I get quite frustrated with street photography. To get good shots you want people to be totally unaware you’re photographing them. Being inconspicuous is not very easy when you have a large SLR and a bulky 24-70mm lens. Cartier-Bresson insisted on using a Leica rangefinder because of it’s relatively small size, high quality and near silent shutter. He used to hide it under his jacket and whip it out to take the photo without anyone seeing.
So I started shooting with the camera swinging in my hand by my hip. The obvious disadvantage is that you can’t see through the view finder to compose the shot. However they reveal people wrapped up in their own little world, engrossed in conversation or their window shopping. For me this, along with the unusually low viewpoint makes up for the slight inaccuracies in focus or composition, even enhance it. Anyway I’m going to keep on photographing people in this way, certainly in the lead up to Christmas, see if the enjoyment/urgency of Christmas shopping shows through.
Monmouth is in Gwent, on the border of Wales and England. The day photos were taken within 20 minutes of each other and the two last were the following night when I went to see my Dad perform with a choir in Handel’s Messiah at St. Mary’s church in Monmouth. There’s certainly a voyeuristic element to this stlye of photography..
Let me know what you think, what you do/don’t like about this style.