It was great to hear from our fellow Lobster user, Max Gor, about his involvement in the Extinction Rebellion protests, what he does to recycle at home and for helping us to spread #ClimateAwareness!
In case you didn’t catch his #TAKEOVER on our Instagram last week, we’ve got Max’s answers here – in a little more detail – to the questions you guys asked!
If you’re interested in hearing about Max’s work as a street photographer and to find out some tips, keep reading!
Q: What do you do in your day-to-day to reduce, reuse or recycle?
A: As a family, we stopped using plastic bags, we say that when you get one from the shop, a dolphin dies, this works very well on us. We are also giving away household items which we do not need anyone which can still be used by someone else. Same with cloth – that gets donated to charity. Household rubbish gets sorted of course – we’ve got separate bins for food waste, plastic, paper – all other rubbish goes into general bins.
Q: How important is documenting these moments in climate change history?
A: I probably will not produce a magnum agency worthy documentary, but I hope my few shots helped to spread awareness of actions other people taking to save our planet. So yes, I think it is important.
Q: How long have you been doing street photography?
A: Difficult to tell, to be honest, possibly 5 years or so.
Q: What camera/equipment do you use to take your photos?
A: Most of the time I am shooting with Olympus Pen-F with its 14-42 kit lens. Love that combo, it is super light, fast to focus and in particular I love the wide angle of the lens, which gives me a 28mm field of view. In the past I was shooting a lot with Olympus 17mm F/1.8 lens, which is a very capable lens as well. Sometimes I fancy my old friend Canon 5d MK2 wearing 40mm F/2.8 lens. For both cameras I have got external flushes, which I use sometimes.
Q: Do you have any tips for an aspiring street photographer?
A: Street photography has nothing to do with camera or lens as such, so guys, please, stop worrying about it. Any camera you have got now is an awesome camera for street photography. Street photography is a very hot topic these days, there are a lot of articles and books written about it, so the biggest favour an aspiring street photographer can give to himself is to spend some time on buildup some theoretical knowledge about the subject. If you just started street photography, or thinking about it, go to https://streetphotography.com/michael-ernest-sweet/ read all the articles you can find on that page and there is a free download of “A Guide To Street Photography” by Michael Ernest Sweet – I can’t recommend this book enough.
Q: How do you accurately convey a story in your photos?
A: I think we should consider two facts here:
- A photographer is a human, who possibly may take one or another side or possibly have own their view on a particular problem or issue and this may impact his storytelling.
- Stories told by means of the visual language of photography are subject to the viewers personal interpretations. To answer the question – accuracy of a visual story is a very subjective thing. When I shoot reportage, I am trying to take straight pictures, but if we are talking about street photography, it’s a highly creative process.
To see more of Max’s great work, you can find him on Instagram under the handle of @rawstreets or on Twitter under the handle of @max_gor.
We will be announcing the winner of the #ClimateAwareness challenge at the end of next week. If you haven’t already submitted and you’d like to enter to win a $50 cash prize, you can do so by following this link >> https://lobster.media/challenges/climate-awareness