Photographing 100,000 People!

Two weeks ago, on my way to visit my grandparents I got given a leaflet advertising the ‘Peoples March’, a demonstration against Brexit, in Central London on the 23rd June. I am always on the look out for new photography opportunities and as I was already heading up to Birmingham to catch up with some university friends this proved the perfect pitstop.

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I arrived at the meeting place half an hour before the start, there was an air of both excitement and confusion among the people gathering to make their voice heard. It was clear the amount of people far exceeded expectations at over 100,000 and many had no idea where the march actually started..

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Through sheer luck and determination (and no logic) I ended up at the front of the march along with all the tv cameras and political figures.

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It was a purely peaceful protest with samba bands, face painting and people singing. With so much going on it was hard to know where to look let alone photograph. I aimed to capture a mixture of people along with incorporating the backdrop of Central London.

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The light was extremely bright so I used a ND filter and focused on shooting with the sun behind me.  If you want to see more images from the protest check out my latest Instagram story @madisonbeachphotos.

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And if you’re looking for some travel inspiration check out Emily’s blog. Emily is one of my closest friends; both my roommate in Bangladesh and travel buddy in Eastern Europe and has just moved to Australia! A great travel writer and even better friend, head over to her new blog and give it some support! 

Snapshots of Eastern Europe

After performing so well when I was living in Bangladesh I chose to take my Olympus MJUII 35mm camera on my Eastern European Adventure. I loaded it up with Agfa 35mm colour film and took it everywhere with me..

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If you missed any of my posts from the 4 cities me and Emily visited you can check them out here:

72 hours in Budapest

36 hours in Bratislava 

48 hours in Krakow

72 hours in Prague 

Shooting Tennis on Film

Recently I was very lucky to attend the Eastbourne tennis finals. Amongst other top athletes I got to see Novak Djokovic and Caroline Wozniacki play. I love sport and have always captured the moments digitally but I wanted to push myself and aimed to photograph the day on film.

My camera of choice was my Pentax Espio, it’s a ‘point and shoot’ camera which allowed me to not worry about changing settings and enjoy the tennis. I shot on Agfa 200 film, I chose a film with an ISO of 200 as it was a bright day and I was really interested to see how a budget film (£1!) reacted to high speed action. I am impressed with the results considering that the film and camera all together cost me £3.50!

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Tourists of Buckingham Palace

On my way to meet with friends in Central London I passed Buckingham Palace. I ended up taking photos that i’m really pleased with, I am thinking about starting a series ‘Tourists of Buckingham Palace’ take a look and let me know what you think. Also suggest any other landmarks you would like to see photographed!

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Dalston 

Relatively unknown to those who live outside of the U.K the London suburb of Dalston had some great photography links. Self Publish Be Happy are based here along with the well-worth visiting Doomed gallery where I currently have work on show. Dalston is most famous for its market so after visiting Doomed gallery I shot some photographs of the Market in the strong, contrast-creating sun. As always the Market was buzzing offering lots of opportunities to capture the atmosphere and small colourful quirks.

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How to shoot like Stephen Shore

In the first of a new series of blog posts I am going to be sharing some of my favourite photographers, past and present, and looking at ways to be inspired by their style and talent.

First up is Stephen Shore. I have been a huge fan of his work since seeing in person as part of an architecture and photography exhibition at the Barbican in London.

Shore is known as one of the pioneers of colour photography with the majority of his images focusing on the American Landscape.

Many of his images have a background of a bright blue cloudless sky. Unfortunately  it’s easier said then done in England, the weather doesn’t allow for many days of clear weather.

Credit: Stephen Shore

Credit: Stephen Shore

My interpretation led me to standing on an island in the middle of the road waiting  for the traffic to stop. I chose this shot as the red of the petrol station and the van worked well together. 

Many of his street photography features the corners of streets and cross roads. Again replicating these shots took at lot of patience waiting for the sun to come out..

Credit: Stephen Shore

Credit: Stephen Shore

Lacking the strong contrasts created by the sun I focused on capturing interesting shapes around train stations

Dotted throughout his photographic series are images of people. There are often lots of people in the frame with no singular focus.

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One of Shore’s most famous images is of a house framed by a blue sky (obviously) and mountains with a road cutting through the foreground. What I love about this image is the car peaking out behind the house, it hints at both human life and isolation.

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Stephen Shore shot thousands of his well-known images during the 70’s and 80’s. A big giveaway about the era images are shot in is the cars. Shore uses cars a lot in the frame, often in the foreground or as the central focus.

Credit: Stephen Shore

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, I am no means as good as photographer as Shore but looking at photographers work you admire and trying to capture the world how they did/do is a great exercise to keep creative and inspired.  Find me on Instagram @madisonbeachphotos or over on my newly updated website.

Shooting from the Hip

Many well-known street photographers have embraced the technique of shooting from the hip. Where you quite literally photograph everything from hip height without looking through the view finder. I got my hands on a Sony A7RII so thought I’d use this as a challenge to test the cameras controls, functions and focus. I chose a 35mm f/2.8 lens as this is my personal preference when it comes to street photography.

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I’m happy with the varied results and had a lot of fun achieving them. This technique makes you think on your feet by having to consider composition and focal length on the move without looking through the viewfinder. If you want to get to grips with a new camera or want to make the switch from auto to manual this is a great way to do it. Modifying the aperture, ISO and shutter speed have an obvious impact on what you capture.

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