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.


Park Life
Park Life


I know it’s not strictly street, but I cannot resist water and reflection shots! SoSuMe!

Billingsgate Market
Billingsgate Market

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.


Looking for answers

The Matrix

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.”

Sou Fujimoto


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Annoying Flies

June 14, 2013 — Leave a comment

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.

Jools & Tom
Jools Holland and Sir Tom Jones

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!

Juliet Stevenson
Juliet Stevenson

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.

Ellie Goulding & Jeremy Irvine at agit8
Jeremy Irvine,Richard Curtis and Ellie Goulding

Amelia Lily
Amelia Lily, pausing for the media.

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.

Jeff Bright

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?

Street Artist

June 7, 2013 — Leave a comment

The presence of kids in street images either makes or breaks them. This one is all the better for the two faces of skepticism and awe at the inverted juggler.

Scepticism and awe

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.

Dapper in purpleDapper in purple

The Ghost Bus

The Ghost Bus

Shopping TallShopping Tall

No. 197 Blackfriars Rd
No. 197 Blackfriars Rd

London Streets Series

June 4, 2013 — 2 Comments

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.

St Christopher's Place
St Christopher’s Place

London Visitor

Bench with a view
Bench with a view

Soho Square, at lunch time. Literally hundreds of people commanding a few feet of space for the precious sun.

Lunchtime in Soho Square. Like sardines!
Like sardines!

I couldn’t resist this architectural shot when I walked through Southwark Underground Station.

Southwark Underground Station