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Meet Ivan Margot, A Design Street Photographer

Updated: Jan 27, 2019

- By Anshul Raj Khurana

Ivan's photography style has a great artistic impression & a sense of design. Being a graphic designer helps him frame his pictures and colors with perfect balance. 

I am a fan of his Project #2 which talks about the relation b/w forms and spaces. One can learn how to frame empty spaces and balance color/light at same time. 

Let's hear more from him..

Anshul-  You have been a qualified graphic designer for long now, what got you in photography and for how long are you are practicing?

Ivan- Photography has always been present throughout my time as a graphic designer. What has changed is his approach as a photographer. I used to photograph with the same criteria, in the same way, that I could approach a job as a graphic designer.

Anshul- You have an eye for right color balance and know what works in black & white. What is your favorite approach?

Ivan- Right now I only work in color, because I think that color photos have a more interesting visual complexity. Black and white made sense when the photographers of the time published in the newspapers and they could not do it in color. One of the reasons why I take pictures from trips is because of this: to look for the color that has disappeared so much in Europe. 

Anshul- How do you define your style? Talk to us how it has developed in the course of time?

Ivan- My evolution as a street photographer has perhaps been the search for more spontaneous, more"natural" photos, leaving aside a perfect frame, an ideal composition. I used to have a hard time understanding how a picture could work if it weren't entirely framed. Right now I know that the imperfection of a photo can give it an exciting movement.

Anshul- You have been in India recently, any favorite memories while doing Street Photography?

Ivan- As I said before, I like to travel and go to countries like India because they are mainly new countries. Color is an essential element for my photos right now.

Anshul- There has been a lot of travel happened with you, Ghana, India, Morocco, etc., which is the easiest and challenging place to shoot and why?

Ivan- It's true that I went to countries that are not particularly tourist countries like Ghana for example. There, it wasn't always easy to take pictures, but it's also part of the pleasure of getting a good picture. India, in this case, it is especially rewarding because people are very used to having their photos taken. 

Anshul- How would you define an ideal street photograph? When you shoot, do you have an image in mind beforehand or you go with the flow?

Ivan- There are many types of street photography, but I like the one that is done spontaneously better. The one that picks up that singular moment that often doesn't even give you time to see it, that you would like to see it again. I like that picture that's like you pushed the stop button on a movie.

Maybe I have a lot of images in my mind, but this is part of a cultural background that you don't think about when you take a picture. In fact, it's better not to think about it because you get slower and that makes your photos more predictable.

Anshul- Where you do take inspiration from? Do you follow any photographers or read books?

Ivan- Inspiration comes from many places at once. As soon as you have more knowledge of music, literature, cinema, etc.... and you can mix them all up and put them in a "shaker," that gives you a lot of inspiration.

Anshul- What's in your camera gear? Do you have a favorite lens or focal length to shoot (I guess its mostly wide)?

Ivan- Yes, I have a Leica Q with a fixed lens. A 28mm. I like working with a fixed lens because it makes it easier for me to see the frame before shooting. I also like to shoot with a wide angle because it allows me to be inside the scene and collect as much information as possible.

Anshul- If I am a beginner and wanting to establish my brand in street photography, what would be your advice & how do you think I should polish my skills.

Ivan- Be patient, don't shoot for shooting. At first, it's hard to see anything exciting photographically when you're on the street. You have to wait and see if there's an unusual situation. In many cases, a good photo is just the fact of being at the right moment at the right time. 

You can see more of Ivan's work here.

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