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Street photography project: sequences

This is the third in the series but not third time lucky. A sequence of photos is a narrative where two or more photos are better than the one image of a thousand words. It was difficult to find even the one!

“Be aware of people arriving somewhere to do something”

Mirrored pillars offer an interesting setting but the narrative petered out into a set of still moves. What was left though was the appearance not of a reflection but a doppelgänger…[click to englarge]

Evidently sequences rely on relative stillness of action so I set the scene with floral trolley in Covent Garden and waited…some girls arrived – the raindrops began – and the pigeons left. End of!

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Like street theatre, sequences are a mime. I like the paradox of this couplet in that the boy’s focus of attention is contrary to the crowds and the action behind him whilst only the ‘living statue’ is following his gaze


If I’m learning anything about street photography it is that it is not as easy as it looks. People do interesting things but pointing and shooting street scenes is like blowing bubbles. More often than not, it’s just a mess, or the moment has burst before the shutter. If nothing else, these projects are training my eye to look and see better – and be patient:

“Street photography is a continual sequence anyway – of near misses and hope”

Photographers to watch:





playing with photography @ eljaygee whilst Tell Tale Therapy has a weakness for words

5 thoughts on “Street photography project: sequences

  1. I admire your tenacity. Street photography is challenging, especially in places with a lot of footfall. The thing that frustrates me is when I see something potentially interesting and there are other people in the way, usually either doing or wearing something unsightly and distracting !

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