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This morning, just before I left for work, I was looking at the video linked in   one of the previous journals of  :iconthestreetjournal: , where street photographer John Free speaks about "The-Five-Fs-of-Street-Photography" .
I particularly was touched by his introduction, and replayed it several times to write out this quote:

"You know, a lot of people say: "it's all about the eyes, and what you see" ... That photographers are seers....
No no no, I don't believe that. The eyes and seeing, they are just part of the tools that we use, just like the camera and the lens, the film ... It's not the eyes. Anybody can see that has eyes to see.
It's what we feel, and that we get out of the heart that matters. We have to convey a passion. We have to convey an understanding, we have to convey somebody's soul under their shirt."
(street photographer John Free)

With these words, John Free expressed exactly what it is that attracts me so much in street photography... The ability to be somehow touched by the soul of the people I meet on the street, and the possibility of capturing something of that, and sharing it with others, for them to be touched as well...

I've been making quite a lot of street images again, over the last few months, and have been uploading quite a few of them here on dA recently.
Some of them good, some less good, but each of them, images that somehow felt 'right' to me - because they somehow conveyed something of the 'distant encounter' with the people captured, and disclosed some aspects, some moments of their daily life, in all it's variety. Oh, no doubt, I'm always struggling with the technical aspects of my street photo's... some lack sharpness, some lack focus, or framing, or missed just the right moment... There is always something that is not exactly right, that could be better. And sure enough, there is always so much more to learn.

But when I uploaded "Innocent coffeecup romance":steppeland.deviantart.com/art/… last night, together with a handful other images I made on the funfair in Tilburg last Saturday, I knew that it has at least that: that little spark of heart, of soul, that is so important in my work as a street photographer.



How great was my surprise, and excitement - when I came back home after work - to find that exactly this image has been picked out and honoured with a DD by the great street photographer and current Community Volunteer for the Street Photography Gallery :iconstamatisgr: ...  StamatisGR has been my first introducer and great inspirator for street photography for several years now, and I value his work and his opinion very high. So this DD, the first for one of my street photographs, is one that thrills me to pieces (guess that's not a good English expression- but I'm sure you'll get what I mean LOL).

So thank you, Stamatis, for this great honour, and for all the support and encouragement I, and so many other (aspirant and experienced) street photographers received from you over the years. What you have been doing for Street photography here on dA - through :iconthe-yard-collective: and now as Community Volunteer for the Street Gallery - is beyond any measurement! You deserve a goldmedal for that!

Thank you all for your support of my work, and for the street-photographers among my friends, watchers and visitors here on dA... : Keep streeting with a :heart: !

Because "It's not the eyes, it's the heart that matters..." !!

:heart:

Steppeland



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Hillbillygirl Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Congradulations!!!!! You so deserve this DD!
I always find that your photos finds and holds the soul of what you capture. It is seen in the object of the photo showing emotion, happiness, or even mystery of the moment.
Your work always leaves me with contentment and understanding of your photos.
You are a brilliant artist whose work I love to see. :hug:
Again, my sweet friend, congradulations!!!! :iconhug1plz:
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steppeland Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012   Photographer
Wow, thank you so much for these beautiful words, and for your kindness, Penny! I indeed always feel that you sense the essence of my images. I really appreciate that a lot! Thank you so much for your friendship and support! :hug:
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Hillbillygirl Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
You are so very welcome my friend. :hug:
I always love seeing your beautiful work! I am always left feeling happy when I see a piece of your work. I am left in awe of your shots.
It is words of truth spoken from my heart. :iconhug1plz:
You will always have my friendship and support my dear friend. :hug:
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steppeland Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012   Photographer
:hug: :blowkiss:
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zraclooc Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
:iconcongratsddplz:
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steppeland Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012   Photographer
Thanks a lot! :)
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zraclooc Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
:iconyourewelcomesignplz:
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Anvh Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Gefeliciteerd, met je tweede DD of is hat je derde? =]
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steppeland Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012   Photographer
Dank je wel, Stefan, 2de hier - en 3 op mijn stock account... :faint: - Maar deze is wel héél byzonder, omdat het mijn minst vertrouwde, maar wel héél dierbare fotografie stijl is... (of hoe noem je zoiets nou, die categorieën in fotografie...? )
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Anvh Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Zoveel al =]
Ik heb naar je straatfoto's zitten kijken en weet niet goed wat ik er mee aan moet omdat straatfotografie mij zo vreemd is en ik vindt het zelf niet zo interesant ^^;
Ieder zijn ding toch en jij hebt er heel veel plezier aan zo te lezen en met de DD maakt het allemaal wel heel bijzonder :)
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steppeland Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012   Photographer
Nou, kan ik me voorstellen, hoor - er zijn er wel meer die niet zo goed raad weten met die straat fotografie. Maar inderdaad, ik beleef er wel heel veel plezier aan. Het is mijn tweede grote liefde naast natuur fotografie - en al lijkt het dan dat ik de laatste tijd véél straat doe - da's toch alleen maar omdat ik die het meest oplaad hier op dA. Mijn natuur en landschap gaat vaker naar Redbubble, en heeft in elk geval in kwantiteit nog steeds het overwicht ;) -

Jij bent dan weer vaker bezig met muziek en concert fotografie - en daar heb ik weer minder mee, hoewel ik wél zie dat je fantastische opnames maakt! Inderdaad,zo ontwikkelt ieder zijn eigen interessegebieden en 'specialiteiten' - en die kunnen best ook nog weer variëren met de tijd... ;)
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Anvh Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Leuk om te horen en je blijft ook lekker bezig. =]
Helaas zit ik nooit op redbubble dus ik mis je foto's :(

Voor mij staat alles op een laag pitje, druk met werk en geen zin meestal...
Ben van plan als vrijwilliger voor 3 voor 12 misschien te gaan werken, dan kan ik gratis naar concerten toe, als ik de tijd heb en het dwing me dan ook om te gaan...
7 augustus wel een scene van een film op nemen en verlichten, ben ik nog van alles voor aan het regelen dus hopelijk lukt het, nog nooit eerder gedaan.
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steppeland Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012   Photographer
wow, dat klinkt allemaal wel als leuke plannen! Doen hoor! :D - Aan zin ontbreekt het me meestal niet.. aan tijd... altijd :rofl: - ik krijg nog niet de helft gedaan van wat ik zou willen doen ;)
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CassiopeiaArt Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow Steppeland, what an amazing story and how well you absolutely beautiful capture fit in to it all!! Big congrats on a very well deserved DD, bravo!! :hug: :party: :w00t:
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steppeland Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012   Photographer
Thank you so much, my friend! :blowkiss:
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NunoCanha Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats, my friend.
:highfive:
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:iconsteppeland:
steppeland Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012   Photographer
Thank you so much! :swoon:
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
Gefeliciteerd! :wave::boogie:
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:iconsteppeland:
steppeland Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012   Photographer
Dank je wel! :w00t:
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Myrddhin Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Gefeliciteerd!

:)
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:iconsteppeland:
steppeland Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012   Photographer
Dank je wel, Christiaan! Nog helemaal in de wolken :giggle: ;)
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Myrddhin Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Dat geloof ik graag. :)
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kingmouf Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
Congratulations!!! :D :D
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steppeland Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012   Photographer
Thank you so much!
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LucieG-Stock Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
I agree with that quote too! :) Congratulations on the DD, it's very well deserved! :clap:
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:iconsteppeland:
steppeland Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012   Photographer
Yes, Lucie, it's true not only for street photography, but for nature- and landscape photography as well... And I recognise it in your work as well! Thank you so much, my friend!
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