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On classification issues

One of the head-scratchers I had to deal with when I decided to start publishing my work was categorizing it. Sure, portraits, which are the photos I most enjoy, and still life photographs are well defined and did not present any issues, but I also have an abundance of other photos, either taken in a moment’s inspiration or well thought out, that seemed harder to define. In the era of ever more detailed hashtags, I needed to simplify. So I decided to divide my remaining work into 2 major categories – Street photography and Nature. Both definitions are very broad, especially the Street photography one. Does a photo of a deflating hot-air balloon qualify as street photography?

BALLOON, ATACAMA, 2016

BALLOON, ATACAMA, 2016

For the purposes of a simpler organization of my portfolio, it does. It is a photo that was taken in a public space, at a public “event” so to speak, it was not staged, and even though there are no humans present, it is a human action that is captured in a single moment.

But what about a statue? As atemporal as the scene where the fixed gaze of a single statue is the focus, I like to consider it as a glimpse of street life, rather than still life.

STATUE, ISRAEL, 2018

STATUE, ISRAEL, 2018

Another photo that also had me puzzling about what category it belonged to best was the road S bend in the middle of an Arizona landscape. Does it qualify as Nature, being a landscape, even though the main focus is the man-made asphalt road? After much deliberation, I decided it was after all a better fit as a landscape. In the future, a city skyline may give me more of a challenge, but I’ll procrastinate on that one for now.

S-BEND, ARIZONA

S-BEND, ARIZONA