Day 18 - 18th January 2011
Well the sun was out at last today (hurrah), so I finally felt it safe to venture from the confines of the great indoors.
One of my resolutions this year is to try more street photography. It’s funny that when I had my bridge camera a few years ago I would go down to the local shopping street and use it all the time.
I don’t know what’s happened since then exactly but I’ve been doing that less and less, and I feel that the less you do it, the more out of touch, and more importantly, more self-conscious you feel.
So this year, I’ve decided enough is enough. Employing some of my old tactics (pretend to be taking pictures of something else before and after the shot you want works particularly well, if they ‘catch’ you, just smile and carry on also works well too) I’m keen to get out there more and see things in a different way.
In that time since my bridge camera I’ve also had the opportunity to look at and study tonnes, and tonnes, more street photographs so I think it’s become a little easier for me to spot something interesting that’s going on.
Now I’m not going to pretend this is up there with some of the fantastic images I’ve seen over the past couple of years, because it isn’t, but I do like it. I came across this scene and found it amusing, the old couple seemed to be very disappointed that Ben and Jerry’s had closed down (perhaps it is just being refurbished, I didn’t have time to investigate…). If it closed down, this is surely a very personal effect of the recession for this old pair!
I’m not entirely happy with the composition, but as with lots of street photography, you don’t have time to worry about that, you just have to shoot. I also wanted to convert to black and white, but found that when I did the woman’s hair faded into the background and she got lost a little.
So here’s the final picture - here’s to many, many more in 2011.