I live in the heart of the city and London is my photo project most of the time. Even so I realise many of the images are devoid of people – quite an achievement in some ways.
I do admire the journalistic lens – all those photographers that can tell a human story in one frame. It takes a particularly astute eye, patience in waiting for the shot to occur, and a fast draw on the shutter.
I’ve tried a few projects but candid photography does not really suit my more introverted, camera-shy self so when not in crowded places, people are more like accidental tourists that hove in to view at the last moment. Or with back, side or distant views, they offer a point of interest to a scene.
I am not sure which of the two walkway shots above I prefer – with or without the passers-by? [click for closer view]
So I continue to take photos of London streets – alleys, side turnings, roads etc. I think it is the architectural framing I enjoy, the long perspective, the bends that draw the eye. Whatever it is, it’s what makes me a street photographer!