“The problem is that it is illegal in France to publish a photograph of someone made in a public place without their permission, which means that in the very birthplace of street photography it is now very difficult to make street photographs,” shared by Nick Turpin, just one of many renowned street photographers BBC.co.uk featured. It seems European countries like France can prove to be more than a tad challenging for street photographers. Having all that said, when a passion is truly a passion, no obstacle can really hinder you to pursue it, just get to know Yves Vernin.
Yves Vernin is an ethnologist who grew to love street photography. Based in Marseille, France, Vernin has gone to photograph this charming city’s shades and forms. Street Photography is all about capturing the candidness and honesties of real life, and what more beauty is there but in the cities of France, from romantic infrastructures like the famous Eiffel Tower, to French Riviera auras of Cannes, and even to a wide range of events from popular Tour de France, surprising Paris Chinese Festival, and breakthrough World Poker Tours. For shy photographers like Vernin who feel awkward taking photos of people in public, he goes with techniques that similar photographers like Angie Muldowney does, one of which is to go to places where there are other people taking photos. Case in point would be events may it be cultural festivals, or sports gatherings like biking or poker. France has plenty of those. For casual yet equally thrilling affairs, World Poker Tours are a good choice. In partnership with www.partypoker.fr, this April will be the grand Partypoker WPT Nationals Cannes. The poker competition will be hosted by Le Croisette Casino Barriere de Cannes on 11 to 15 April 2013. For those inclined to active subjects or grandiose backgrounds, this type of sporting affair can be really appealing. Of course, aside from poker events, there are many choices this European capital of romance can offer.
As introduced, France can be tricky as a location of choice for Street Photographers. Like many European countries, France prohibits the taking of identifiable photos of persons without their consent. However, in seeing the work of Vernin as showcased by internationally renowned street photographer Eric Kim, such restrictions are no excuse to capture the artistry of public places. Thanks to Vernin’s social bashfulness, he found a way to go around the country’s strict rules. He aims more on shadows and lights with people essentially complimenting the overall creative ideas of his shots. What come out are photos with dramatic and romantic themes emanating from them.
“When I shoot on the streets, I don’t think much about composition. Rather, I go by intuition and with my gut.” This is what Venin tells Eric in an article about the Marseille local. “To work the rough lights of Marseille, I often wait until the sun is low. I look for an object which I can use as my main subject. I then wait for people to walk by at the right time, to create an interesting silhouette, shadows–or for something unexpected to happen! After that, it is a lot of patience, and luck.” That and more over at Eric’s blog.