Jim Lustenader | Bonita Springs FL, USA

Short bio…

I am a street photographer because I love capturing the subtle elements of the human condition. I look for “the clickpoint,” the visceral moment that reflects the poetry, irony, sadness or humor of life, inviting viewers to seek out a narrative thread that lends perspective to how people interact with each other and their surroundings. My work is candid, intuitive and spontaneous; no shots are posed or altered in post production. What you see is what I saw and felt when I released the shutter.

You shoot film because…

I like the tonal subtlety, richness, depth and realistic “feel” of film; I shoot mostly black and white, and to me there is nothing more pleasing than a gelatin silver print taken from the original negative. “Digital capture” is a game of playing with “ones and zeros” and the results can be unauthentic, brittle and overly manipulated. Film photography, on the other hand, is the discipline of putting light on celluloid and then paper, and that is what true photographic art has always been.

Your photography feels like…

a freeze-frame from a movie on the absurdity and beauty found in everyday, human moments: the implications of simple gestures made, poses struck, emotions expressed. Some film noir mixed with cinema verite and farce, my work strives to elicit a spark of recognition or bemusement from the viewer, who might realize I have frozen a moment that conveys what they themselves may be feeling or have felt.

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