I am currently in San Fransisco attending StreetFoto SF where I am participating in a panel as well as teaching a 2-Day street photography workshop. While here, I am taking advantage of one of the world's most beautiful cities.
Though it is only a short flight from Los Angeles, I do not make it up here often enough, which is unfortunate. This city is awash with great culture, people, and food, but also an abundance of great scenes for street photography.
I don't need to look much further than some of the Bay Area photographers that I follow on Instagram to see what I am often missing by not visiting more frequently. One of those photographers who I have a special affinity for is Richard Koci Hernandez.
Koci, who I interviewed for my show in Episode 113, is a talented photographer who has built an amazing body of work largely using his smartphone. Though he has an exemplary pedigree as a photojournalist and documentary photographer, it is his work on the streets that constantly leaves me in awe and inspired.
Though his approach involves manipulation of the image using a variety of apps on his smartphone, his imagery is derived from much more than just some cool filters. It is his sensibility and how he interprets the city and its inhabitants. His images often take on cinematic aesthetic, inspiring questions of story and narrative.
Looking through his photographs, I am constantly amazed by how he sees scenes that are familiar to me, but that I have never considered in his particular style and approach. As I explore the city myself, I hope not to merely emulate Koci, but to use his inspiration to push myself to see the world not just a little differently, but hopefully with a greater sense of whimsy.