BLOW Photo #10: Urban Scenes — Dublin, Ireland

There are so many ways to describe the photographic genre we focus on in this issue of blow: urbanscapes, observational photography, accidental revelations, street encounters, urban scenes… street photography is all of these things and more. It evolves, continuously exploring the many aspects of human life in urban spaces.

Street photography is an uninterrupted practice extending back to the invention of photography itself. It delights in the poetic promises that an inquisitive mind, eye and a camera can conjure out of everyday mundane life. A great street photograph might only capture a split second of real life, but in a single frame it can condense an extraordinary amount of truth. There is such wit and honesty in those distilled moments, and yet the fleeting nature of time stares right back at us.

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