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All photographs by Nicholas Goodden. Used with permission.

While most street photographers are sticking by their straightforward captures of urban life and bustle, London based urban photographer Nicholas Goodden, inspired by visual artist Kelly Goeller and his nostalgic love for video games, offers an unusual and quirky take on street photography with his ongoing Pixilated People series.

Known for his powerful street and urban landscape images, Nicholas explains how the project came about:

“The Pixelated People project in an ongoing urban photography project which came to life after I recalled a brilliant piece of NYC street art entitled Pixel Pour by Kelly Goeller. This was essentially a water pipe pouring out pixelated water made of blue tiles. Being a video game obsessed teenager in the eighties has had an influence as well I guess.”

In this cool, albeit short, series, Nicholas turns people into pixels as they go about their day in the city streets, which by contrast looks completely normal and un-video game like. Flanked by urban art, a recurrent subject in his work, in shabby spots in the city, the people in Pixilated People quite literally – at least in the photographs – transform into 80s video game characters.

Why, exactly? If you’re scratching your head on this one, don’t worry – it’s what Nicholas set out to do:

“I wanted to make sure the viewer ended up a bit confused and with unanswered questions after seeing my photos. It features people who feel slightly out of place in our gritty, street art / graffiti covered cities… something quite common actually.”

It’s probably not something today’s youth can understand without looking it up on Google, but the images in Pixelated People will most likely conjure familiarity and sentimental longing for those of us who have lived the 80s.

Itching to take out and dust off that old Atari sitting in your closet, yet?

To see more of Nicholas Goodden’s work, visit his website or follow him on Twitter for updates.


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We’re going to let you in on a fact of life: no matter what you’re doing, you need to get the shot. No one will sit there and give you the benefit of the doubt that maybe you were nervous; they want you to work to get what you needed to accomplish. And in street photography, you always saying that you’re too shy to capture a moment or get close to a subject will mean that in the end you’re probably not going to produce an image that works. Of course, there are exceptions, but it’s also a generally accepted notion that shooting wide is one of the best options that you can do when shooting the streets.

And even if you’re just getting into the medium, it’s always best to start wide.

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Richard Selby Cops

Street photographer versus cops: the unfortunate eternal struggle. Now the latest fight according to the Amateur Photographer involves the Brighton, East Sussex police stopping 81-year-old photographer Richard for taking pictures of some women dressed up for a hen party (essentially a bachelorette party). Two uniformed officers approached the Selby on West Street and threatened to arrest him if he did not identify himself

After threatening to arrest Richard, the officer called over a police sergeant. Surrounded by four police officers and fearing a weekend in a cell, Richard finally relinquished his identity. After the incident a police spokesperson explained the sergeant was in his right because Richard’s actions could have been considered as “antisocial.”

Digging into a little bit of legalese Section 50 of the Police Reform Act 2002 requires citizens to give up their name and address if the office believes they have been “acting in an antisocial method.” As for what accounts for antisocial behavior, the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 defines it as “acting in a ‘manner that caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.”

“[Richard] was acting in an antisocial manner and in these circumstances a police officer may request a name and address to establish a person’s identity,” the police said in a statement published yesterday. “There is a power of arrest if this is refused.” In short the situation could set a precedence where photography may be considered as antisocial or harmful behavior to the public.

The police also defamed Richard’s actions alleging one of his photos may have been shot at an inappropriately low angle and clearly shows a teenager girl’s posterior. We’re not going to mince words here—the cops are accusing Richard of being an old pervert. Richard denies the claim, noting the dozen or so photos have any girls bending over or teenage girls. Moving forward Richard says he plans on taking his complaint up the chain to the local police commissioner and maybe even the Home Secretary.

Via Amateur Photographer

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Due to the nature of the work that I do, I was recently asked how I stay out of trouble with the police. The question caught me off guard. The person asking the question brought up the fact that I’m always in New York with a camera. In my photography life, I have occasionally run across my share of bigots. But photographers are mostly a great community of people–and the issue some photographers have is their race and the law. Not everyone is treated equally 100% of the time. As an adult I have rarely, if ever, been singled out and stopped. I am not going to say I have never been harassed but when I was young–I quickly learned how not to make myself a target for police. As a photographer, I worried about that subject even more. So here is my answer.

Editor’s Note: Chris Gampat has co-authored this piece.

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ONA has always created beautiful and simplistic camera bags. And today’s announcement of the Leather Price Street is no exception to their award winning lineup. Designed for street photographers and those with a more mobile/guerilla oriented shooting style, we’re sure that any shooter would wear this bag with pride.

With a full leather exterior, superb interior padding, and a suggested retail price of $389 we’d like to remind you at this point in the article to please ensure that the drool from your mouth doesn’t hit the keyboard–that’s just unattractive and embarrassing when you take it in for repair and tell the techs.

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Photos by Aref Jdey. Used with permission

There are loads and loads of issues with street photography: one of which is the issue of someone’s rights in public. Photographer Aref Jdey started in photography by shooting wildlife but then wanted to transition into street photography–but many ethical and legal issues held him back. After some thought about this, he figured out solution: inserting the faces of characters in famous paintings into the photos. That’s the focus behind his project “Addendum” which involves shooting the images with a Leica X2, some Photoshop compositing and processing in Nik Silver Efex to make the images look like vintage pieces of film.

“I’ve been struggling with legal issues and permission inquiries wherever I was traveling, losing many opportunities to make some good shots.” says Aref. “And when I saw the last work of Nastya Nudnik, I told myself let’s give it a try, but instead of icons, I’ll insert paintings personae and characters, reversing the process.”

Aref’s images are both hilarious and well executed from an art perspective. You can see more after the jump or on his Tumblr.

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