The role of luck in Street Photography. Is it an inherent part of the medium to be embraced unequivocally, or should we be more transparent in owning up to those images where chance has smiled fortunately upon us?
Street Photography Workshop in Nantes and Saint Nazaire, June 2021
The highlights of a great weekend's street photography in Nantes and Saint Nazaire, with another highly motivated and creative group from the clubs of Loire Atlantique Photo.
Is it pretentious to call oneself an artist?
How do we define photographic work as art, and can we legitimately assume the mantle of artist, without falling into the trap of sounding pretentious ?
Stardust memories, the early works
Is there a creative edge and energy to our formative work that is never fully re-captured later on in a professional career? I investigate the subject looking back at my own early black and white film-based pictures.
Taking responsibility on the streets
As an experienced Street Photographer, I'm actually not that comfortable taking pictures of strangers. Should we shoot whatever we want in public spaces, or is it better to set personal limits of responsibility and integrity?
Clear the mind and see the light
As the days of isolation have continued I have begun to become more and more aware of how the light at different times of the day turns quotidian household fixtures and fittings into objects of beauty. The simple duty of having to slow down has uncluttered my brain and increased my sense of perception. I literally see things today in a new light.
Visual conversations with Niall McDiarmid
Around 4 years ago I discovered Niall McDiarmid’s work. Over and above enjoying and admiring his images, I felt he ticked many of the boxes that were missing in my work. The crossover of portraiture and street photography really appealed, he was saying something meaningful that went beyond personal artistic expression.
Paris autumn Street Photography workshop
Several months’ preparatory work came to fruition with this autumn’s Street Photography workshop in Paris. From finding a suitable base to seeking out a varied set of locations, my aim is to pass on what I believe are those aspects of the craft that are teachable and reproducible in real life conditions.
Loire Atlantique Photo Spring Workshop
Following on from the success of last autumn's workshop, a new set of street shooting enthusiasts from local photo clubs, joined me for a spring weekend in Nantes & Saint Nazaire. From the city centre flea-market to the seaside promenade: a variety of environments to capture the imagination & harness our skills.
Street Photography without people
Does Street Photography always have to include people? Is it not just more a case of transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary, whether it be objects, buildings or whatever else constitutes the urban landscape.
Weekend Street Photography Workshop in Brussels
Delayed by two years due to the pandemic, my Brussels Street Photography Workshop finally hit the ground running in June of this year. A wonderful experience in this most cosmopolitan of European cities, the wait was well worth it. My full review in words and pictures of the event, held over a long weekend.
You don’t have to be Jewish to be a Photographer
Why is it that so many famous photographers are Jewish? Is it a coincidence or are there certain historical, cultural and social reasons that can explain the link.
Barry Lewis, photographic alchemist
Last week, I took a look back at my early pictures, to discuss the creative peaks in a photography career. This week, I’ve invited Barry Lewis, World Press award winner, regular contributor to Life, National Geographic, and so many prestigious magazines, to join the debate.
Exhibition, Concept Store Photo in Nantes
Having endured a period so marked by social and cultural restrictions, it’s a real privilege, at this year end, to be able to put on an exhibition of my work at Concept Store Photo in Nantes, which can be shared with the public at large. This spacious and elegant photography boutique, provides a great setting for my selection of richly coloured street photographs.
Great Street Photographers take shit pictures
Far from wanting to knock “star names” off their pedestals, I intend to show that one can learn just as much, from bad or error pictures, as from the good ones. Indeed it may be that the “shit photos” separate out the best shooters from the common mortals, just as significantly, as the successful hits do.
Is Street Photography necessarily a solitary occupation?
Many Street Photographers talk of a spiritual-like experience when our perceptions are truly heightened and we can suddenly order the surrounding chaos in magical ways, to capture a beautiful single moment. Is shooting on one's own the only way to achieve this - how else can we be totally concentrated, immune from distractions?
Street Photography highlights 2019
No less an authority than Alex Webb once told me that I had a good natural instinct for photographing in portrait format. I took it as a compliment! When I look back at my street pictures over this last year I find again that some of my most successful or interesting images were upright ones. There's something about the vertical frame that I consider particularly appealing: a certain elegance, a sense of form and space which is inherent to composing a scene in such a way.
Nantes travel feature for the Guardian
Delighted to have a series of pictures published in the Guardian today for a travel feature on Nantes, my adopted home town for the last 15 years.
New Street Photography Newsletter
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Location, location, location
When we marvel at the skill of street photographers to extract from the chaotic mass of visual information that surrounds us, a spontaneous and magical moment of everyday life, it would seem that they are just blessed with good luck. The truth however is somewhat different. We head to locations that we know are going to provide us with rich photographic potential.