Interview with Justin Vogel (justinsdisgustin) from HCSP

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(Above image by Justin Vogel)

Justin Vogel (aka justinsdisgustin) was born and raised in Hells Kitchen in New York City and describes himself as a 42-year old unemployed stay-at-home father of a two year old baby boy. Although he refers to himself as a “dirt bag” his insight and ability to create captivating images is incredible. He captures a unique vision of his neighborhood that is often raw and gritty primarily in film. Opionated and full of vigor, he is definitely a seminal figure in the street photography and his work with the Hardcore Street Photography Group on Flickr. We caught up with Justin and found more about the man behind the camera.

Huge pleasure to have you Justin. Can you tell us a bit more about your personal story with street photography. How did you stumble upon street photography, and how does it reflect your personal character?

Justin Vogel Street Photography

I started taking pictures when I was in high school in the mid eighties. I didn’t really know there was such a thing as Street Photography back then, but shooting in the street was something I gravitated towards instinctually. I was a Hardcore kid in NYC and I mostly shot around the lower east side of manhattan, outside of CBGBs, the bums on the bowery, crackheads and street people. At the time I was admittedly more into being obnoxious with my camera and less interested in making good pictures. I enjoyed the confrontational aspect of it, maybe a bit too much. I studied photography a bit in college but eventually  other interests won out and ultimately I decided it wasn’t for me. I didn’t start taking pictures seriously again (if you can call it that) until a few years ago. So basically I have been shooting Street for 30 years, with a 26 year gap in the middle of it. As far as my personal character goes, I am, in my heart, a punk rocker. That is the filter thru which I view the world. To me, Street Photography is punk rock.

You have been shooting the lower east side of New York since the eighties. Tell us the type of people that you liked to shoot and how the people in that neighborhood have changed over the years.

I like all types of people. I like the “haves”, and the “Have-nots”. Anybody interesting, anybody with style. I like the people who walk around with a big FUCK YOU on their faces. I like the people who walk around with their hearts on their sleeves. I guess you could say characters or whatever, but I kinda hate that term. I shoot the same Streets day after day, year after year, and I shoot the people who I share those streets with. The people’s style’s change, but the Street stays the same. They clean shit up, raise the rents etc. it doesn’t change things. Back in the eighties this world down here was an immense shit hole. Now it is super fancy. 10 years from now it will be a shit hole again. Part of me cant wait.

As a photographer, what do you want to achieve with your photography? What is more important to you: the story behind your images or the image itself?

Justin Vogel Street Photography

Well, Im not very ambitious, I have no grand artist’s statement, I just like making pictures. And I want to make them as good as I can. Making pictures is something that brings me tremendous pleasure. Sharing the pictures with an audience who appreciates them is gravy.  I like seeing into peoples little worlds, their souls or whatever, and capturing that essence, and I enjoy allowing people to gain access into mine, thru my pictures. In terms of goals, I would be happy if I could produce 25 to 30 great images over the course of my lifetime. Of course that presupposes that I live long enough to do so. In the mean time, I just hope I can make people laugh.

If the image doesn’t tell the story, or at least make it irrelevant, it is in my eyes, a fail. Meh, I think maybe I don’t really understand that question. The story behind the image doesn’t mean jack shit. Nobody cares really if I stood in the rain for an hour or was standing under an awning with a space heater, if the shot resonates that is all that matters. Is that what you are asking? Is it me, or is that kind of a dumb question? Final answer: The image is all that matters.

What are some clichés you see in street photography that you suggest people to stay clear of?

Justin Vogel Street Photography

This is something that I could go on and on about.  I think the notion of invisibility is absurd. You don’t need to be invisible to shoot Street. Nobody is going to notice you unless you are acting like an idiot. Just relax and take your pictures. People cant hear your shutter clack, they don’t care if you are using a Leica (there is no need to tape over the logo). That whole pretense of being stealth is a waste of time. If you act sneaky, people WILL notice you.

Shooting buskers, street performers, parades, whatever the fuck. These people are performing publicly, the photograph you are most likely to make isn’t candid. Those people are for the most part performing for the camera, or at least for the audience, and as a result, the image you see is the one they are consciously showing you. I am by no means saying it is impossible to make a good picture with these performers, but you have to try doubly hard to penetrate their public mask. Basically, it is a cliche to take a picture OF a street performer, but it is possible to make a picture WITH a street performer. The difference may sound subtle, but the results are worlds apart.

