Photograph: “Streets of Dublin” by Mike Johnson (username “spatialpan” on Flickr).
Originally shared on the Photofocus Flickr community right here.
Why I picked this image: This image grabbed my attention because I saw a story in it right away. The fog creates an inhospitable environment and a person with all his belonging wanders alone on the street. In the background you see busy daily commuters on their way to work, school etc. Through the fog it looks like they are living in a parallel world to this lonely man roaming the street. And except for a few details that you have to look for in the image, the image could have been taken 60 years ago. And it’s hard to make an image timeless.
Street photography can document social changes and also be a critique of society. But we also need to be aware that street photographers often don’t interact with their subjects. Therefore the stories that each of us see can often not be verified. But this is part of the magic of street photography.
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