03 September 20
It's been a little while since I took an interest in street photography and I haven't been out shooting on the streets for quite a while now, but having recently updated my website and added some new street photography to the new gallery, I thought I'd write a little post about my experiences here.
I love the feeling of learning in photography, and there is always something new to learn. Having spent most of my career either in the studio shooting products (mostly footwear) or in front of a stage photographing bands and performers - and I still have plenty to learn in those genres, but switching focus to other areas of photography can make you a more rounded photographer and learn to look at things in a different way than you normally might.
Street photography is an area I've always had an interest in, but it takes time and a lot of patience to get those special images you see from the likes of Sean Tucker and Joshua K Jackson. From the limited time I've spent shooting on the streets, I'm fairly happy with some of the imagery I've created. Living in a sleepy village in Somerset has it's perks, but street photography opportunities are really quite limited, in fact this shot of the sheepskin coats sign is the only image I've shot and liked from where I call home.
Big cities, in my opinion are the place to head for street photography - there is always something happening. Lights, people and architecture can be found everywhere you look, making it a great landscape to capture some fantastic moments that will usually go unnoticed. Shooting in New York last year was incredible, I'll certainly be heading back at some point. Here are some of my favourites from that trip.
London is another fantastic place to shoot, although I'd say it's never been that successful for me! I've shot on the streets of London a few times, mostly just spending an hour or two when travelling around to another shoot.
The main time I shot the streets of London, I attended a Street Photography International meetup, it was the first time I'd ever gone along to any kind of photographer meeting - it was okay, but it wasn't for me. We met in Hyde Park and we walked around in a large group of about 30-35 photographers (possibly more) and we understandably drew a lot of attention. I felt like everyone was chomping at the bit to try and get the best shot of the day, it all seemed a bit forced for me. During the walk I hardly shot anything, because of this, I decided to leave the walk about half way through and go my own way. I ended up walking miles around Central London that afternoon, and I had a fantastic time - here's a few shots from that day.
Most of the other imagery in my Street Photography gallery has come from times before I really wanted to try street photography properly. Some of these shots fit nicely into the category and some are a little bit of a push for them to be really categorised as street photography - but, I like them there...for now.
Thanks for stopping by, Will
(I'll probably revisit this post in the future)