Winner Life Framer Prize

First Prize: “AN INSTANT” LIFE FRAMER PHOTOGRAPHY PRIZE

Exhibition in New York, Rome and Tokyo

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“There is a lot going on in this image, it makes me curious. What is in this man’s mouth? What’s under his arm? Have they not seen each other? Who’s hidden behind them? What is she photographing? It is certainly an ‘instant’ and you can feel the energy of it…” – Olivia Arthur

“For an impromptu street image, this has a remarkable crispness and wonderful lighting that almost looks staged. Bas captures that decisive moment of almost-interaction in our busy urban environments, where two people almost connect, or in this case almost collide, in his own brilliantly distinctive style. The woman is overstimulated and lost in her phone, and the man is alert to the moment, but also multi-tasking at pace. It says so much about our hectic, modern-day world. I love the emptiness either side of the two characters, heightening our focus on them, and then the details at the edges – on the left, another person lost in their smartphone/headphones, and on the right the shadow of someone scratching their heads – perhaps bemused by our modern existence! It’s a fabulous, frozen moment”. – Life Framer Editors