Discoveries: Street Photography by Stella K

The latest issue of Fraction Magazine focuses on “Street Photography.”

This is an area dear to self’s heart.  Even in her fiction, self lives for The Moment.  For Discovery of the Unexpected.

She’s known Stella K for a while but only became aware of Stella’s street photography recently.

When Stella K and Tina B showed up two weekends ago to introduce self to the joys of hiking in Edgewood Nature Preserve (Amazing that it took two Emeryville residents to show self the joys of hiking in her very own backyard of Redwood City), Stella happened to mention in passing that her street photographs had been featured in Fraction Magazine.

Stella’s demeanor is very quiet and thoughtful —  even, shall we say, pensive — and if self didn’t know for a fact that Stella is quite an avid hiker and explorer of the great outdoors, she might be forgiven for mistaking Stella for a college professor.

Stella and self met under the auspices of Dear Departed Doreen Fernandez.  It was the last great thing Doreen did for self (out of a whole series of great things, beginning with Freshman English at the Ateneo).  A few weeks later, Doreen was in New York, a city she would never leave.  And a few months after that, Stella K showed up in self’s humble abode, and spent an entire day taking pictures of self!  It was the first time self ever posed for a professional photographer (not counting the time self posed with hands clasped in prayer at Bob’s Photography Studio in Manila, prior to receiving her first Holy Communion, in second grade).  Not only that, it was the first time anyone told her to try “not smiling.”  The pictures Stella took that day have been on a number of book covers and posters since then, including the back of self’s second collection, Mayor of the Roses.

Since self’s life has been pretty hectic (to say the least!) of late, it took almost two weeks for self to find a quiet moment to regard Fraction Magazine.  It amazes her to read how hard the editor had to look for women “street photographers.”  Apparently, lots of men do it, but not so many women.  Here’s what the editor, David Bram, said about the whole process of putting together Issue 48:

I’ve been a fan of street photography for quite some time, and I’ve had a desire to do a Street Issue for as many years.  But I have to be honest, this issue nearly killed me.

Let me explain.

Finding two male photographers who had solid street projects was not the problem.  There are plenty of male street photographers out there in the world, and I am thrilled to show you the work of Richard Bram (no relation) and Eric Kim (cousins).  But finding two female street photographers proved to be a bit of a task.  I had to resort to posting to the Fraction Facebook page, begging for help.  Why is this?

Luckily, through the use of social media, I was able to find two fantastic female photographers who are doing terrific photographic street work.  I am very excited and pleased to show you the work of Stella K and Polly Braden.

All Hail, Stella K!  Self is particularly wowed by the photograph of men climbing (yellow) ladders at Binondo Church.  The richness of the image, not to mention the way the color yellow is picked up and repeated, is a knockout.

Stay tuned.

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