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iPhone Streetphoto Project

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

As a bit of fun I’ve started using my iPhone to do some street photography. To be honest it’s a very different experience to using my regular axe – a Leica M and a 50 – but, as I say, it’s a bit of fun.

Bloomsbury, London. January 2012

I’m uploading the pictures using the Instagram service. If you have an iPhone you can follow my project as it develops.

Green Man

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Does this count as street photography? Dunno, it’s just one of those things you see when all you’ve got with you is an iPhone.

Green Man

Green Man

Wouldn’t really work in black and white anyway.

Vivian Maier

Friday, July 8th, 2011

There’s some great work on show as part of the London Street Photography Festival these days. I attended the opening of the much heralded Vivian Maier: A Life Uncovered at the Gymnasium in Kings Cross with an open mind – was she really as good as everyone says?

(If you don’t know the Vivian Maier story then this is a pretty good place to start.)

"Late 1956" Courtesy vivianmaier.com (© Vivian Maier)

"Late 1956" Courtesy vivianmaier.com (© Vivian Maier)

Well, after all the hype, it was my turn to be impressed. There is a wonderful spread of work on show in this exhibition, including some of her 8mm movies, but it’s the square Rollei work that is the most impressive. This was a woman who really knew what she was doing – the technical prowess is superb. Street photography at its best.

"Untitled, Unknown" Courtesy vivianmaier.com (© Vivian Maier)

"Untitled, Unknown" Courtesy vivianmaier.com (© Vivian Maier)

An extra delight on seeing the show is the breadth of her repertoire. She didn’t just take observational street pictures but also fascinating portraits. I highly recommend a visit. The show closes on 24 July.

"Untitled, 1956" Courtesy vivianmaier.com (© Vivian Maier)

"Untitled, 1956" Courtesy vivianmaier.com (© Vivian Maier)

Street Photography

Monday, May 16th, 2011

So what is street photography? There are as many definitions as there are photographers but, for what it’s worth, here are the elements that I think must be present to make a picture truly ‘street’.

Man and scooter. Valencia 2002.

Man and scooter. Valencia 2002.

Observational

This is the key. The subject must be observed and the picture taken spontaneously. There must be no arranging or setting up – not of people, not of lighting, not of conditions. You’ve got to work with what there is.

The photographer should only be in control of himself, and of no other element of the scene.

Karadjordjeva, Belgrade, Serbia. February 2004.

Karadjordjeva, Belgrade, Serbia. February 2004.

Outside

Okay, so perhaps not necessarily actually ‘outside’, but definitely in a public space. I guess this goes without saying, but the fact that the photographer is not in control of the space is very important.

Locomotion. Vienna 2004.

Locomotion. Vienna 2004.

Movement

Unless there is something changing about the scene then I don’t think it’s street photography – it’s probably landscape. There has to be something fleeting about the composition – something that will never happen again – an alignment of compositional elements or lighting conditions.

That’s about all I can think of right now. There are other things that are essential to any good picture, but any good picture that doesn’t satisfy the criteria above isn’t ‘street’ – not in my book.

Oh, and no – I don’t think street photography has to be black and white, it’s just that mine is. Mostly! (See this post…)

Street Photography Courses

You can see further examples of my street photography here.

Colour street photography!

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
Peckam Multi-storey Car Park

Peckam Multi-storey Car Park

Okay, so occasionally I can’t resist taking the odd street picture in colour (or “color” – whatever) when the only camera I have to hand is my phone. I came across this one by accident just now. I rather like it. Taken in south London’s most notorious neighbourhood, Peckham – although I’ve never found it so bad. This is in the multi-storey car park at the end of last summer.

Studio fun

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Thanks to everyone who came down to Iliffe Yard last night for a Negroni, a chat, and to browse through some street pictures. Everyone seemed to have as much fun as I did! Special thanks are due to Eva, my patient wife, for all the wonderful food. And to James for his cocktail skills. I hope there aren’t too many thick heads around this morning.

Once again I got swept away so much with everything that I completely forgot to get some pictures taken, so you’ll just have to use your imagination.

Of course the event had it’s serious side, and I believe I may have made a large stride in the direction of some funding for a pet project. More details later…

Visiting Lisbon? Visit camerawalk.com

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Just had an email from Nick Gurney, a photographer friend, who moved from London to Lisbon last year at about the same time as I moved from Valencia to London. He’s part of a new enterprise in the gorgeous city of Lisbon called camerawalk, which strikes me as a great idea.

camerawalk.com

camerawalk.com

They take small groups of amateur photographers for walks through lesser known parts of the city explaining how to take better pictures, stopping off for the odd coffee at out of the way cafés, explaining the importance of good composition and how to achieve it, that sort of thing.

Sounds like a great idea that deserves every success. Visit their website to find out more.

Cocktail Party – 24th March

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

The next open evening at my studio is on Thursday 24th March 2011.

Locomotion, Vienna. October 2003.

Locomotion, Vienna. October 2003.

I’ll be ready to welcome everyone from about 6pm. The work on show will be Street Photography from the last decade, taken as I travelled around Europe.

Kapitulska, Bratislava. November 2003.

Kapitulska, Bratislava. November 2003.

Have a look at the street photography gallery on my website to get a feeling for what will be on the walls.

Caracal, Romania. February 2005.

Caracal, Romania. February 2005.

If you haven’t been to the studio before, please do come! Getting here couldn’t be easier. From Kennington:

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Walking route from Kennington station (click the image for a printable version)

or from Elephant & Castle:

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Walking route from Elephant & Castle station (click on image for a printable version)

or you can get directions from Google.

It promises be a diverting evening, so I hope you can make it. Please RSVP by clicking an option below:

  • Yes – I can come.
  • No – sorry, busy that night.