A handy coincidence

P1000053P1000066I was in London on Saturday and taking my camera for a walk. That’s what I usually do when attempting street photography – take my camera for a long walk and come back with a handful of photos. Well, a handful would actually be a good haul – more often than not the camera stays in the bag, or at best around my neck.

Street photography, I may have to finally concede, is not my thing. I’d love to be good at it, I’d love to be one of those photographers who has the confidence to even do it, but I just find it hard to get past the self conscious stage. It’s a vicious circle, I know. The more you look self conscious about taking pictures, the more likely you are to be noticed. The confident street photographers snap away as if it was the most natural thing in the world and are probably never noticed. Read More…

Portraits

92I don’t shoot many straight portraits, but even the term itself is open to many different interpretations as a visit to the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery will confirm.

Entries this year range from simple closeups – Keira Knightley and Peter Crouch make up the celebrity quota – to environmental portraits. The latter – images showing the subject in their normal working or living environment – can make for more interesting photographs. Without that context, a portrait has to have something special to interest viewers who don’t know the subject portrayed. An environmental portrait, on the other hand, often has something interesting to say regardless of whether you know the person in the picture. Read More…