The Shadow Photographers #9: Josh Bulriss


Josh Bulriss is a fellow street photographer I admire for several reasons. He has an eye for composition. Although he has wonderful content in his photos as well, the form is what really stands out in his works. You’ll see what I mean when you see the photos below. He recently did some work in Nepal that was simply breathtaking. Here is Josh Bulriss:

Q. Tell us how you got into photography.

A. When I first started traveling to Hawaii from NY, about 8 years ago, I owned a small point and shoot camera that I would take pictures of anything I saw as beautiful. When I would post them online just to show the beauty in Hawaii or showing my friends and family back home. People would always say…. “They look like Postcards” And I realized then I had a natural eye for composition. I just needed to learn the basic elements to create a great photo. That is when my journey began.

Q. How do you define with street photography as a genre? How do you identify with it (or not), and what are your thoughts on how the “genre” has evolved over the past few years?

A. I think that street photography is such a RAW and powerful genre of photography. It’s every day simplicity of beauty that most people don’t even acknowledge. When you understand lighting, composition and emotion you can make the most simple moment spectacular. So I think that street photography is taking everyday life of people doing everyday routines and capturing that moment forever. I wouldn’t really say that I am a street photographer but more of a person that likes to document moments that I enjoy. I feel that the reason why street photography is growing as a whole is because digital cameras are growing, like how photography is growing and becoming more trendy.

Q. Your single most valuable tip for budding street photographers is:
A. Take photos of what you see as beautiful, and don’t worry about what others think.

Q. Your blog has quite a variety of content. What got you started and what has it become today?

A. To be honest, I just started my blog about 2 months ago. So I am really still in the learning phase. I just try to post things that I find interesting and others may as well. I like it be something people can learn from and maybe keep them interested enough to come back.

Q. Projects: yes or no? And why?

A. At the moment, no not really. But trying to come up with some ideas for the near future.

Q. Name your three greatest inspirations (3 and only 3, not necessarily photographers/photographs).

A. Steve McCurry, Henri Cartier-Bresson, James Nachtwey

Q. What gear do you use?

A. Canon 7D, Canon 18-200 EFS lens. I travel light.

Q. What do you think is a great photograph? Content or form? Or something else?

A. I can’t think of just one photograph, so I would have to go with Magnum Photos. The most powerful photography in the world.

Q. You are part of revisedMEDIA, the same photography collective that I am in. Can you explain about what it is and what you envision it achieving? What is your opinion on what we should achieve?

A. I think as team we will get much more accomplished than being independent. RevisedMEDIA is such a great group of a photographers that I think we can all learn from, and grow as a team. I would love for revisedMEDIA to be the BIG Photography group that people really get inspired by, and young photographers look up to. It will take a lot of time and work but I can see it’s potential. We can be the Leaders of tomorrow.

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