“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.”
For Ross Harvey, this quote is the most eloquent and profound explanation of why a photograph that engages the mind of the viewer—rather than simply handing over a single answer on a plate—invokes greater emotion and connection with the art.
Fittingly, Harvey’s deeply held appreciation for the mysterious and the indirect came about rather circuitously. First, while earning a master’s degree in Advanced Computer Science, Harvey taught himself graphic design. Having grown up doodling and daydreaming, Harvey discovered the creative industry was much more suited to his mindset.
In 2006, an impulse purchase saw Harvey buy his first camera, a Canon 350D. The perfect channel for his creativity was discovered. Then, on Christmas Day, 2009, his life changed. His father generously offered him a Nikon D700 with the accompanying lenses. The gifts were accompanied by a simple, hand-written note, “Follow Your Dreams.”
Today, Harvey works as an accomplished wedding photographer while he ceaselessly explores the world around him. In his words, “Streets are the canvas of culture, painted upon by the people that walk upon it. To truly know a city you must walk the streets, and when doing so, you may stumble upon the bizarre, the wonderful and the beautiful.”
Editors’ note: Ross Harvey is one of the 31 winners and finalists of the LensCulture Street Photography Awards 2015! We are proud to present the work of these photographers who show us why street photography today remains as fresh and vibrant as ever!