A street photography competition caught my eye. I shoot constantly when out and about and have a huge number to choose from. A category is “world” and having spent six months in Taipei I can make a selection from there. However, my world is now Camden and I can choose a set I’ve shot since coming back. Lastly though, I have another set I shot on film in Brick Lane, on Ilford ISO400, badly scanned by Snappy Snaps which I also think has merit. I upload all three here for your perusal. Which on would you enter into that competition?
This is the Brick Lane film set shoot on the Nikon F65 and trusty 50mm f/1.8. Although the area has been gentrified and expanded up towards Hoxton, I think it hasn’t been to the detriment of the vibe. On a weekend it’s packed with tourists and hipsters eating street food and browsing the fashions, secondhand stuff and stolen bikes for sale.
This is my spiritual home, Camden. My mum was born here and all four of my grandparent pitched up here at one point in the 20’s and 30’s. I find “Camden people” to be my kind of people: less hipster and more metal and from all over the world. Walking round the lock and the market which is only yards from my apartment is wonderful. All these people wide-eyed at the shiny things on display and the bored, diffident stallholders.
Taking a quiet six months in Taipei and teaching my “technical aspects of photography” class again gave me ample opportunity to shoot an alien landscape. Our apartment was very close to Shi-Da night market which gave ample opportunity for night street shooting. I also experimented with what you might call “limitation photography”: going out with the camera largely preset, with on-camera black and white, and with a prime lens. Some of these picture are from those shoots. I feel that my eye and shooting somehow “stepped up” at this time. Acquiring the Canon S90 also helped a lot. I’m a huge fan of the on-camera modes and the portability of the thing.