Accidentally on Purpose A photography project by Vera Torok & Robert Pap

“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

black and white street photo of man crossing street in New York City in snow storm by Juan Carlo Calingo
© Juan Carlo Calingo

2022 Street Photography AWARD Deadline: 30 September 2022

“It’s not the streets, it’s where the streets lead you that’s important.” – Bruce Davidson

This month we are celebrating street photography of all styles, and are on the hunt for your most compelling examples!⁠ – Candid depictions of quotidian life; prismatic hues amongst the grey of the city; subtle moments of joy, humor, or love: we want to see YOUR streets!⁠


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