Hello again, and welcome to this weeks blog. This week I wanted to share a bit more about myself, to give you an idea of what influences my photography, how I got hooked on street photography in the first place and of course, share some images. The photos I will be sharing are from the day I attended a 1-2-1 workshop, with a photographer whom I have great respect for, continuously admire his work and can happily call a friend; Street Photography International Collective member and Panasonic Europe ambassador, Gagan Sadana.
The mention of Gagan leads me greatly onto the influences of my own photography...
The early years of my life were spent growing up in a council flat, in Fulham, SW6. Of course my parents, grand parents, other family members and friends influenced my behaviour, values and humour. But it was at an early age I was also aware of the characters on our estate. From Bruce to Betty to the one-armed war veteran that sang for money. I have always been drawn to these interesting types of characters on the street, and aim to capture their character in an image. Rolling on the years to the present day, I have had a varied life, full of ups and downs, which have also had an impact on my photography; people interacting with each other, sharing tender moments or laughs, or a person sitting alone, looking into empty space, reflecting on what is important to them. These are all things that I can relate to; again I try to capture these moments with the intention of giving the person viewing my images an opportunity to connect and share that emotion or moment with my subject.
We then come to the photographers whose work has inspired me to generate my own style of photography in capturing these moments, and improve my image taking capabilities in general. Of course I marvel at the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Renè Burri, and Richard Avedon, but having the opportunity to engage with top photographers is an even bigger influence in developing my own skills. This is why I attended a 1-2-1 workshop with Gagan two weeks ago and plan to attend others in the future.
The workshop began with coffee and Gagan talking through a number of his fantastic images, how he got them and why he took them. He then explained what route we were going to take, and we then set off. Within 50 yards of our start point Gagan stopped in his tracks and pointed out a beautiful light streaming across the floor of Kings Cross station. He then gave me pointers on where I should be standing to capture the long shadows cast by this light, and what type of things have a bigger impact. This is one from that spot.
This was course for the day. Every so often we would reach a point of interest, whether that was light, leading lines, juxtapositions, reflections or people, Gagan would give clear and concise information on how best to use these elements and how best to capture them. Here is an image that uses reflections as additional texture to the subject.
Titled ‘Office Face’
It was also a joy to see Gagan in his flow of capturing images too. It’s almost stealth like (which of course helps in street photography). He moves slowly and purposely around his subject, making sure he gets the best angle possible, then with a press of the shutter he’s got his image. Seeing how it is done is hugely rewarding, and makes it easier for me to develop my own skills in this art.
Two of Gagan’s most recent published images were from that day, and I will provide a link further down this page for you to view them, and the rest of his amazing work.
Our route included locations that I had never been to before, from Kings Cross, to Marylebone Station, to Grand Canal. The day was absolutely brilliant from start to finish. Gagan’s knowledge and advice has helped me immensely, along with the new locations I have since used in my own time, like this one by Grand Canal, Paddington.
I would totally recommend anyone getting into photography, or wanting to take their photography to the next level, to book themselves an on-location workshop or online workshop from a top photographer like Gagan. Listening to any advice they have can only be beneficial to your progression. Do your research on the photographer providing the workshops first and see if they provide the training you’re looking to receive. If you're happy with it, go for it, you'll also have the opportunity to meet other photographers like yourself.
To view Gagan’s amazing portfolio, news of exhibitions or workshops visit blackandwhitestreetphotography.com
That's it for this week, I hope you enjoyed it. If you would like any recommendations of workshops either online or on-location, you can get in touch with me through the contact section above.
In next weeks blog, I will share some shots I got testing the Olympus M. Zuiko 25mm 1.8 lens, on a workshop with Olympus Ambassador and top wedding and portrait photographer Robert Pugh, in London.
I hope you have a great weekend capturing your own moments,