Street Photography on the Streets of London

This time a few days ago I found myself with a couple of hours to spare before my train home from London. So I grabbed my camera out my bag and headed out to the blustery streets of the capital.

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I took loads of photos at this location along Oxford St. waiting for the right person to walk past.. thankfully this women and her stripy top didn’t take too long to arrive

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To get these silhouettes I stood in the shade and adjusted the aperture

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It’s not always safe to cross the road even when its a green light! These horses had just come from a presentation at Buckingham Palace

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Bus stops always provide an opportunity to use the reflection or get up close and personal

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Rush hour can be overwhelming if you’re trying to get anywhere in London but provides lots of photography opportunities. I captured these businessmen outside Covent Garden Tube waiting for friends.

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The wind did provide some comical moments including this groups’ teachers tripping over

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Tired tourists can be spotted everywhere- London is bigger than you think

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I sat down for a few minutes to rest my feet at Leicester Square. This father and son were tasked with finding the families next destination.

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Theres always time to catch up on the news-even if it is at Piccadilly Circus

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When I’m shooting street photography I try to mix up the angles including shooting at shoulder height to get close up portraits

 

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Morgan (left), Me and Emily

Portraits at the Barbican

I have now been studying for my Masters in Photography for over a month- and I can’t believe how quick its gone! So I thought I’d share with you some of the work I have produced so far, starting with the very task: portraits.

I chose the Barbican as the backdrop as its one of my favourite places in the whole of London. It was an incredibly overcast day so the lack of light made it challenging.

I had to select 5 and these were my picks..

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Paddling Out to Sea

Over the weekend the biggest annual free beach festival returned to my hometown of Brighton, UK.  ‘Paddle Round the Pier’ features numerous events including DIY boats and paddle boarding out to sea and around the pier. Everybody gets dressed up, smothers themselves in sun cream and gets paddling..

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There is also a fair which comes with food stalls, rides and music stages. It takes place over the whole weekend, although most of us were indoors watching England at the World Cup on Saturday…

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Lines of a City Part III

I first shot ‘lines of city’ in Canterbury and then again in a Sussex village. Looking for patterns and repetition is a great way to take in your surroundings and as I am back in  Brighton for a few months before I start my MA in London I thought it’d be a great way to look at my hometown from a new perspective.

If you’re in a creative rut or struggling to find something to photograph try this out, it’s a great excuse to get out with your camera and enjoy exploring.

Other images in this series:

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Shooting Expired Kodak Film

Last year I won the Ginnel Foto Fest Analogue awards. Part of my prize was being sent a box full of film. Some I’ve used before such as portra and Agfa, but there was also a roll of Kodak Tri X medium format film estimated to be 50 years old.

I have always wanted to shoot it so last weekend when me and my cousin went to Peacehaven. A small suburban town on the English coast where my cousin, Harry, grew up.

I got some surprisingly good results..

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If you ever get your hands on some expired film be sure to double check if your local lab develops it. After walking 40 minutes to mine it turns out they don’t develop expired films. If you’re based in the UK I would strongly recommend AG Photolab who are super friendly and based in Birmingham. I sent the film off on Wednesday and got it back today!

Visiting Camden Market

As a street photographer I have a few favourite spots around London; busy places with interesting characters (and good food is always a plus!). Camden market ticks all these boxes so with an hour before I needed to be at a meeting in central London I hopped on a tube for 10 minutes and explored Camden.

 

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Despite being a week day, Camden was packed with tourists, businessman and market traders.

There is almost too much choice when it comes to food. There are hot food stalls including pizza, Indian and Chinese, but there are also more street food-type options such as burritos and burgers.

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Of course you can avoid the British art of queuing and save yourself some money by bringing a packed lunch.

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I would definitely recommend a packed lunch if your staying in London for a few days and on a budget. As delicious as most of the food is- it’s not cheap. Camden also has a river running through the market, it acts as a great picnic spot.

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If you want to check out Camden I would also recommend heading north and walking to Primrose hill, after a sweaty walk up the steep hill you can see my favourite view across the London skyline..

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Shooting medium format with the Diana F+

At the weekend I visited the beautiful East Sussex town of Lewes. I shot medium format images using the Diana F+. The camera is just a bit of fun to use, I wouldn’t recommend it for project work, but its a good way to experiment with film photography. It has a shutter speed of 1/60th of a second which you can’t change, so next time I’ll definitely be using a tri-pod for every shot! Still I had a great day and like the dreamy effect on the images..

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Street Photography: When the Subject Spots You…

There are many different approaches you can take when it comes to street photography. From the shoving-a-flash in your face and not giving a damn technique (Bruce Gilden) to going completely unoticed like Vivian Maier. Today I went out to shoot street photography on the streets of Brighton for 3 hours, but rather than showing you my favourite shots I thought i’d share some of my outtakes.  And these are outtakes because the subjects in the frame are looking either at me or the lens. Some photographers aim for these sort of images but not me.

Before you see the images I thought I’d share with you some advice if someone notices you doing street photography or has a problem with it. 99% of the time the person will keep walking and not give another thought to you or your camera. But on the odd occasion that someone takes issue with you taking their picture here are a few tips:

1.Stay calm and be polite.

2. Delete the image and show them (no image is worth a public argument)

3.Know your rights (in the UK you have the right to photograph in public areas)

4.Don’t let it affect your confidence and keep shooting..

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Street Photography in an English Winter

 

Lighting is key in photography; it can bring a subject to life, shift the viewers focus and/or help tell a story. Being a street photographer in England in the winter provides many challenges including being so cold you can’t feel your fingers to press the shutter speed. But my main issue is the light, some days the sun stays behind the clouds all day and even when it does appear its gone by 4pm. Photographing in the winter can become very temperamental which is why I have recently turned my focus to film making.

But yesterday a miracle happened.. I woke up to sunshine with no clouds in sight! So I grabbed my camera and went on a 3 hour walk attempting to harness the light and shoot some candid street photography.

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If your not already hit follow on Instagram @madisonbeachphotos I will be posting more photos from my time in Bangladesh along with a very exciting photography-related announcement.

Back in the UK & Photographing Brighton Pier

When I was first told about reverse culture shock I naively thought I would be immune because I ‘ve traveled so much before.   But here I am back in the UK missing using a squat toilet and eating rice 3 times a day. Maybe it’s because for the first time I was based in the same place for an extensive amount of time and became completely immersed in the culture and felt fully at home.

Too try and break out of my culture shock I headed to my hometown of Brighton with my Olympus MJU and a roll of Agfa 35mm film. As a camera it can  be temperamental as it has no manual features whatsoever but for a day of wandering and photographing it was perfect.

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