Vera Torok & Robert Pap Accidentally on Purpose

“The idea behind “Accidentally on Purpose” was to bring something new into street photography but also follow the footsteps of the genre’s pioneers. Four years ago, the idea of capturing the complexity of urban life and it’s direct impact on how people conduct their lives became very strong.

After years trying to record such complexity we finally had our breakthrough while accidentally reloading a previously exposed film. The resulting images presented such dissonance and harmony that it just made us both silently stare.

From then on the lucky discovery shaped our approach. Swapping rolls to shoot a second layer and therefore merge two unrepeatable moments from two photographer’s distinctive viewpoints could allow us to portray the complexity of perception and let the viewer dive into a multi-layered dimension, between real and virtual worlds.

Always looking for the right combination of light, color and reflection, the photographs were shot in London, Hong Kong and Tokyo on Leica M6 and without any Photoshop retouching.

The chaotic nature of today’s urban life creates great challenges to interpret the world around us. Photography can however help us both to record and understand this complexity.”

– Discover more of Vera and Robert’s work here: Vera Torok / Robert Pap

Monthly Photo Contest

© Stephen Cook

THEME: LANDSCAPE Deadline: 30 April 2020

When taking a picture of a landscape, just like in a portrait or a scene, photographers attempt to tell a story.

From compelling urban scenes to minimalist pulls towards the earth: this month we want to discover and celebrate all the beauty and joy that landscapes can provide.

All approaches are valid and we want to see as many different styles and compositions as possible!


1st Prize: $1000 · 2nd Prize: $600 · 3rd Prize: $400

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