Closer is better. To me there is a huge difference between physical closeness and emotional closeness. I suggest using a 28mm to 35mm lens to ensure physical closeness, but without an emotional closeness it is hard to create an interesting photograph. You can do it thru composition, or juxtas and what not, but there is something special about getting inside. I guess what I am talking about is feeling a connection to the subject.

Hip shooting. Don’t do it. It is a bad habit and the rewards from doing so are tainted. Especially shooting film, it is just a huge waste. The truth is shooting people on the street requires a certain disposition that not everybody has. There is no shame in admitting it isn’t for you. I think the whole “growing balls” thing is bullshit machismo, and quite frankly, I find it boring. I don’t think it is necessary to change ones anatomy to make good pictures, I think caring about what you are doing enough to look thru the view finder is the bare minimum though.

Tell us what equipment you are currently using or have previously used in street photography and how it affects your process.

Justin Vogel Street Photography

I shoot exclusively with 35mm color negative film. I use a Leica M2, (your sponsors will be pleased, I’m sure). Or an Olympus XA4. Both have a 28mm lens. I never use any other focal length. I strive for consistency in my images and I find reducing variables as much as possible has helped to achieve that. I shot with a digital point and shoot briefly and I didn’t like it. I never shot with anything like an M9, I might change my tune if I got my hands on one of those, but that shit isn’t in my budget. With that said, let me add it is not about the gear. A great camera wont make you a great photographer, it really just raises everybody’s expectations. Shoot with whatever you feel comfortable with. Comfort is king.

You shoot primarily in film and your images have great depth and soul to them. How does shooting in film affect how you capture and see the world versus digital?

Justin Vogel Street Photography

Not primarily, exclusively. I don’t even own a digital camera at this point. I don’t think shooting film or digital really makes much of a difference in terms of what I shoot or how I shoot. I just like the tactile nature of film. I think that is the great loss of the digital age. I love vinyl records too, for sorta the same reason. There is something about the inconvenience of it all that makes me focus more on the act. It makes me pay more attention to what i am doing. And then, on a purely superficial level, it just looks cooler. That is the actual truth. I shoot film because I think it makes me look cool. I don’t actually give a shit about which is better or why.

Describe your process when you are out shooting in the streets. Do you go out looking for opportunities, or do you let them come to you?

Justin Vogel Street Photography

I just get in the flow and let it happen. I guess sometimes they come to me, sometimes I have to chase them down. I am a very lazy person by nature, so I don’t get all wound up in it. Sometimes when I am in the zone everything kind of slows down and I start skimming the crowd with my eyes, looking for the right person, doing the right thing. I watch the sunlight, and follow it, watching to see what gets lit up and how, and when everything comes together I am hopefully in a position to execute. But most of the time I am just doing my shopping or whatever and I see something quick. I always ALWAYS ALWAYS carry my camera in my hand ready to shoot.

Tell us about your history with the vastly popular Hardcore Street Photography Group on Flickr and your personal involvement with it. What do you love most about the group and what are some things that you would like to change?

Justin Vogel Street Photography

Pathetic really. I joined HCSP because I was particularly proud of a Sleeping Homeless Man picture I took, and wanted to put it in some street groups I found on Flickr. After I submitted it to HCSP, I noticed it wasn’t  appearing in their pool, so I submitted it again and again and again. Then I went and checked out their discussion threads to find out why my masterpiece wasn’t accepted. I posted it to their infamous Image Critique Thread, and I got my ass handed to me. At first I whined like a bitch, insulted the Administrators, and was in general a complete dick.

Then I started listening and looking. These guys knew what the fuck they were talking about and they had the photo streams to back that shit up.  I learned a lot about SP in a relatively short period of time. I basically received an education for free. I learned what books to look at, which photographers to study, etc. After hanging out there for a year or two on the threads, much to many, many, peoples surprise and chagrin I got asked to fill a vacant spot amongst the Admins.

Anybody familiar with HCSP knows there is a lot wrong with a group that large and unwieldy. At last count there were like 41 thousand members. Most discussions devolve into name calling and petty internet bullshit pretty quickly. I don’t really know how to change that, or I would have done so already.

