INTERVIEW WITH … Shlomy Evron

[:en]Researched by Roberta Pastore

SHLOMY EVRON

Thanks Street Photography in the world and Roberta Pastore for giving me the opportunity to present myself and explain what street photography stands for me. I am a quiet person with sense of humor and good imagination. I was born in 1957. I live in Ramat-Gan Israel, a city near Tel-Aviv, divorced; have two kids, Adam and Shirley, 23 and 21 years old. Computer programming is my profession; I don’t practice my profession for the last 10 years. I have studied computers at the Hadassah College, and one floor above us was Photography Faculty. At that time, I did not understand why one should learn it … now I know why!!

01
I was shooting birds pictures at the park when I saw four Arabic womensitting on a bench speaking and laughing. It looked like an interesting picture to me. I thought if a western looking woman would walk in front of them it would be a much better shot. So I pretended I am shooting birds and actually wait, and then a woman doing jogging was running down the road towards them. When she was very near them I took the picture.

Going back in time how was your passion for photography born ?

Photography was always something I wanted to do. I had a film SLR camera, Canon AE-1 Program and I took pictures of places I was visiting, my family, friends, the “usual” stuff. I have learned from books the basics of photography and thought I was doing fine, people around me liked my photos. At 2008, I divorced and I don’t really know why I decided to buy a good digital camera and learn more about photography. I bought a Canon 40D and a 24-70 lens. Behind my home was a field with birds and butterflies.  Soon I realized I needed better lenses and other places to shoot at. Parks were the places I went to, finding out that taking pictures of people, depicting the way they behaved and what they were doing was much more interesting than birds andbutterflies. When I saw a sign says “No B.B.Q. zone” at the park and a guy taking sun bath with shorts only, I realized that if I could take a picture of the sign covering the guy’s ass it would be funny. When I saw a bunch of Arab women sitting on a bench talking and laughing, I knew it would be interesting, but if a young woman doing jogging could pass in front of them, this would make the picture more interesting. So I took pictures with a 100-400 mm lens without kknowing what street photography is about and I was having a lot of fun.

02
Tel Aviv harbor is a nice place for street photography, a lot of shops andpeoples. The white and red lighthouse caught my eye. I waited for red and white strips clothing to arrive; young good looking girl entered the shop after a few minutes, now I was waiting for her to get out (taking picture of the back of peoples is less interesting then taking a frontal picture). I thought it could take a while but to my surprise she went out a few minutes after…

Considering your works, which ones marked your entrance in the world of real photography?

I am an amateur photographer; I don’t know what real photography is. I don’t know what art is, I only know that as long as I follow my instincts and manage to capture with my camera what makes me smile (dogs always makes me smile)  or looks interesting, I am doing fine. So I do not consider my self as someone that is “in the world of real photography”.

03
Matkot is a very popular game in Israel, at later day hour there is a good shadow falling on the wall behind the players. I took a few pictures at a certain angle from which the reflection from the glass will look good.
04
There are street cats in Tel Aviv harbor. This one was behind a glass and was not afraid of me. I took few pictures from an angel that the reflection from the glass will look good.

 How do you manage colour and B&W ?

I always take my pictures in RAW. Then I download the pictures to my computer and look at theme and decide what will be better, color or B&W. Sometimes I know before taking the picture that the picture will be in color, because there is a matching in the colors..

 Which kind of camera do you use?

Nowadays I am using Canon 5d mark II with 17-40 L lens. My next one will be mirror less, smaller an more quite one.

05
This time the dog was doing nothing, just standing at one place lookingaround. Near by a few fellows was practicing flips. I wait to capture oneguy in the air just in the right place…

What determines if a photo is “good one” or not?

If the way I manage to capture what I saw and what I thought should be in thepicture is good enough, then it’s a “good one ” . Many times I fail… sometimes Ifind out after looking at the picture on my computer that there are things I did not see and they add to the picture meaning, making it better than I though at the moment I took the picture.

06
There is a street in Tel Aviv Carmel market painted in red. I saw more red around on the fabric upstairs. Good spot!! Then I needed to wait forsome interesting thing to arrive…
07
Flea market at Lisbon. Flea market is always good place for street photography.

When you are shooting, do you have an image in your mind? Do you build the final photo before shooting it or are your images also a result of a post-production phase? 

For me there are two kinds of street photography. Most of the times I find an interesting spot, it can be special light, interesting composition or character. I stay at the same place and wait for the perfect combination to occur. Sometimes I just wonder around and all of a sudden something interesting pop up. The post processing stage is very simple for me, to change things likebrightness, shadow and contrast. I use Canon software Dpp that comes with the camera, no Photoshop no Lightroom. I want my pictures to look as naturalas possible.

