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Street photography is the union of formalism (geometry, shape, patterns) with surrealism.

Weathering heights 

Last week I saw Everybody Street, a wonderful film about New York street photographers, at the Full Frame Theater at the American Tobacco Campus. One of my favorite photogs, Joel Meyerowitz, is featured in the movie; he co-wrote Bystander: A History of Street Photography, a must-read for those of you interested in the art form.

One of the points in the book, although I can't remember who said it, is that street photography is the union of formalism (geometry, shape, patterns) with surrealism. The challenge is to capture that union on the fly, in the chaos of the street.

Saturday morning, on the last warm day of the season, I strolled through a very quiet American Tobacco Campus to check out the ice skating rink. On the way, I met two men who had been hired to hoist the heavy holiday wreath onto metalwork at the south end of the main plaza. I loved the austerity and rigidity of the steel frame, and its interaction with the softness of the wreath and malleability of the human form.

See a series of photos at the editor's blog.

Lisa Sorg is the editor of the INDY. Her blog documents the small moments of life in the Triangle in photographs and stories—as a reminder to why we live here.

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