The one thing I would change, if I were really large and in charge, would be ANONYMOUS TROLLS. I would ban them from existence. They are the scourge of the internet. I think people who don’t have the strength of their convictions to stand behind their words, who post antagonizing things under a fake name, who hide behind some stupid buddy icon, and attack without consequence, are gutless cowards. That is what I would change. I would have all Anonymous Trolls stripped naked, covered in maple syrup, and lashed to a giant ant hill.

How do you differentiate a “bad” street photograph from a “good” street photograph. How much of creating a good image is subjective vs objective?

Justin Vogel Street Photography

Well, when viewing other peoples photographs, I go thru a process. First and foremost I go with my gut. Do I love it, or do I hate it? If I love it, I ask myself why? Is it the composition? The framing? Is it the subject matter? The content? Why does this image effect me? If I hate it I try to isolate the reason. Is the post processing the first thing I am seeing? Are the technical flaws too massive? Is the subject matter boring? And so on. If I conclude that the problem I am having with a picture is personal, I try to step out of myself.

For example, I hate plastic bags. The generic ones you get from the corner store. I cant stand looking at them in my pictures and I don’t like seeing them in other people’s pictures either. But a realize this is my own prejudice at work, so I try to rise above it. I try to look at the picture and see if everything else is great, if things are spaced well, if the composition is strong etc. I can look past my subjective dislikes and see the photograph for what it is. So, yeah, it is a little bit of both. Six of one half dozen of the other. It is subjective, and objective. Did I do A good job not answering that one? With my own photographs it is much simpler: They are all bad.

How do you see the genre of street photography evolving over the next decade?

Justin Vogel Street Photography

I dunno man, ten years is an awful long time. What with the internet, and the explosion of social media, I think we will see a lot more quality work coming out of nowhere. I think we will see a lot more Vivian Maier types being discovered as a result. I think the bubble is bound to burst in terms of popularity and media attention as soon as the Next Big Thing comes along, but there will always be people like myself who will go out every day and shoot the Streets regardless of the genre’s relative popularity.

At the same time a lot of the current notables, I imagine, will drift into other more lucrative genres. I think that for the majority, SP is something you either get good at, and move on, or something you suck at, and quit in frustration. Very few people hang in there and shoot Street exclusively. I mean, shit, it doesn’t pay the bills. Oh, well it pays your bills, but most people aren’t cut out to teach workshops and shit. I wouldn’t be able to. The idea of me taking peoples money and passing myself off as an expert is to me, laughable.

What are some misconceptions that people often have about your character or your work?

Justin Vogel Street Photography

People who stumble across me, who aren’t SP enthusiasts, tend to think some of my shit is abusive or exploitation or whatever. I have been reviled in places like DPreview by ignorant people who think I am violating people’s privacy etc. A lot of photographers, not to mention the general public, don’t really get SP.  They don’t understand the art of it. They think it is just snap shots of strangers without consent. Other people, who maybe are more informed about SP, think I am arrogant. That I am a loud mouth without the goods to back it up. Oh wait, that’s not a misconception, that is actually pretty accurate. All I can say in my defense is my best work is still 5 or 10 years away, and that I am in it for the long haul.

Describe the current projects you are working on. What are some other future projects you would like to work on as well?

Justin Vogel Street Photography

I don’t really work projects per se. I have a few things simmering on back burners, but for the most part I am just out, shooting daily. Posting to flickr, getting feedback, learning from my fails and just trying to get better. Every roll of film I shoot brings me that much closer to that elusive Great Shot. As an admin over at HCSP I end up looking at a shit ton of SP in the submission queue. Mostly garbage, but you learn from the garbage too. You learn from the stuff that doesn’t work as much, if not more, than you learn from the stuff that does work.

Also I am a member of a closed membership critique group called Burn My Eye that is a fantastic resource for me. And I very recently joined the collective. So I am really looking forward to seeing what I can get going on over there as well.  Oh yeah, and Street Reverb. I contribute there as much as I can.

What are some words of wisdom you would give to aspiring street photographers who are having difficulty finding their own voice?

Justin Vogel Street Photography

That is a tough one. I never ever had an issue with developing a personal style, or finding my voice. I think style is innate. It is a part of your DNA. However, practically speaking, I think consistency is as important as originality. I think if you stick to one camera, one lens, one technique, and just concentrate your energies on it, you will at the very least have a tight, consistent body of work to edit. There is nothing I hate more than looking at somebody’s photostream and seeing random color, B&W, model’s head shots, and like macro rainbow puppies or some shit all mixed together without rhyme or reason. With no flow, nothing that connects the images. Nothing that indicates that it is all the work of one person.

