Personal Street Photos

© Bjørn Kvaal
© Bjørn Kvaal
© Bjørn Kvaal
© Bjørn Kvaal
© Bjørn Kvaal
© Bjørn Kvaal
© Bjørn Kvaal
© Bjørn Kvaal
© Bjørn Kvaal
© Bjørn Kvaal

Bjørn Kvaal attended my photo workshop in Villajoyosa, Spain, this spring, and showed some considerable and impressive progression during the five days the workshop was running. Before attending he was used to photograph for the articles he writes as a journalist – with a detached style, but during the workshop he was pushed towards a more personal approach. Bjørn took the challenge and started photographing people in the little Spanish village with a personal involvement that at first was hard for him, but eventually got the better of him. By the end of the workshop he could show a strong portfolio of intimate street portraits. He got close to the people he photographed, both physically and emotionally, which clearly comes across in his images. Bjørn captures those small moments where people relax and show themselves as the persons they are.

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42 thoughts on “Personal Street Photos

    1. No, I wouldn’t be bothered to publish these neither in Norway nor any other place – no matter where they would have been taken. When you are this close to people when photographing, they know you are doing it and are by that giving their consent.

  1. “He got close to the people he photographed, both physically and emotionally, which clearly comes across in his images. Bjørn captures those small moments where people relax and show themselves as the persons they are.”
    Again, a perfectly timed post for the kind of street or “walk” photos I want to capture on my upcoming Camino de Santiago walk.

  2. Yes, impressive 🙂 The father in the second shot does not look too happy :D. Thank you for this presentation of Kvaal’s work, Otto.

  3. Bjørn has the ability to interact with his subjects and become ‘invisible’ in the crowd – a very important quality for a people photographer. Thank you Otto for sharing, as always.

  4. Thank you for sharing. Overcoming fear when venturing into street photography can be difficult for some. It’s nice to know this student was able to do that and get some nice photographs in the process. The third image from the top captures a very nice spirit!

  5. No they are not posing but the father looks unhappy and is looking at the camera , discovering that the photo is being taken, perhaps? i am chicken to get that close unless it is a public event. These do show an assortment of emotions.

  6. Very intimate. I see a tendency to capture moments between family and friends. Relationship is the common element between all of these shots. I suspect this is a very important pasrt of his personal life.

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