Decided to go through some old pictures from last years trip to Dubai that, for one reason or another, didn’t make the final cut. It reminded me of how important it is to not just delete shots you don’t like right away. This one, at first, seemed too underexposed to use. When I brightened it up and adjusted everything, I noticed the humor in this older man seemingly lost in some sort of serious work when right behind him is an absurd scene of mannequins in unnatural poses lit by the display lights. On the shutter to the left, the birds, ships and lights of the city play off of his seeming isolation. I love how this image came together, and didn’t even know I’d taken it!
and a very HBD to my long time magical and classy friend @pamelasilvatv ...hope it’s the bestest of days friend 🎉🎂🍦🎊✨🌈 #stayclassy
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Some of the most common questions I get asked as a street photographer is how to overcome the fear of candidly photographing strangers, and how to deal with people’s reactions towards me and my camera. Do I worry about aggravating people? Have I ever encountered hostility or aggression whilst out shooting? This photograph completely encapsulates the vibe I experience when I’m wandering London with my camera - it’s the polar opposite of threatening 😂 We are our own worst enemies when it comes to pushing our comfort zones. I’m equally guilty of presuming that I was going to come home with a smashed camera and several broken bones when I first starting going out to shoot street. There’s a combination of factors that have meant that this is unlikely to happen: 1. I frequent predominately “tourist” areas where pretty much everyone and their dog also has a camera (or at least a camera phone) in their hand, so nobody cares at all that I’m wandering around with mine. 2. My X100F is THE most non-threatening, discreet and cutely retro little thing, so if anybody notices it at all, it’s only to comment on how vintage it looks, or to ask me if I’m shooting film with it. 3. Because of those preconceptions that everybody has, I genuinely believe there is a massive advantage to being a female street photographer. I wander around with my pink kitty cat backpack and my pretty little camera, normally toting Primark bags from Tottenham Court Road (because I have no will power) and a lipstick-smeared coffee cup, and if anybody notices me taking photos at all, they’re probably just amazed that I can juggle all those things simultaneously and not get a blurry shot 😉 4. Most importantly, call me naive, but generally, people are actually quite nice and non-violent. This guy looked pretty chuffed when I raised my camera. He didn’t punch me (or indeed, threaten to punch me). This photograph is full of background bonus features too - the obligatory Levi T-shirt on the right, the man in flamingo pose on the left, and the surreal reflection in the glass in the foreground (I’ve spent time zoomed in on it during post-production, and I STILL can’t work out wtf it is) 😂
|| LOOKING BACK || When I find myself constantly daydreaming back to yesterday, getting caught in the incredible moments that I feel so grateful to have experienced (like our amazing honeymoon @matthewrenew 😍) I try to remind myself that the present - however mundane it may seem in that moment - is part of a bigger picture of life that will define the new and equally beautiful memories to come.