“IF THE SHOE FITS…”
«“If the shoe fits…”» is a street series in which there is one primary character per scene, shifting from picture to picture but serving to a specific purpose: a pair of shoes.
It is quite a usual thing to say that you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes. The photographer’s father was one of them, and the belief passed on a direct line. It is not a regular attitude, he says, but now and then the author finds himself looking down as he walks along the street. He often notices shoes and feet, whether human, animal, or sometimes both together. A person can wear a new or old pair of shoes. If old, it can be clean and well-taken care, or it can be dirt and neglected. It is a form matching the function situation. All it takes is a bit of intuition to read into a person, if you understand that sort of thing. Sometimes they make an interesting, pretty, funny, or even sad photograph, and variety is the key to a fascinating and intriguing series.
Richard Bram is an American photographer, working in the industry since 1984. His street work grew from the out-takes of commercial jobs, and eventually took precedence. He defines himself as a straight photographer, meaning he tries to depict a sincere and honest scene, and does not change or manipulate the street set. This philosophy makes it harder to take good pictures, but, he says, he likes such a challenge. He will always keep on shooting, and currently he is working on a landscape project around Limehouse Reach—the part of the Thames in London where he lives. His third book of street work, “Short Stories,” has just been published, in conjunction with a major retrospective exhibition in Mannheim, Germany.