Walking around the Northern Quarter in Manchester early on a Sunday morning I noticed the amazing colour of Cameron’s hair and the glint in the badges on Louann’s bag. Being a badge geek myself (and wishing I could have green hair) it was worth stopping to them and having a chat. They were very happy to pose for me on Manchester fantastic graffiti backdrops and were natural at showing attitude. It was fun to meet such inspirational people on a lazy day with such interesting personalities. Cannot wait to send them this image.
Kodak Portra 400
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
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.
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.