Street choreography

Jouko Leskelä, Esplanadi, 1980. Hopeagelatiinivedos. Suomen valokuvataiteen museo

For Jouko Leskelä (b. 1956), street photography means snapping pictures freely and staying alert while he is in the street. This picture was taken while the photographer was walking down the Esplanade in downtown Helsinki. The motion led to slight blurriness in the center of the image.

“Three women walking at the same pace in different directions. The great joy of traditional film is that you only notice the most thrilling snapshots once they have been developed. A dance-like moment, just one frame – a sliver of time so brief that it doesn’t have time to stick in your mind as an image, but is only discovered by surprise in the film. Did I take that?” - Jouko Leskelä, 2009

 

Tapahtumat, työpajat ja kurssit
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