I went out with a good friend of mine the other day to do some street photography in and around the city of Leeds. I love to photograph people as I have stated on many occasions and much of my photography reflects this passion. To some extent, street photography is a far cry from many of the situations that I find myself in as a professional photographer, but also similar in as much that you’re still looking for the same human responses and idiosyncrasies. The style of wedding, family and event photography that I produce is of a documentary and candid nature and still very much deals with that frozen moment where the subject/person is not necessarily aware of the photograph being taken. That said, the subject/person could then glance over at me and not be at all surprised to see me there because I am of course meant to be there to record the event as it happens.
With street photography this dynamic changes because you are photographing people who are blissfully unaware that they are having their photo taken. Most of the time anyway. With that comes new challenges, certainly regarding getting specific shots and capturing specific moods. You are recording people in public and therefore have to deal with your subject matter in a slightly different way by being a little more discrete in your approach. I have found that the resulting photography is far more subtle and the narrative behind each image is slightly more profound. You are still telling a story with your work. Much of the time you are looking for real authentic junctures that speak of where you are. Mirroring the story that the street is telling so to speak.
Here are a hand full of images from the Leeds shoot.
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