“I love to do candid photography. I don’t like the “say cheese” pictures. I wanted to capture the candid facial expression of people as it is.
I find it very exciting to walk the streets “hunting” faces. (And I walked many streets in many cities) In other segments of photography when you go to take pictures you can in many cases predict or even plan your activities and results. When taking candid street images you have no idea what you are going to catch. You have to rely on your eyes, instincts and quick decision and action. The trick is to blend into the crowd, move slowly and be ready. The difficult part is to spot a face in a distance and position yourself in a way that you will be able to capture that face when he/she is closer to you.
What I want is to capture a human face and show the feelings and the state of mind of that person at that moment. To accentuate that facial expression I started with time to remove the portrait’s natural background and replace it with a dark one. I want the viewer to be alone with the portrait without any other elements that might disturb the viewer’s attention.”
ABOUT ITZICK LEV
“I was born in Israel about 73 years ago; in the last 40 years, I am living in Denmark. I started to take pictures at the beginning of my twenties. When moving to Denmark I made a break, about 8 years ago, I renewed my active interest in photography again.