08
Bnei Brak is a Jewish orthodox town near Tel Aviv. I liked the black wall; it is a perfect back ground for the orthodox men, as they wear black clothes.
09
I wanted to capture the worker at the typical Lisbon Alfama’s streets. He was putting out the building garbage with his back to me. Then he put down the garbage on the floor, he turned around and I took the picture happily with three tourists in the right step and place, The 28 train line was also nice bonus.
10
This couple went toward me when I was standing near balloons. I saw a dog popping from the guy’s jacket. The dog noticed me, the couple did not.

What training did you follow? Who inspired you?

I am a self educated person. My preferred photographer is Erwin Elliot; his pictures have a great sense of humor. Once I saw an interview with him, he was asked where he learned photography; “I read the camera manual ” was his answer. That’s all a photographer needs, perfect control of the camera and his vision.

11
Tel Aviv harbor at winter has some times waves attacking the port dock. Many like to play with the danger of getting wet, specially kids, and me.
12
Tel Aviv beach at a windy day, much wind surfing going out to the sea. This dog was jumping playing with his collar. Luckily I managed to capture the dog in a position looking as a wind surfer as well.

 What was your first camera?

I don’t remember exactly, it was a pocket camera, may be Olympus, I was young, my first SLR camera was Canon AE-1, I loved it every much.

13
Best way to take a dog jumping is from the floor. It looks like they are very high in air. Taking this couple of dogs shot become more interesting with another couple in the air.

 What is photography to you? And what should not be instead?

When I was young the question what is the meaning of my life kept bothering me. When I got older I understood the only meaning of one’s life is, the memories he leave behind. For me photography is a perfect way to leave behind my way of looking at life using my passion and talent for photography.

14
Bnei Brak at Purim is very good time for street photography, with manypeople going out to the streets. The closed shop at the background looked like promising place to capture shadows, so I stood there and waited. Those two young guys stood in perfect place for my intentions, when the shadows looked interesting I took the picture.
15
Another shadow capture at the old city of Jerusalem. This time I found the situation by accident, I was walking and saw it, I took two shots. They did not noticed me, were too busy talking…

What is the photo that struck you the most of a great historical photographer?

The “napalm girl”from Vietnam is the first one pop in my mind, one picture that speaks more than any number of words.

16
It was a cloudy day at Tel-Aviv beach, there is an advance shooting at cloudy days – you don’t need to think where the light comes from and can take the picture with the light falling on the right place. It was Independence day and many kids were having fun at the beach. That girl captured my eye, her swim cap was interesting.

What is your favorite technique?

As I answerer in Q6 I usually spot an interesting place and wait for the “;Decisive Moment” to arrive.

17
Eiffel tower is great iconic place that was photo from all possible angel and light. That made me more ambitious to find a unique picture from that place. I walked around the tower finding nothing at all. After two hours of walking around I saw a woman with a tattoo on her back, looked like it was a perfect match to the Eiffel…
18
Independence Day at Tel-Aviv beach. There was air force flyover. When I saw those three girls lying on the sand I knew that at some point three airplanes would fly over them, they where in good place to watch the flyover. I was right…

 Why do street photography?

For good photos one needs to know very well the subject he is filming. I was shooting birds, butterflies, flowers, architecture, and peoples. I realized that for good birds shooting I need to know very well birds, where they leave, whattime of the year they are staying there etc. The same goes for all kinds of photography. As a city person I decide people and what happens between persons is my best area. Also I have a sense of humor and good imagination that I can express in street photography I can express.

19
It was at 15 of Av, it’s a lover’s day on Jewish calendar, and it’s considered to be perfect day to find husband/wife. I went out to find

What is your best shot and what does it represent for you?

I love the picture where there are balloons in the lower left corner – all the balloons with smiling faces, and a couple that walking towards me also smiling, the guy is holding in his jacket a small dog that looks straight to the camera and is very serious. May be because I love dogs I like it so much.

20
Jerusalem – The Church of the Holy Sepulcher yard. From time to time there isa parade going in and out of the church. I don’t know why they stopped but it gave me an opportunity to get close and take that picture.

What is your relationship with the street and the people who are in your shots?

