Archives For June 2013
You would not think so with the apparent happenstance nature of street photography, but I hate to burst any bubbles. It isn’t just walking and rattling off shots. For everyone you see and each place you visit, you have to evaluate them as a foreground subject and what they might do. I don’t take a shot unless the background fits and that can be complimentary, humorous, juxtaposition or just even ‘wow’. And this evaluation has to happen before subject travels into scene!
On a good and focused day, I will get up to 30% keepers – I tend to shoot around 100 frames over the whole day. I had some timely errands to run yesterday and, I thought, I would fit some streets in between. I stumbled on a few nice frames, but it was not finding the ‘message’ in London.
Here are 4 from the day and I hope you like them.
I know it’s not strictly street, but I cannot resist water and reflection shots! SoSuMe!
By the way, does anyone else think of Dr Who’s Cybermen when looking at the chewing gum recycle bins on stalks all over London? Weird.
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2013. Designed by Sou Fujimoto.
“It is a really fundamental question how architecture is different from nature, or how architecture could be part of nature, or how they could be merged…what are the boundaries between nature and artificial things.”
At the request of Nokia, and armed with one of their Lumia 920 handsets, I’ve spent the last 2 days at the ONE campaign’s agit8 concert which aimed to raise awareness and protest against world poverty. Concerts are certainly not a new scenario to me, but it was Monochrom’s first time and I was curious to see how it coped.
It wasn’t my intention to seek out the always present paparazzi, but gravitate to them I did. I thought they might know more than I did about the layout of the event, but no. They’d received calls and just turned up. After I’d shown them my copy of the line up and schedule, we were life long friends!
I have to say, as a slightly minimalist street photographer, I find the large throngs of people difficult to photograph. Singling out behaviour and situations amongst a mass of people can get stressful, so I decided to find the small moments by concentrating on my fellow photographers and the exiting artists.
All, bar one, of the photographers were freelance. Their days are long, often starting at 6 and working through multiple destinations throughout London. Any opportunity is grabbed to dump compact flash cards to their macbook pros, select candidate images, straighten, crop and upload. It’s easy to see why they shoot primarily in JPEG. So who was the one? The Getty photographer of course. Universally hated for their near constant ability to get the best locations, often well behind the impenetrable line of security.
I have to say, the streets are far more enjoyable, but Monochrom performed admirably! I’ll probably do a follow up post with a few more from these 2 days.
Have a great weekend all!
ps, Did you get the Annoying Flies reference? Paparazzi?
My default frame orientation is landscape. It’s just easier and quicker to raise and focus the camera like this. Every so often, tall scenes come along and require me to step out of my comfort zone into … portrait!
Enjoy 100% portrait images from London’s streets.
The Ghost Bus
My camera came back from Leica last week, repaired, calibrated and cleaned, so I took the opportunity to wander the streets in search of life in through rangefinder.
Soho Square, at lunch time. Literally hundreds of people commanding a few feet of space for the precious sun.
I couldn’t resist this architectural shot when I walked through Southwark Underground Station.