This was taken during Lytham Club Day, a yearly fun day with decorated floats, a funfair, all sorts of music past and present, morris dancing………… and lots and lots of drinking.
The procession of floats was due to pass behind me and this steward was looking bored with the whole deal – even before the parade started – of keeping cars from trespassing onto the route the parade would take.
This was only the 3rd Street Portrait I ever took and it was this image which taught me a very important lesson which I hadn’t realised was just as important [if not more] in the urban environment as it was in portraiture or rural situations: Look at the background – it’s part of the picture too!
It was only after I looked at this image on the monitor did I realise that the only ‘person’ looking [directly] at the camera was the lady in the watch advert high on the building behind! It’s such an important and key part of the image.
I haven’t forgotten it and it’s almost the first thing I consider while waiting for the stories to unfold in front of me……….
1/750 sec @ f/2.4 using Snap Focus
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Street photography and the capturing of candid photos of your fellow human beings as they go about their lives is strangely compelling, addictive even. It’s also very relaxing. Newcomers to it usually get very anxious about being ‘caught in the act’ when, in fact, I find it to be quite the opposite.
I feel absolutely no pressure to have to ‘deliver the goods’ like I do when I invest hours to get a landscape or seascape. Sometimes I go out and never press the shutter button – merely because I see nothing which makes a whole story in one instant.
That’s not to say that I see nothing of interest, quite the opposite, I ALWAYS see something of interest, I just choose not to capture it because the moments either side of the image complete the story and it would be meaningless without them.
The best images always seem to happen when you go unnoticed and have no influence on the scene. Sometimes the subject happens to look your way at the critical moment but these are few and far between. Even if they do, it doesn’t matter, they’d probably do it if you weren’t there.
Almost all of my street images are taken with a 28mm lens which means getting really close to your subject without them noticing. It doesn’t always work that way of course but people seem to dismiss the possibility of someone taking their picture from so close.
I take Street Photographs for me alone, I just post them here because I think some will work for you too – even though you weren’t there. I hope they do.