I don’t speak with peoples before shooting them. I like the picture to be as authentic as possible. Sometimes I’ve been asked why and what I am shooting. I answer the truth: I am an amateur photographer and love to take interesting pictures of real life situations.[:it]Researched by Roberta Pastore

SHLOMY EVRON

Thanks Street Photography in the world and Roberta Pastore for giving me the opportunity to present myself and explain what street photography stands for me. I am a quiet person with sense of humor and good imagination. I was born in 1957. I live in Ramat-Gan Israel, a city near Tel-Aviv, divorced; have two kids, Adam and Shirley, 23 and 21 years old. Computer programming is my profession; I don’t practice my profession for the last 10 years. I have studied computers at the Hadassah College, and one floor above us was Photography Faculty. At that time, I did not understand why one should learn it … now I know why!!

01
I was shooting birds pictures at the park when I saw four Arabic womensitting on a bench speaking and laughing. It looked like an interesting picture to me. I thought if a western looking woman would walk in front of them it would be a much better shot. So I pretended I am shooting birds and actually wait, and then a woman doing jogging was running down the road towards them. When she was very near them I took the picture.

Going back in time how was your passion for photography born ?

Photography was always something I wanted to do. I had a film SLR camera, Canon AE-1 Program and I took pictures of places I was visiting, my family, friends, the  “usual”  stuff. I have learned from books the basics of photography and thought I was doing fine, people around me liked my photos. At 2008, I divorced and I don’t really know why I decided to buy a good digital camera and learn more about photography. I bought a Canon 40D and a 24-70 lens. Behind my home was a field with birds and butterflies.  Soon I realized I needed better lenses and other places to shoot at. Parks were the places I went to, finding out that taking pictures of people, depicting the way they behaved and what they were doing was much more interesting than birds andbutterflies. When I saw a sign says “No B.B.Q. zone” at the park and a guy taking sun bath with shorts only, I realized that if I could take a picture of the sign covering the guy’s ass it would be funny. When I saw a bunch of Arab women sitting on a bench talking and laughing, I knew it would be interesting, but if a young woman doing jogging could pass in front of them, this would make the picture more interesting. So I took pictures with a 100-400 mm lens without kknowing what street photography is about and I was having a lot of fun.

02
Tel Aviv harbor is a nice place for street photography, a lot of shops andpeoples. The white and red lighthouse caught my eye. I waited for red and white strips clothing to arrive; young good looking girl entered the shop after a few minutes, now I was waiting for her to get out (taking picture of the back of peoples is less interesting then taking a frontal picture). I thought it could take a while but to my surprise she went out a few minutes after…

Considering your works, which ones marked your entrance in the world of real photography?

I am an amateur photographer; I don’t know what real photography is. I don’t know what art is, I only know that as long as I follow my instincts and manage to capture with my camera what makes me smile (dogs always makes me smile)  or looks interesting, I am doing fine. So I do not consider my self as someone that is “in the world of real photography”.

03
Matkot is a very popular game in Israel, at later day hour there is a good shadow falling on the wall behind the players. I took a few pictures at a certain angle from which the reflection from the glass will look good.
04
There are street cats in Tel Aviv harbor. This one was behind a glass and was not afraid of me. I took few pictures from an angel that the reflection from the glass will look good.

 How do you manage colour and B&W ?

I always take my pictures in RAW. Then I download the pictures to my computer and look at theme and decide what will be better, color or B&W. Sometimes I know before taking the picture that the picture will be in color, because there is a matching in the colors..

 Which kind of camera do you use?

Nowadays I am using Canon 5d mark II with 17-40 L lens. My next one will be mirror less, smaller an more quite one.

05
This time the dog was doing nothing, just standing at one place lookingaround. Near by a few fellows was practicing flips. I wait to capture oneguy in the air just in the right place…

What determines if a photo is “good one” or not?

If the way I manage to capture what I saw and what I thought should be in thepicture is good enough, then it’s a “good one ” . Many times I fail… sometimes Ifind out after looking at the picture on my computer that there are things I did not see and they add to the picture meaning, making it better than I though at the moment I took the picture.

06
There is a street in Tel Aviv Carmel market painted in red. I saw more red around on the fabric upstairs. Good spot!! Then I needed to wait forsome interesting thing to arrive…
07
Flea market at Lisbon. Flea market is always good place for street photography.

When you are shooting, do you have an image in your mind? Do you build the final photo before shooting it or are your images also a result of a post-production phase? 

For me there are two kinds of street photography. Most of the times I find an interesting spot, it can be special light, interesting composition or character. I stay at the same place and wait for the perfect combination to occur. Sometimes I just wonder around and all of a sudden something interesting pop up. The post processing stage is very simple for me, to change things likebrightness, shadow and contrast. I use Canon software Dpp that comes with the camera, no Photoshop no Lightroom. I want my pictures to look as naturalas possible.