I am all for experimenting with all kinds of shit until you figure out what rings your bell, but when you are posting it to the internet, or putting together a portfolio, do it in a manner that suggests you are aware of the effort that people put into looking at your garbage. I personally try to make my Flickr stream feel like an on-going, infinitely enjoyable, slide show. I hope to entertain people while they are visiting me. These days time is money, and I don’t want to waste either of anybody’s.

Are there any shout-outs that you would like to give?

Justin Vogel Street Photography

Well, certainly all the folks at HCSP. I think that place is one of the best resources for Street Photography on the planet. Bryan Formhals ,Jeff Hammond, and Kramer Oneil, in particular, have been really supportive of me and I owe them big time. Also, Harvey Arche, Simon Kosoff, and a guy named Blacky. I have never met any of those guys in person, but they have all really encouraged me to keep at it and helped me develop as a photographer. Then there is my family and friends. They are the most important things in the world to me outside of Street Photography. Lindsey, I love you! Oh, one last shout out: SETH GOLDFARB. He is Terry Richardson’s number one assistant, and he has one of the most diabolically brilliant minds in the world!

Is there anything else you would like to mention that I missed?

Justin Vogel Street Photography

Not really. Just this: There are plenty of people out there who are better at SP than I am, more knowledgeable and what not, More deserving of attention, for sure, but there are very few people who are more passionate about it than I am. I don’t know if that comes thru in this interview or not, I hope it does though. You can think whatever you want of me and my pictures, but the one thing that is a solid fact is that I love Shooting Street, and I wouldn’t stop for anything. I feel almost evangelical about it. This is my calling, this is the thing I love. I am a Street Photographer.


What stuck out to you most about this interview with Justin? Share which of his images are your favorite, and show him some love by leaving a comment below! 

51 thoughts on “Interview with Justin Vogel (justinsdisgustin) from HCSP”

  1. I lurk the HCSP group and a lot of people think Justin is a jerk. But I like a guy who calls them like he sees them and doesn’t bullshit anyone, even if I don’t always agree with what he says or how he says it. Also, in my opinion there are not many with more passion and enthusiasm about SP than Justin.

    Good interview.

  2. Thanks for putting together this interview Eric!. Lots of good and useful insights from Justin.
    Very direct. I like that :)

  3. awesome interview! I remember when i first saw Justin’s photostream and the captions he gave to photos, i’m not gonna lie, i was pretty shocked! but the last few months i’ve got nothing but the utmost respect for him! Now he’s definitely a solid form of inspiration for me. Good to get a glimpse of the justinsdisgustin ;-).

  4. I learned a lot from this interview. I envy the whole NY in the 80’s scene – I am 10 years older than Justin and was a punk in Toronto back then. I still think the whole punk scene in NY is a major driving force in my life. It’s who I married, what music I still listen to, why I am obsessed with that city. So I was interested in this interview immediately for that reason; if it’s gritty and nasty and drug addled – I’m there!
    I learned that shooting the pride parade is a cheap shot. He is right – if they are out there performing that’s an easy shot. It’s not a street shot. Okay, I’m not going to kill all my pride photos although I really want to right now, because it’s about my journey. Baby steps.
    I think this has informed me that I’m not a street shooter. I don’t know what I am yet, but that’s not it. I felt bad about not having balls, but now I won’t. Thanks for giving me that knowledge. Onward. I also think my stuff is shit and garbage, but at least I know what not to waste my time on. I also know I have no idea what makes a good street shot or a bad one, but for what it’s worth, I like the second image in this interview. The bearded man pulling up his shirt. His beatific expression, his raised arms look so elegant. I think the dark graffiti on his right somehow helps the shot. If you cover that part with your hand it doesn’t look as good. It grounds the shot.

    1. Street photography is whatever you want it to be. Over the history of photography festivals and parades have been fodder for street shooters. Just because someone says they don’t do it or like it, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. Shoot what you want, and don’t worry about whether it’s this or that type of photography.

      1. When you live in a city that does not have people on the street, the only way to do SP is to shoot festivals and parades. Otherwise, you’ve got to travel to places with big enough city with foot traffic on the street.

