Tel Street is not a studio. Street Photography moments.
Photographer: Gabi Ben-Avraham
Bio: I am an Israeli-born street photographer presently living in Tel Aviv. After flirting with an initial fascination with photography and film cameras in the 1980’s, I went on to pursue a career as an IT manager and put my love for the still image aside.
Fortunately, my interest never disappeared: while the passion lay dormant for decades, all it took was the gift of a camera from my wife to awaken my inclination towards photography again.
The Street is not a Studio. Sometimes I stand and wait for things to converge – a cyclist, a dancer, a child – moving along. Street Photography/Documentary is my favorite way of looking at the world.
My camera has become an integral part of me and I cannot imagine myself without it. Everywhere I go I take it with me thinking ‘maybe today will be my lucky day and I will take the photo of my life’. Via the camera lens I am constantly looking around me, searching for that ‘decisive’ moment that will never return, unless I catch it. When pushing the button, I try to make some sense, restore order to the chaotic scheme of things in the composition, tell the story behind the scene and frame a surrealistic moment. The components ‘speak’ with each other in a special dialogue, either by color (I prefer B&W, I add color only when it is meaningful), shape, or light. Capturing the elusive, special moment after which things will never be the same and making it eternal – that is my goal.
Forgotten, transparent people in urban surroundings are being granted their moment of grace. The shadows, fragile outlines, reflections within daily lives that are not noticed in the busy and thick urban landscape and sometimes are even crushed by it – these are precious to me. Those expressions and compositions are to be treasured before they are lost in time.
Reality is a sequence of never-ending scenes. The camera is an instrument to freeze the moment, isolate it and take it out of context. Alternative reality is the moment existing in the mind of its creator.
At a single click, the photographer tries to fill the insignificance around him with significance. The components “speak” with each other in a unique dialogue made of composition, color, light, shadow and shape.
The photographer creates a private and intimate hallucination and shares it with the viewer. The moment made eternal by the act of shooting is ‘the decisive moment’, a junction of reality and fiction, real and surreal. The photographer links the possible with the impossible and even though the moment fades, it is burnt in the memory of the viewer.
I shoot independently for a few years and teach in Street Photography workshops.
I am a member of “Thestreetcollective”, http://www.thestreetcollective.com/ which was founded in 2013, and have since been documenting the occurrences of the streets from a personal perspective. The Collective’s aim is not only to encourage street photography in general, but to offer up and coming street photographers the opportunity to share projects with a larger audience.