08
Bnei Brak is a Jewish orthodox town near Tel Aviv. I liked the black wall; it is a perfect back ground for the orthodox men, as they wear black clothes.
09
I wanted to capture the worker at the typical Lisbon Alfama’s streets. He was putting out the building garbage with his back to me. Then he put down the garbage on the floor, he turned around and I took the picture happily with three tourists in the right step and place, The 28 train line was also nice bonus.
10
This couple went toward me when I was standing near balloons. I saw a dog popping from the guy’s jacket. The dog noticed me, the couple did not.

What training did you follow? Who inspired you?

I am a self educated person. My preferred photographer is Erwin Elliot; his pictures have a great sense of humor. Once I saw an interview with him, he was asked where he learned photography; “I read the camera manual ” was his answer. That’s all a photographer needs, perfect control of the camera and his vision.

11
Tel Aviv harbor at winter has some times waves attacking the port dock. Many like to play with the danger of getting wet, specially kids, and me.
12
Tel Aviv beach at a windy day, much wind surfing going out to the sea. This dog was jumping playing with his collar. Luckily I managed to capture the dog in a position looking as a wind surfer as well.

 What was your first camera?

I don’t remember exactly, it was a pocket camera, may be Olympus, I was young, my first SLR camera was Canon AE-1, I loved it every much.

13
Best way to take a dog jumping is from the floor. It looks like they are very high in air. Taking this couple of dogs shot become more interesting with another couple in the air.

 What is photography to you? And what should not be instead?

When I was young the question what is the meaning of my life kept bothering me. When I got older I understood the only meaning of one’s life is, the memories he leave behind. For me photography is a perfect way to leave behind my way of looking at life using my passion and talent for photography.

14
Bnei Brak at Purim is very good time for street photography, with manypeople going out to the streets. The closed shop at the background looked like promising place to capture shadows, so I stood there and waited. Those two young guys stood in perfect place for my intentions, when the shadows looked interesting I took the picture.
15
Another shadow capture at the old city of Jerusalem. This time I found the situation by accident, I was walking and saw it, I took two shots. They did not noticed me, were too busy talking…

What is the photo that struck you the most of a great historical photographer?

The “napalm girl”from Vietnam is the first one pop in my mind, one picture that speaks more than any number of words.

16
It was a cloudy day at Tel-Aviv beach, there is an advance shooting at cloudy days – you don’t need to think where the light comes from and can take the picture with the light falling on the right place. It was Independence day and many kids were having fun at the beach. That girl captured my eye, her swim cap was interesting.

What is your favorite technique?

As I answerer in Q6 I usually spot an interesting place and wait for the “;Decisive Moment” to arrive.

17
Eiffel tower is great iconic place that was photo from all possible angel and light. That made me more ambitious to find a unique picture from that place. I walked around the tower finding nothing at all. After two hours of walking around I saw a woman with a tattoo on her back, looked like it was a perfect match to the Eiffel…
18
Independence Day at Tel-Aviv beach. There was air force flyover. When I saw those three girls lying on the sand I knew that at some point three airplanes would fly over them, they where in good place to watch the flyover. I was right…

 Why do street photography?

For good photos one needs to know very well the subject he is filming. I was shooting birds, butterflies, flowers, architecture, and peoples. I realized that for good birds shooting I need to know very well birds, where they leave, whattime of the year they are staying there etc. The same goes for all kinds of photography. As a city person I decide people and what happens between persons is my best area. Also I have a sense of humor and good imagination that I can express in street photography I can express.

19
It was at 15 of Av, it’s a lover’s day on Jewish calendar, and it’s considered to be perfect day to find husband/wife. I went out to find

What is your best shot and what does it represent for you?

I love the picture where there are balloons in the lower left corner – all the balloons with smiling faces, and a couple that walking towards me also smiling, the guy is holding in his jacket a small dog that looks straight to the camera and is very serious. May be because I love dogs I like it so much.

20
Jerusalem – The Church of the Holy Sepulcher yard. From time to time there isa parade going in and out of the church. I don’t know why they stopped but it gave me an opportunity to get close and take that picture.

What is your relationship with the street and the people who are in your shots?

I don’t speak with peoples before shooting them. I like the picture to be as authentic as possible. Sometimes I’ve been asked why and what I am shooting. I answer the truth: I am an amateur photographer and love to take interesting pictures of real life situations.[:]