Matt Stuart has a sense of Humour

Street photography, Dublin, Ireland

A Street Photograph from Dublin.

As street photography is one of the fastest growing forms of popular photography, you only have to look at the amount of photography forums and photography blogs on the internet,  here is a short video by one of the best modern street photographers, Matt Stuart.  I love his work, I cannot get enough of the humour and his love of the bizarre.  Coincidentally I saw in the Gaurdian this morning that he is giving a masterclass in London in June, the details are here.  I am Not sure if that is connected with the London street photography festival though it could be.  Tempting, very tempting!!!!

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About briancooney123

HOW I GOT HERE Of course, I wasn’t always a full time photographer. I spent a lot of time in the corporate world. I had a job which paid well, but just didn’t excite me. I remember the day when I had had enough. Enough of selling myself short, enough of dreaming too small, enough of doing what others expected of me. I had put away my dreams and told myself I would get back to them later, but somehow there always seemed to be something else that had to get done first. A friend of mine had recommended I take the NLP Business Practitioners course, and although I was really busy, I decided to do it. During that time, I began to imagine the different paths my life could take from here. While I had a hazy picture of what this other life might look like, I had a clear picture of where my current life was going if I didn’t change. It was a scary moment, a bit like standing on the edge of a cliff deciding whether to jump into the great unknown or stay on the cliff, safe but trapped. I jumped. The transition to the life I wanted was challenging The transition to the life I wanted was challenging but I would never go back. After that day I resolved to do what I love, to follow my bliss.  Picking up a camera after several years away, I found that many things had changed, the digital age had arrived. In the intervening years, I was too busy to pay any attention to my photography, and occasionally when I took something I really liked, I would think “how do some photographs seem so captivating and others leave me completely cold?” I knew this is what I was meant to do Somehow though, I knew this is what I was meant to do. I dedicated myself to learning everything I could about being a photographer. I took many, many courses and I read every book I could get my hands on, I still do. Since then, I have dedicated myself to helping other creative photographers achieve the results they want. And what a journey it has been. Last year I qualified as a coach. My main area of interest is creativity and helping others to express their vision. WHAT I BELIEVE Along the way, I’ve learnt that there are no rules. Experiment, explore, play. My advice is to make your art from your heart, not for the praise or the money.  Lighten up. It’s important to take your photography seriously, but it's a mistake to take yourself too seriously. Finally, you get what you want when you never, ever give up so enjoy every minute of it and just do it!
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3 Responses to Matt Stuart has a sense of Humour

  1. Lorna says:

    While I do think they are fabulous, I’m wondering why the increase in popularity in street photography – is it about finding beauty in the ordinary?

    • Well I don’t exactly know but the Internet has played a huge role in its popularity. You only have to look at sites like Flickr to see the amount of street photography groups. For example last year and the previous year a group was set up to promote a book called street photography now, Matt Staurt is one of the photographers featured, and thousands of people participated and contributed images to the pool. It’s about finding beauty in the ordinary, it’s about humour, looking for the ridiculous, it has energy, sex, violence, love etc, I guess it’s holding up a mirror to society and that’s what is intriguing about it. You can spend all day looking and come home with nothing but sore feet but the next day you’ll do it all again.

      • Lorna says:

        ah, thanks for explaining it. I can understand wanting to capture the beauty in the ordinary but thanks for explaining the surge in popularity.

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