Curated Photos | February 1, 2016 | Amy Jasek

For me, each week's photostream is a little like Christmas Morning, but never quite so much as when I get to curate a week without a theme.  What I saw, when I looked at the beautiful collection of submissions, were photographs that came together to tell stories - three, stories, to be exact.  I present them to you here as the dichotomy of public v private life, with the reality of celebrity cast against the longing for childhood, an adventure through nature that begins with the breaking of a rule, and a road journey to the city that begins at dawn.  These stories are what I saw; what do you see, what story would you tell?

Next week's curated photostream will feature the theme of Order and Disorder and will be curated by Ruby Berry. You can submit your photos of randomness and patterns here, https://goo.gl/upspXX

Amy Jasek

Texas, USA

Photography is a family tradition. I was raised in the darkroom, and on the fine art work of photographers like Edward Weston, Diane Arbus, and Ansel Adams. My father took me photographing with him regularly and taught me how to look at light. He gave me my first camera (an Olympus RC); I made my first black and white print (standing on a stool!) at the age of 7. There are some gaps in the timeline of my photographic journey, enforced upon it by life in general, but film and cameras are one of the few things that have remained constant every step of the way. For me, photography is all about moments and truth. I like to work in black and white so that I can highlight those two things. The truth, form, and simplicity of the moment is presented; I feel that removing the color from the scene brings these things out. I believe street photography is a little window into the heart and soul of a place, a time, and the people in it. These days I tend more toward street portraits and interaction with my subjects, but my drive for capturing the candid moment remains the same.