I’m no street photographer. I find it uncomfortable pointing a big camera at people in public and I’m not sure I’ll ever get over that. But that doesn’t mean I can’t take half decent street photos, and this is one I thought I’d share.
I took this shot over the weekend. I was actually photographing a street parade – a loud, hustle and bustling festival atmosphere with people lining the streets and jostling for a better view. I always try to tell myself “take the shot nobody else takes” which usually sees me crouching down low or standing high in a position you really ought not to be while holding £1000+ worth of gear. And don’t get me wrong – I did plenty of that – but for this photo all that was required was for me to turn around.
I admit, most of the contrast in this image is in my own head. The party going on behind me and the emptiness of the side street is not something you could ever infer from the photograph. However, I still think it stands on its own as an image. I’m a sucker for lines and textures, light and shadows and this has a bit of everything. I’ve also broken one of the major compositional rules by not placing the subject at any of the “intersecting points”.
Out of all the days photographs, this is the only image that had just a single person in it. And I think it’s the pick of the bunch.
Quite how I managed to come back from a parade with an image of solitude however, I’m still not sure.