In this showcase series we feature the street photography of Enrico Essl, a photographer from Austria. We spoke to Enrico about this series.
Enrico, how did your interest in photography start?
I was born in 1970 in Linz (Northern Austria), and grew up in Salzburg, I’m now back living and working in Linz. I have been interested in photography ever since my early childhood. The intensity of my interest in photography has always varied.
Sometimes it was more, sometimes less. But when I first visited Berlin I was so fascinated by the motives that came up when I discovered the city. This aroused my interest in photography once again.
I had discovered street photography for myself and it’s been haunting me until this day. The urban jungle of cities, the people living there, the crucial moments, the endless trips through the streets all stir my desire to capture these moments.
One large focus of my work is to incorporate graphic elements and lines into my pictures, the other is my special way of cutting pictures of scenes in order to show a new perspective.
Could you tell as more about this particular series?
I first started the Series in 2012 after a a trip to Berlin, I wanted to show Berlin girls on their bicycles in a small and reduced frame. The images in this series were captured in various cities from across Europe; Linz, Vienna, Monte Carlo, Menton, Nice and Locarno.
What equipment do you use for your street photography?
I use an Leica X1 with 36mm fixed focal length lens. The handling and focus are perfect for street photography. And of course, I like the Leica style and the quality of this camera.
What series do you have planned in the future?
At the moment I’m working on a new series called “rivage”. It will show beach life, it is a street series in color and I captured the images in Southern France.
Photophique has express permission to publish these images and Enrico Essl retains full copyright to all photographs featured in this showcase series.