We all know the adage about not judging a book by its cover, but most of us regularly do, if we are honest. When I approach what I consider to be 'interesting people' for a street portrait, I can't help prejudging the reaction I'll get just before I approach them. Last week I approached two people in the city centre, the first was an old sea dog at a bus stop that had just started to smoke his pipe. World weariness and tales form the sea were deeply etched on to his face and ideal for a portrait. We chatted politely for a while,but at my request of a photograph his face contorted with rage - along with the demand of £100 and the threat of calling the police. Although I thought he was a shoe-in, all the Werther's originals and friendly banter in the world wasn't going to get me that portrait.
Four days later, when I saw this young Mum and her brood, I assumed it would be a flat 'no thank you'. I thought her alternative look, including facial piercings and tattoos, may leave her guarded about how she is perceived by the older generation. She was in fact by far the politest and most considerate person I met all week.
Till next time...
Three Billboards in Digbeth
What you doing?"
"What you doing that for?"
I get these questions regularly when I'm out shooting, but never more so than my recent couple of visits to Milton Keynes.
This month Brazilian photographer Marcio Cabral was stripped of the much coveted Wildlife Photographer of the Year award because he had faked his winning image by placing a stuffed Ant Eater to create the scene.
It's the UK's only dessert
It's the location of Derek Jarman's garden
It's the site of a nuclear power station...
When photographer Stephen Shore moved to Montana in the early 1980s he didn't take a single picture of the beautiful plains and mountains of his new home for 2 years. His reasoning was that he needed that time to truly see and understand the landscape; to see how the light and land continually change and to get beyond the clichés and excitement of a new view. What then do you do when you only have a couple of weeks or in this case just a day?
More than ever I'm starting to feel my age. Don't get me wrong, I've got the hairline, waistline, 2.4 nuclear family to go with it, but like most men my mental age is usually between 16 - 21.
The iPhone X is out and it is promoted to have the best camera on an iPhone so far. That was also said for the 8, 7, 6,6s,5,5s and 4s , but hey, who's counting?
The coastal location out of season is rich and enduring topic for photographers. Mine is from one day in Coney Island, January 2018.