    2. Wait, I just re-read your post. ” I also know I have no idea what makes a good street shot or a bad one”

      Are you serious? You don’t know what makes a good street shot? Isn’t it the one you like? Don’t you know what you like? How will you ever make good images? How creatively paralysing your mindset must be…

      1. Tom:
        I do know what appeals to me. But I can take a photo that I think is awesome and people look at it and go “meh” and I can take a photo that I throw away and then I see one quite like it published and I wonder – am I throwing away the wrong ones? I can see the appeal of the first pic above, the geometry of the umbrella in the mist, the fur coat provides texture…the second one I already said what I like, the last one is almost too obvious – smiling dog driving red truck. But what is so good about the remainder of the pictures? I’m serious – tell me what you see. Because if I had taken them they would not have made the cut. It makes me question my eye. I know there is a wide range of appeal and what I like won’t be what you like and visa versa, but a lot of street is like this for me.
        I think shooting the parade was good for me because I used it to practice, but the results are less than stellar. I’ve only been shooting dslr since Feb this year and you are right, at the moment I am rather creatively stifled.

        1. Hi Carol. And that’s exactly the problem with Justin’s et. al. definition of street photography they impose within HCSP. Some images hit the sweet spot because they happen to be good images by common sense. Those are random in HCSP. Most images in HCSP follow some mysterious criteria of ‘street photography’ but lack the appeal a generally good photograph has.

          My personal opinion is that good street photography needs to be good photograph in the first place. If it fails to do that, it ain’t good street photography either. A lot of stuff in HCSP contradicts that. That can be confusing when so many people praise the boring images successfully submitted there. Do not doubt yourself in that case. It’s pointless.

          If you’re in fact interested in a more detailed position on that, feel free to follow the link to my blog post about the problem, I linked it further up in the thread.

          1. SalarymaninSeoul

            Its not like they are dictators and youre captive. Its a flickr group for chrissakes, there are many others. Do you think HCSP is the only SP group? Or even the only moderated group on flickr? And just what do you consider “good photography”?

  5. Justin is quite a character, but guys like him make street photography interesting. He is one of these photogs able to produce that 0.01% of exceptional street shots. I do think some of his pictures are a bit over the “human dignity” limit, but at the same time, that’s the way our world is. It shows other aspect than the “nice and beautiful” many of us are focused on.

    1. “He is one of these photogs able to produce that 0.01% of exceptional street shots”

      Seriously? Based on the selection above his stuff is entirely mediocre. We need to stop lavishing unrestrained adulation on people based on a few years of shooting and posting on flickr. Not to mention he is a dick. It’s funny for observers of the HCSP forum to see his transformation from try-hard sycophant to I’m-too-fucking-awesome-for-you HCSP mod.

      1. I am actually glad not to participate in the HCSP forums since it looks to be as much about the photographers as it is about the pictures.

      2. Hey Tom,

        I actually really enjoy Justin’s shots. Making a great street photograph is very difficult, but I feel his images of NYC are very real. Not only that, but they show a bit of Justin’s own “punk rock” attitude.

        And I think he comes off as a dick on the surface, but in reality he is a very nice guy :)

  6. I liked the interview in general and Justin has some amazing images. However, in regard to HCSP on Flickr, I missed some more critical questions.

    Let me explain.

    HCSP on Flickr is being praised as one of the reference resources for good modern street photography on the Internet. A small, closed group of people decide on a per photo submission to the group, what is street photography and what’s not. The definition they impose on the submissions is not transparent and nowhere consistent when looking at the accepted images. I find it somehow ridiculous that more than 40,000 Flickr users are worshipping to the altar of HCSP yet so few seem to understand what they are worshipping exactly as nobody knows the criteria. This is even more evident when looking at both the group pool of accepted images and the discussion threads.

    I have taken the time some time back to reflect on this in detail:

    My main issues with HCSP and also ESP on Flickr are that their definition of street photography seems to be too narrow topic wise and not concise enough when it comes to judging images by their general appeal (what makes any image a good image.). There is just so much boring crap in that pool which is amazing as hardly any other group is moderated that heavily.

    Just my two cents.

    1. Tobias. Read your blog on hcsp. Firstly, apologies for the cursory comment on your shot. But panning shots, no matter how well executed, are a gimmick. I must have seen at least 100 shots like yours. I do agree with you about hcsps moderation though. It seems as though multi subject shots are flavor of the month right now. Which I find a shame, but they can only let in what’s submitted.

