Chilling out in the warm bank holiday evening sun. Luisa clocked my camera. We chatted for a moment about the Yashica and photography in general before I plucked up the courage to ask for a portrait.
Luisa was great fun to photo. She has a wonderful flirtatious personality and a glowing smile that made working with her very easy. Definitely fast witted and funny by far. It was a delight to spend time chatting to her whilst she sold ice creams to the happy crowd.
The Lost Carnival
Ilford HP5 120mm F8 1/125
Yashica Electro 35GSN.
Ilford XP2 400asa.
As long as you give respect you get to drink with East London’s Finest.
Taken with a Yashica 635
Ilford XP2 400
Scanned from negative using Epson V550
5pm Friday in the business district of London is always busy. Thousands of people rushing away from the big smoke and heading towards the weekend so they can forget their rat life ways.
It’s a stressful time trying to get the tube and fighting your way through frustrated behaviours.
And through all this congestion a simple moment of calm she sits in full view whilst staying hidden.
Maybe she had time to kill.
Maybe she had nowhere to go.
Maybe waiting for the next bus, just to get a seat.
No-one cared to ask.
Or maybe, 2 Down, 8 Across was just too much of a challenge to give up now.
Yashica 635. Kodak Portra 400 ASA. 125/sec F8.
I love the age old tradition of street performers. There is something magical about a person making a living entering you whilst you shop.
I went to Chester to pick up a few items. (If you are unfamiliar with the city. It dates back to Roman times and still has the outer walls standing. It was developed in the Tudor times and the city has been almost untouched since. It is a fantastic historical wonderland and well worth a visit).
I have recently been shooting street only on film with my Yashica 635 TLR. It’s an amazing camera that seems to attract a lot of attention. It’s been fun working out how to shoot quickly and silently.
Getting back to the image. As I walked through the busy streets there was the sound of 1920’s Jazz floating through the crowds that drew me in. A women in her 20’s, dressed in period fashion was delighting the passers by with her Charleston.
She captured the moment brilliantly and keep me in gaze for two or three songs.
I took the opportunity to kneel down and wait for her to pass my viewfinder before passing her hand with silver coin and exchanging our love for all thing vintage.
Her performance made my day and I know (because she told me) being photographed by my camera made hers.
Turn any street in old England and town and you will find interesting people eager to entertain.
You all know I love photography but I have an even greater love for old Film Noir movies. The grit and grim of a classic like The Big Combo makes for a great night in.
I have been away from my camera for a while (that is a lie, I have been concentrating on photography on the street) and have missed getting into a project.
For some time now the idea of creating another Low Key image has been mulling around my mind.
I wanted to create an image of dread and despair. A moment of uncontrolled emotion and a dislike. I hope I have achieved that.
The set up was easy. Strobe with a grid 45 degrees left of the camera. Speed light with a snoot (amazing what you can make with a piece of packing paper) behind me and to my left. A cookie (blind) made from a box from work (We had so many left over I thought no one would mind).
A cheap white shirt and tie that has been destroyed with food colouring. (Not a splash on the bed, very proud of myself).
And lastly…… my 1970’s phone. Which still works perfectly.
There has been some dodging and burning around eyes and skin. I really enjoyed myself and fancy doing some more. Though not tonight. My face is a pink colour due to the food colouring.
Let me know what you think. I appreciate all comments and opinions.