February's top picks on Raw Urban Shots

We all start taking photography serious thanks to the aesthetic experience other photographs have produced in our lives. And is important that we never stop consuming photographs through our entire lives. Galleries and exhibitions offer the most sublime experience when it comes to watching photographs, but that's something we rarely can get access too. But thanks to the wonders of the Internet, we surely can simulate that experience a bit.

Here at Raw Urban Shots we have a very passionate crew of content curators and photographers that are constantly on the watch of photographs that deserve a slower consumption. And just like we did on January, today we are sharing you the three photos that draw our attention the most during this past month. And trust us; this wasn't an easy task. There is always a lot of struggle and debates around which photos deserves a special place, and at the end of the day we need to make a decision.

Photo by Evelyn Hofer

Evelyn Hofer



Capturing humor is perhaps the hardest thing to do in photography. And of course, it is way more complex when aiming for it at the streets. Here we have a mesmerizing example from a consecrated documentary photographer about these briefly explained topic in photography. The humor is subtle, but extremely clear in fact. Having a young kid with such a big bike is a strong symbol of how children tend to lure for being older than their age, and of course, we all know by first hand that this desire fades away while growing up.

Beyond the smart and unique message pulled out from the notorious approach to the Youth Code, everything in this composition is in the perfect place. Each color plays an aesthetic role on the frame, and the red sucks anchor the whole thing together in a small yet strong area of the frame. Also the subtle vignette gives that nostalgic feeling that feels like looking to our own past. Photography has more than 200 years of existence, and thanks to its "universal language" character, we can enjoy pictures like this without a single cognitive problem at all.

Photo by @by.harper




We've been taught that we should always listen to the rule of odds when seeking for achieving a group in photography. But this is a clear example of how this rule can be broken for good! The high vantage point also creates a visual struggle between the bi and three dimensional properties of photography. This adds a new layer of complexity by recalling the deep concentration the players are putting on the board (and the whole strategy of the game). And how can we skip that incredible color palette in the scene? It is just perfect to watch! And last but not least, the tension between the uneven yet balanced out integration of the people in the scene also tells you something about the game. Composition is all about capturing life around a not-evident structure that the photographer needs to unveil in order to deliver a clear message about the scene.

Photo by @rehahn_photography




This is one of those recurrent places in photography that never looks the same twice. Each photo of these artisans offers a different story, and this is one of those cases in which a centered subject in the frame looks just astonishingly good. The scene clearly resembles the water, but they way the background fuses out in a smoky way surely enhances the complexity of the craft. The vibrant colors make a simple yet striking punch into the viewer's eyes, making it impossible to ignore. We think that the most important thing about this beautiful photograph is that every common-place in photography is open to unique ways of capturing it.

Doing this exercise is a bittersweet thing to do. We've obviously left a ton of great photos behind, and we apologize for our subjectivity on this matter. We try our best to be as objective as possible, and we hope that you understand that this isn't about showcasing photographers, but shouting out good photos. We truly believe that there are some very few occasions in which photos transcend the photographer, and that's what we are trying to do here. To built a humble pedestal for those images that made a huge visual and aesthetic impact in ourselves during this past month.

Written by Federico Alegría
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