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..
With my visa due over a week ago I was informed the night before I was heading here to Bangladesh that it hadn’t been processed. I then found myself in limbo as I was told I wouldn’t know till 3pm the next day (only two hours before I was due at the airport!) if it had gone through. 3pm came and went and I heard nothing. Just as I started fearing the worst I got a phone call at 3.30pm to say it had all gone through! So off to the airport I went.
I am heading out to Bangladesh and living with a group of 8 other people. But for some reason the airline decided to seat them altogether at the back of the plane and me at the front. Although I didn’t mind too much as my plan was to sleep for the 13 hours. But things don’t always go to plan.. I was sat between a big guy using the limited leg space to engage in some ‘man spreading’ and a women with a baby. After spending the first half an hour poking me the baby fell asleep, firstly with his head on my arm rest and then his head slowly slid onto my arm. I then spent the next two hours with my arm trapped under a baby’s head getting pins and needles as the mother got what I hope (sure) was some much needed rest.
Us chilling waiting for our connection..
As we got off the plane many were desperate for the toilet so we all headed for the nearest airport bathroom. This was when I encountered my first ever squat toilet. I had seen them before when I was travelling in Japan but there was always a western toilet available. But not here. Despite nearly losing my balance in the most undignified manner I managed to tense the thighs and use the squat toilet successfully for the first time. High in this achievement we headed to our bus to take us to our base for the next few days. It was a brilliant old fashioned camper van like bus which we all compared to an English program ‘Coach Trip’ (if you’ve never seen it before find it online!).
Brendan; the mighty presenter of Coach Trip
After an hours journey we were greeted by our hosts on the doorsteps of our new home for the next 5 days. They greeted us with warm smiles and curry for dinner (it was so spicy it made my eyes water for 10 minutes after eating it). After brief introductions we headed for some much needed sleep having been up for over 24 hours.
Views from the Bus
I’m really looking forward to the next few days as we learn more about Bangladesh’s culture and how to enjoy the beautiful country while being safe.
Bangladesh Travel Diary: Taking Off
As you read this (delay permitting) I should be in the air flying to Bangladesh! I will be living in there for 3 months and using this blog to document my adventures and the people I meet. I will be staying in the capital Dhaka for a week before heading north where I will be living in a village. Both electricity and wi-fi will not be consistent but I will be updating the blog when I can and shooting film when I can’t. I have packed over 20 35mm films- I hope this will be enough!
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