Resisting the pursuit of the picturesque as well as the snap happy finger, I pause to ask myself: ‘why am I taking this shot?’ Something about the washed out light, muted colours and the red car struck me. The longitudinal street scene is a favourite perspective and the bare Rowan trees guide the eye line in a bi-focal way. Momentarily it is possible to overlook the association of Great Ormond street with sick children and anxious relatives, who come here for whatever the outcome. I find reflections irresistible, and the circular glass frontage at Holborn circus gives depth, as well as a fish eye lens view that penetrates into the square mile. The roadwork barriers are a mess of colour but draw attention to the spatial activity of pedestrians, dwarfed by their surrounds. I like the plain sky although perhaps it would be better darker or noisier. On a white background, it makes the image appear like a cut-out, hence the display border.Another street portrait – Hatton Wall, overlaid with nostalgia. It’s a Sunday but the closed shutters signify the jewellery quarter ‘s evident decline. Once upon a Sabbath, it would have been bustling and hustling since the majority of people working here were Jewish, including my husband when he was a very young man. At the junction of Leather lane, stall frames are stored in readiness for next market day. A good tryout for the ‘Old Days’ image effect on my Panasonic G6.
Intropsective: Since we mostly pop the question: Why am I taking this picture? before we snap, I’m interested in the whys and wherefores of what others have captured – feel free to share your link in the comments
The one question you should ask yourself…