      Speaking about hcsp generally. The major complaint I have with it (and why I have left the group) is the pervading attitude of sarcasm, arrogance and putting people down (which I got taken in by admittedly). The admins are responsible for this. And the snarkier the member the more likely he is to get “promoted” to admin.

      What I like so much about the community Eric is creating is that it seems a supportive one, run by a guy that never says a bad word about anyone. In fact I’m amazed he published the interview with Justin when it contains, to my mind, a couple a veiled insults.

      1. Thanks for your reply Charlie, I appreciate.

        I disagree with your opinion on panning being a gimmick in general though. My In Motion series is by far the most popular stuff I have published yet, part of it being exhibited during Affordable Art Fair in London this October and one of those images being chosen and awarded by a jury of professional photography industry experts in an urban photography contest with more than 10,000 submissions of urban photography. I would assume that gimmicks do not win serious contests or being exhibited at recognized art fairs.

        I also appreciate Eric’s initiative on the subject, he’s doing a great job, both in community building and raising interest for the subject.

        1. I really respect what the admins do at HCSP– having to go through thousands of submissions and select the images to be included is a massive task and takes a ton of dedication. I tip my hat to all the mods there for all the hard work they do. However it is true that what gets decided to get included is subjective. Not everyone will always agree.

          However they are still one of the best resources on the web in my opinion. I have met a handful of the mods in person, and they are genuinely nice people and a great passion for SP. The internet can always be a bit more snarky ;)

      2. if there were any insults to eric, veiled, or otherwise, I apologize profusely. It certainly was not my intention. I have nothing but positive regard for Eric Kim. He is a very nice person.

    2. Fully agree with your two cents.

      I joined for a week than left. A purely anglo-saxon view of street photography. One vision of the world I don’t particularly subscribe to.
      Add to that that most shots that make it would be judged as irrelevant by public outside of this street photography community. I bet you HCB would never had any shots accepted if he submitted there. ;)

      1. I completely agree with your anglo-saxon point. I thought that about another famous group of photographers in England that everyone seems to like. And I do appreciate the great work. And it does represent one vision. I always thought the images looked a bit cold.

  7. Very illuminating interview… I learnt a lot and Justin seems like a down-to-earth guy. I wish I had the guts to take some of the shots he does.

    I disagree with the commenter who described the featured.shots as ‘mediicre’ – I think they are all pretty top examples. I do agree that the HCSP stream is a bit of a closed shop, although it’s a great resource for inspiration.

  8. Big ups for putting together this interview. It really shows again that Street Photography is a tough topic to define and to appreciate, and to assess. But sharing aspirations and experiences is always far more interesting than labelling people who in the end are caring a lot for this kind of connection with the others. The means we use to do so will be in time corrected if need be to achieve what we do hold dear doing it and it will show up in the pictures we do make. and these will give a clue to who we are when done somewhat honestly. Keep up the good work.
    Cheers and happy shooting.

  9. When I first started reading Justin’s comments (in flickr groups) and commentary on his photos, I thought he was an asshole…and I think at the time he was promoting himself as an asshole. Well, he might be an asshole but he’s VERY passionate about street photography and he doesn’t seem to be falling into the “what’s cool now in the HCSP pool” mentality and finding his own niche.

    So good on Justin. I would like to go shooting with him some day if I ever get to NYC. I imagine he’s a really nice guy in person.

      1. Shooting.

        He doesn’t nearly kiss enough ass. Apparently he knows Terry Richardson, but he’s never introduced me. Not to mention I can barely keep in the bar with me for more than 15 minutes.

        He’s basically a genuine asshole….

        1. I think being a “genuine” anything is underrated. But point taken, next time there is an opening at Lunasa, I will hang out til closing, and if and when I do a show there, I will definitely introduce you to Terry. Just dont mispronounce his name, that shit is embarrassing.

  10. FYI: The criteria for HCSP is basically “something we haven’t seen a thousand million bagillion times before — and if we have seen it before, well, it had better be top notch.” That’s it! No mystery, no secret code, just that. Hope that clears it up and looking forward to your submissions!

    1. Justin is a bit crude and a bit of a dick- but he has a huge passion for street photography and does does invest a lot of energy to help out the street photo community. We all have our faults! ;)

  11. Oh shit! This is the guy that takes pics of women young and old and then degrades them with his idiot online mates. This is hilarious, wait till Leica finds his best stuff, its real filth and you interviewed him, just too funny.

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