Bangladesh Travel Diary: Visa Trouble!!

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. 

Before I Leave London..

Before I Leave London I am going to spend all my time photographing the people and sights which make up this crazy city. As this time next week I will be packing up my room here in Shoreditch in preparation for moving to Bangladesh. I can’t wait for my adventures in Bangladesh but until then I want to make the most of living in one of the most famous capital cities in the world.

I took all these photos in the last week in the abnormally sunny city..

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It’s fair to say wi-fi will be a bit ‘hit and miss’ in Banglasdesh but I will be aiming to post a weekly diary every week along with a few photographs I have snapped. As always you can follow me on instagram @madisonbeachphotos where I will post photos from my adventures. 

 

Walking the Thames

The Thames is one of the most famous rivers in the world at cuts through the centre of London. On a recent day off I decided to walk from St.Paul’s Cathedral, north of the river, along and over to the Tate modern and the London eye taking snaps along the way.

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Instagram @madisonbeachphotos

Capturing Camden

One of my favourite places to photograph in London is Camden market. Growing up on the southern coast of England me and my school friends often jumped on a train up to London and tried to bag a deal at Camden market. The area has changed a lot in the last few years and has become more of a tourist attraction, but it’s still a great place for capturing some street photography.

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As always you can find me on Instagram @madisonbeachphotos and over on my website.

 

 

How to use the background in Street Photography

I have recently been posting a lot of street photography to this blog and social media. It used to be a personal passion but since posting it to my blog I have received some great feedback and lots of brilliant questions.  Many of the questions centre around how to improve when it comes to street photography. Unfortunately the phrase ‘street photography is 99% failure’ is correct. Some days I have spent hours trying to find that perfect shot, other days it had taken minutes. But there are some tips and tricks that can really help focus your eye when it comes to shooting street photography.

On this post I am going to talk about how the background effect your photographs using examples I shot yesterday. The photos aren’t going to make it into a photo book anytime soon but they do demonstrate how important the background is. You don’t want it detracting attention from the main subject you need it to enhance the image.

 

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Advertising is always a good starting point. Here I waited for a women to walk into the frame; creating a symmetry between the two faces with similar expressions.

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Here again advertising provided the backdrop for the image. The contrast is created by the two portraits, both women look similar but one is a model and the other a Londoner on her lunch break.

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The light really makes this image. I was shooting in bright midday sun before work so getting the dark back ground and bright light on his face makes it look like he’s coming out of the shadows.

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An unflattering image of this tourist but it shows how central composition and matching colours really draws your eye in. By capturing this women in a blue top surrounded by blue scaffolding it keeps the image together and succinct.

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By using this window it is both the foreground and background. The colours captured in the shop and reflections all come together to create a bright, busy atmosphere which sums up the feeling of Oxford Street.

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Oxford Street is a constant movement of people so seeing someone stood still is a rarity. To photograph this man I took a step back so passers-by entered the frame to give some context and sense of location. To emphasise his stillness even more I could’ve used a slower shutter speed.

If you’ve never tried street photography before I would highly recommend giving it a go. It’s a great way to stay motivated and get the creative juices flowing.

You can also find me over on instagram @madisonbeachphotos  where I will be posting lots of images from newly developed 35mm films.

 

 

How to shoot film for £3.50

The first of a new series, photographing different cities with my point and shoot 35mm camera. The Pentax camera cost me an incredible £2.50 ($3.27) at a charity shop and the film (agfa 200) was purchased at the pound shop for of course, a pound ($1.31). Im really pleased with the results and how the camera adapted to street photography. Some of the images would’ve been better with a higher speed film such as ISO 400 but I like the effect of the blur.

London

You can also find me over on instagram @madisonbeachphotos  where I will be posting lots of images from newly developed 35mm films.

Shooting Street Photography in London

London is one of my favourite cities in the world for street photography. It’s buzzing with people everyday-night and day.  Here are some street snaps from the past week in the best people watching (capturing) locations. These photographs include tourists, DIY instruments and of course, hiding from the British rain.

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Outside Tate Modern

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Regent Street

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Soho

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Outside the Photographers Gallery

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Outside the Photographers Gallery

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Oxford Street

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My favourite shot of the day, Oxford Street.

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Tottenham Court Road

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Tottenham Court Road

 

Ones to watch:Part II

This afternoon I visited another strong week of photography at Free Range in Shoreditch, East London. The work on show from the Graduates featured strong portraits, experimental installations and some brilliant DIY photo books. Here are my favourites from week 2..

Neo Gilder// neogilderphotography.squarespace.com

Daniel Bennet// danielbennet.uk


Daisy Ashfield// daisyashfield.com

Suewilliamsonphotgraphy.con

Chase Joy//chasejoy.co.uk

Adam Baker//adamjamesbaker.com


The Bragdon Brothers//bragdonbrothers.com


Free Range is a great opportunity for U.K. photography and design graduates. It’s on every year and one to visit. 

Ones To Watch:Part I 

Free Range is a brilliant free event showcasing photography graduates from around the UK. Here I have managed to narrow down all the great work to a few of my favourites. Please check out their websites/show them some love;

Benjamin Rowland/ Benjaminrowland.co.uk

Connie Campbell/Connie Campbell.format.com

Tobias May/tobiasmay.co.uk

Omar Khaleel/omarkhaleel.co.uk

Jessica Ashley Stokes/jessicaashleystokes.com

Sophie Collins/Sophiejcollins.com

Silvija Prokopaite/ silvijaprokopaite.com

Klaudia Morgalla/klaudia-Morgalla.format.com

Paulina Nartowicz/Paulinanartowicz.com


Free Range is on (At the old Truman brewery, Shoreditch) until mid-July with new graduate work on show every week so give it a visit if you’re near-by! 

IG:@madisonbeachphotos