There was an unanimous decision among IG’s moderators for this month’s picture.
Nikos Fysilanis presents to us what can be called a creative street portrait. And if the purists will throw the first stone about staging, we invite them to think twice, because “it’s reading that counts.”
In The Balcony, a play by Jean Genet, after a staged photographic session of bishops, generals and judges (what a mix!) the Queen is informed:
THE ENVOY : It's a true image, born of a false spectacle.
FIRST PHOTOGRAPHER (cynically) : That's common practice, your Majesty. When some rebels were captured, we paid a militiaman to bump off a chap I'd just sent to buy me a packet of cigarettes. The photo shows a rebel shot down while trying to escape.
THE QUEEN: Monstrous!
THE ENVOY : But have things ever happened otherwise? History was lived so that a glorious page might be written, and then read. It's reading that counts.
(Marius Petrescu, Panagiotis Kalkavouras, Michail Moscholios)
The Bulb Collective consists of photographers active in urban (and rural) photography with an expressive shift to include highly aesthetic and poetic images in their assignments.