From Street photogaphy


No matter how hard you work at your photography, sometimes the key to success is pure luck. The image in this post is a great example. I was on the touchline at a local football match (Brighton & Hove Albion, for those who are interested), and decided to grab a few shots of the crowd instead of the action on the pitch.

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Welcome to the street gallery!

Finally got around to launching another of the galleries – sorry for the delay as we have been pretty busy for the last couple of weeks!

The great things about street photography is that you can do it petty much anywhere that man has made a mark… the street, of course, but inside buildings, in parks, on a bus or in the underground. What is street photography? Well, a definition we might use is the interplay of people and the environment they have created. If you might consider that photography is comprised of four key elements – technique, composition, impact and meaning – then street photography really aims for the last two.

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Impressions of Hastings

2013 was a difficult year for me for photography. The weather was awful (it didn’t stop raining, did it) and combined with the economic depression people looked quite miserable – so taking photos within my preferred genre (street) became quite a challenge. Yes, I know some photographers say they get their best images in bad weather – but all I seem to get is wet!

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Having experimented with panning images of hubby and car back in 2010, I then  decided to try it out for real out in the big wide world. The South Bank in London has a good skateboard park so off we went to see what we could find…

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Paternoster Square

Spent most of this long weekend setting the site up, so not really much time to add anything special as a post today! However, thought it would be a shame to do nothing, so have added this image taken just off Paternoster Square by St Paul’s London.

This was taken on film, with a Leica M6. I spotted the potential in the sculpture and waited for someone suitable to turn up. Fortunately, I managed to catch this passer-by in a reasonable pose in the right place… sometimes it is just about luck (and a bit of practice too)!

Taken July 2011 with Leica M6, Ilford B&W film, 35mm lens

Through the square window

This is one of the first images I took with my Leica M8. It’s nothing special, but I was attracted by the regularity of the windows. The hint of a tree on the right hand side, which I decided to leave in view rather than moving to avoid it, lends it a little something to an otherwise very angular composition.

Image taken on 27 August 2010, Leica M8 with 35mm Summarit lens, 1/2000th at F 2.8 and ISO 320

Revolution Square

I suspect when the Revolution Square underground station in Moscow was being built, nobody would have imagined that it would witness the dramatic changes since the dawn of Perestroika. This truly is one of the most spectacular of Stalin’s fabled underground stations, lined with bronze statues of heroic workers and soldiers with square jaws (including the women) and resolute expressions.

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On the town

Christine and I had spent a pleasant day wandering around Oxford, and were just heading home to our hotel (the excellent ‘Old Bank Hotel’ – a great place to stay if you want to be central and feel like pushing the boat out on somewhere upmarket for once) when we passed these two magnificent ladies out, I must presume, for an evening of revelry. There was just time for one grabbed shot, and although it is far from perfect this is certainly one of my favourites from around 500 images I took that day. I converted it to black and white to put the emphasis on the patterns of the dresses rather than their bold colours.

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