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Leanne Staples
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"Composition must be one of our constant preoccupations, but at the moment of shooting it can stem only from our intuition, for we are out to capture the fugitive moment, and all the interrelationships involved are on the move." - Henri Cartier-Bresson
#cartierbresson   #composition   #streetphotography  
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+Aamir Shahzad to be fair, it is Cartier-Bresson's quote :-)
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+Joshua Evan my sentiments exactly!
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There's the sense of life and abandonment at the same time.
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They still have mirrors in your state?
Please don't hate me for that. It's all the issues.
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check out this hauntingly beautiful! photo by +Joshua Evan 
From my series Trees. Intentional Camera Movement.

You can see more of my work on

#intentionalcameramovement   #abstractphotography   #photography  
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+Shahnaz Perveen this is photo based art :-)
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With the return of Spring comes non-stop festival season in New York City! So many photographic opportunities! Every year I look forward to photographing the Coney Island Mermaid Parade and the Gay Pride Parade to name a few. As well, the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg will be back outside in Williamsburg again soon!

I specialize in photo tours in all 5 boroughs in New York City including off the beaten track tours to Coney Island, Dumbo, Harlem, Long Island City and Williamsburg to name a few. I have also recently added NYC Subway art tours to the list of tours that I provide.   

Book your tour with a licensed New York City tour guide and capture photos of New York City that you'll be happy to frame. Be certain to check out some testimonials from my clients at
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Sounds like you'll have alot to photograph this year once more. Best wishes for your great pics to come!
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brilliant photo based art by +Joshua Evan 
From the series Trees #2 | intentional camera movement

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As a woman photographer, I am often asked if there is a difference between photography produced by women and men? And why photography is still very much dominated by men? Historically, many male photographers approached photography as a source of income. While female photographers focused on photography as a process of creation. Take Vivian Maier as an example. Clearly she was a talented photographer. Yet she made very little attempt to share her work with others. The fact that we know her photography is pure luck.

That said, we are living in very different times and women are still underrepresented in mainstream photography, in galleries and museums. Whether there is a difference between the photography of women and men is perhaps worthy of a lengthy thesis. But there is no doubt that when it comes to quality and worthiness, the two are equals, So why is there such an imbalance, that is a question that needs to be addressed!
#womenphotographers   #newyorkcityphotography  
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+Leanne Staples Excellent post! I can relate to Vivian Maier, though I am not eccentric, I started drawing, painting as a child...Led me to fall in love with film photography, eventually digital etc. I never took myself that seriously....I had this compulsion since childhood to create...& have. My dad had me doing artworks for people since I was 12 yr old. Through out my life I've freelanced & sold various types of artwork...for very little money! I don't think people know how much emotion & work goes into it.

I also found it very difficult going on the Internet. ( I am kinda withdrawn & shy by nature ) But I have to admit being on photog groups especially G+ has cured that.
Sorry this is so long...but this post really hit the nail on the head with me.
Wishing you and your family a very Happy Easter Leanne. :)
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Photographer, Artist, Writer & Licensed New York City Tour Guide
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Montreal, Quebec - Detroit, Michigan - Birmingham, Michigan - San Francisco, CA
"The real act of discovery consists not in finding new lands but in seeing with new eyes." Marcel Proust
Photographer, Artist and Writer.
a passionate urban landscape, street, social documentary photographer & artist aka ifotog on the internet
On G+ since July 8, 2011. 

I sell my photos through my website . As well, I have a number of photos and other items available on Etsy, Blurb and Zazzle. If there is a photo that you would like to purchase that isn't available on these sites, let me know. There's a list towards the bottom of this page of most of my social network sites.

I also give private and group lessons in the art of photography, composition, street photography, portfolio review and photowalks. Address inquiries to

• Co-founder of Shoot the Street 

Leanne Staples is primarily a urban photographer, artist and writer. She was given her first camera at the age of 12 by her father. For many years her concentration was mainly as an architectural photographer. It was, as she has said, "an obsessive pursuit for an unreal purity." One day, after being annoyed by people walking into her shot, she decided not to fight it anymore, to shoot people passing by the buildings. Without knowing it, that began her venture into street photography!

She started out in film and after some skepticism about digital, she finally made the transition in 2006. A self-described gonzo photog, you can find her on the streets with camera in hand searching for the perfect backdrop in which to shoot. A few things that she is always seeking out are shadows, reflections, patterns, motion blur, clouds, graffiti, interesting people and of course architecture.

Also known as ifotog on the internet. 

my photos have appeared
  • Lens Jockey magazine
  • Scion magazine
  • Snapixel magazine
  • wastd magazine
  • Slow Food magazine Italy
  • Milan exhibition
  • Barcelona gallery
  • New York City café
  • Coney Dogs in L.A. restaurant
  • The Bronx Brewery website
  • Photoshop Support website
  • street photography documentary film by +Tanya Sleiman
the list above is incomplete. to be updated.

• You can see me on Trey Radcliff's Hangout #8 my portion of the hangout starts at about 50 minutes in.

I could name about 100+ people who inspire me. It's just too many, so I'm going to do something slightly different here. 
here's the beginning of my favorite photog list. It is a work in progress.


In 1979, Lester Bangs wrote an article for The Village Voice about previous New Year's Eve dates. I was his date in 1976. Here is a brief excerpt.

"1976: I had been going out with this girl for a couple of months kinda scene-makin photog-lolligagin around Detroit. She'd decided I was a fag since one nite in Oct/Nov thereabouts at a Barry White concert when we'z sittin behind Ohio Players, the world's worst opening act, and she sez, re the bass player, "He's got a nice ass" and I sat up a bit to look and she gave me a weird stare and that was that. So anyway me and this snope-lobe keep a-datin', but no sex. I was clumsy and shy and she, well, I guess her cameras woulda got in the way."

You can find the entire article in his book Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung.

"Ultimately, Photography is subversive not when it frightens, repels or even stigmatizes, but when it is pensive, when it thinks." - Roland Barthes
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I survived the 1998 Montréal Ice Storm, the 2011 earthquake in NYC, Hurricane Irene and Hurricane Sandy
  • Concordia University Montreal
    BA English Literature, 1992
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