertel BEHIND THE SCENES: Interview with Tom Baumgaertel © Alex Munoz BEHIND THE SCENES: Interview with Alex Munoz © Nico Froelich BEHIND THE SCENES: Interview with Nico Froelich TPL: Do you ever feel nervous before/during a podcast? If so, what do you do to overcome any fears? What would you say to someone who wants to aspire to start a podcast? JS: You’re always a little nervous as you don’t really know the personality of the person you’re going to be talking to and they don’t know us either! MD: I find gin and tonic helps! Any nerves that either John and I have are quickly dispelled once we start the conversation. Every one we’ve spoken to has been so lovely and generous with their time. We’ve not had any awkward or tricky moments so far! TPL: Finally, what are some of your goals for the Streetlife Podcast? Where do you hope to see yourselves in five years? JS: Wow! 5 years is a long way down the line. I really hope the podcast continues to be enjoyed but most of all continue to be relevant to street photographers everywhere which then hopefully manifests itself into more people tuning in. As for advice on starting a podcast? Ummm JUST DO IT! MD: I said to John my goal is to record 50 episodes. He nearly spat out his Cornflakes when I told him that! We’re getting close to halfway there so I think that’s a realistic goal. In truth, I don’t have an end point in mind. I just know so many podcasts run out of steam after a few episodes. That hasn’t been the case with us. I think our conversations have become easier and improved as we’ve gone along. I’d love to be doing this for many years to come! I’m having a blast doing it now. It’s been incredibly rewarding. Let’s hope Street Life is kicking goals in five year’s time! ​ ​ Together both, John and Mark saw the need for a platform that would create discussions around street photography. They have worked hard cultivating a fine diverse group of street photographers to support their mission and inspire other like minded individuals out there in the industry. If you have not listened to their Podcast, give it a go, you will not be disappointed! Be careful, you may binge listen, don’t say we didn’t warn you! LISTEN TO STREETLIFE Read an interview with John >>> Read an interview with Mark >>> John's Instagram >>> Mark's Instagram >>> read more interviews >>> NATURE KNOWS NO PAUSE Through her photographs Ann Petruckevitch captures the resilience of nature amidst the challenges of climate change, serving as a reflection on humanity’s relationship with the natural world. URBAN ECHOES Through his project “Echo,” Rowell B. Timoteo extends an invitation to explore the vibrant streets of San Fernando, where his lens captures the nuanced interplay of light, shadow, and human emotion. COLORS OF A GREY CITY In Rafa Rojas' photography project, we witness the convergence of passion and purpose, a visual ode to the city of São Paulo he calls home. PRIMAL INSTINCT Tara Sellios invites us to explore the interplay of life and death, of decay and beauty, and to find within that juxtaposition a reflection of our own existential journey. OPPORTUNITIES The Pictorial List partners with International Photography Awards, enhancing resources for photographers worldwide. We interview IPA founder Hossein Farmani, a visionary in photography. MINIMALIST REVERIE Nazanin Davari's minimalist style invites you to an imaginative world where silence and freedom converge, painting unseen beauty with her lens. THE AUTHENTIC GAZE: THE DON'T SMILE PROJECT Delve into the visual anthology of urban youth, a collection of moments where the mundane transcends into the profound, sparked by the click of Amy Horowitz's camera. BLACK AND WHITE WITH A THREAD OF RED Valeria Cunha is fascinated by the street, using it as inspiration to find structure amidst the confusion. Her photography creates intriguing connections and relationships through dynamic compositions that convey emotion. TALES OF A CITY With a passion for exploring the world through his camera lens, Seigar brings a unique perspective to his art, infused with reflections, colors, and icons. 18 >> 20 Elsa Arrais composed a simultaneously artistic, emotional, poetic and imagery portrait of her city in a predetermined period of time. WOMEN WARRIORS OF AZERBAIJAN Fidan Nazimqizi is aware of distinct challenges the women in her community are confronted with on a daily basis. Their struggles have become a focus for her photography. SHOOT NEW YORK CITY Leanne Staples is a passionate and driven street photographer whose honest perspective of city life captures both its simplicity and complexity. TRANSTEMPORAL Russell Cobb is an incredible photographer and storyteller who offers viewers a chance to step into the past and explore the nuances of culture and history. A LOVE SONG TO THE AMERICAN WEST We have the pleasure of seeing and hearing the visual stories created between photographer, Ross Taylor and musician, Russick Smith. As the wind sweeps through the landscapes the notes of a cello fill every void. JESSE'S STORY Jesse’s story becomes a timeless testament of an unconventional and successful fighter. Andrée Thorpe invites us to reflect on the inspiring journey of this brave individual. WALKING BUENOS AIRES We take a deep dive into the journey of Alex Gottfried Bonder - an artist who has spent many years uncovering the soul of Buenos Aires through street photography. UNDER THE COVERS WITH AMERICAN BEDROOM Barbara Peacock, opens the door to her subjects' bedroom, revealing their intimate thoughts and emotions. Discover the confidence and trust shared between the photographer and subject for an authentic and inspiring experience. BEYOND SIGHT Doug Winter is a photographic artist using his unique perspective as a semi-sighted individual to explore the experiences of partial blindness and vision disabilities. ETERNITY Eternity is a pictorial story about Konrad Hellfeuer's own personal journey with religion and how photography has helped him find peace within it. CROSSING THE AVENUE Get ready to be transported by the street photography of Juan Sostre. His mastery of technique and ability to observe the world around him, allows us to experience the street in a whole different light.

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