Jose Luis Barcia Fernandez is one of the 31 winners and finalists of the LensCulture Street Photography Awards 2015! LensCulture is proud to present the work of these photographers who show us, each in their own way, why street photography today remains as fresh and vibrant as ever!

I focus my photography on people, light and shadow. In “En Sombra,” you will find 20 black and white candid street photos, with vivid geometry, strong juxtapositions and high-contrast lighting, taken and edited only with mobile phones.

I think music is my main inspiration. I listen to music when I am shooting in the street and while I am editing. I love post-rock music and the entire spectrum of feelings and emotions that it evokes. I try to reproduce those feelings in my photos.

For me, photography is a way of expressing emotions and moods; in this series I focus on loneliness, melancholy, inner conflict and the passage of time. In each frame, I confine my subjects between geometric planes of light and shadow.

At different moments, the light represents: a way out, a cell with bars, an island of hope, a transit zone or a double-edged sword. These twenty characters wander erratically in their continuous search for light.

—Jose Luis Barcia Fernandez