Street Photography – Chosen
This first image was captured as this person was pacing up and down. It was clear that she was impatiently waiting for someone and began to get fed up. I was waiting for her to stop but took her whilst she walked back and forth and eventually chose this as her body language was more natural.
I saw the chap by the wall arrive and settle to make a role up. This was the first shot I took of him and just as I did this other person walked past. and turned to stare at him. I like the composition of this and the focus being on the man squatting down. I also like the way the passer-by is walking, it looks like he is marching and has an almost military pose. There is also an ear piece or something similar hanging down the side of his face.
This third image was the strongest image of all my images from the shoot. We had just had a sudden downpour and after the rain stopped the sun came out and for a short while it felt quite warm. A homeless guy walked by and he stood there smiling and enjoying the sun. I took the opportunity to capture him as he stood still. Beat Streuli was a photographer who headed out onto the street and specialised in taking images of peoples expressions when they were unaware. The theory is that a persons true face will appear when they are not trying to make false impressions and when they think no one is paying attention. I am not sure that the philosophy is particularly true but it was Streuli’s style that influenced me when taking my own image.
After the rain had ended the slab pavement had started to produce some fantastic reflections. There were a couple of street performers who had turned up and one was stood having a cigarette prior to starting his act. His casual demeanour was very out of character and so I decided to shoot him, I was also struck by the reflection in the pavement and the strange colourful shopping trolley at the side which all combined to make a very odd picture. Matt Stuart is one of my favourite photographers and I love the way he is able to capture strange and funny moments. As I took my shot I was reminded of this image he caught taken in Covent Garden.
This next image was taken in a hurry, I saw the oriental looking girl stood nearby and I noticed a bus coming down the road with a sign saying “Time for Taiwan”. I wanted to capture the two together and I had to move fast in order to capture this. The result was a slightly blurred image that sort of achieves its goal but the blur does detract somewhat.
Just after taking the last image I noticed this chap holding up a camera attempting to take a picture of himself. He tried two or three times and never seemed happy with the result. I was tempted to help him but decided to just take a picture of him instead. In addition to his unusual behaviour a bus came past with the advert for the new Alfred Hitchcock movie. Hitchcock was famous for his side profile which he used as his brand image and I felt this tied in nicely with the side profile image of the chap taking his photo.
My final image in the sequence was taken on the spur of the moment. As I was leaving Trafalgar Square a man came storming up the street shouting and swearing at anyone he saw. I had just been putting my camera away so I took this in a hurry. The sun was out but went behind the sun as I was about to shoot and my shutter speed dropped causing the image to blur. However on this occasion the blur actually adds to the image and the sense of action and turmoil come across nicely.