Urban + Lifestyle
Candid and directed lifestyle moments and urban portraits captured through social curiosity, cultural exploration and commissions.
Lovely scene from the South Downs. Lucky to have found out in advance about these two balloons launching on a fantastic summer evening.
Chinese Opera is a colourful spectacle of make-up, textures, costumes and noise. Access to the dressing rooms gave me the opportunity to shoot this intimate photograph. One of the heavily made-up female lead roles is shown reflected in a mirror as she fixes her hair.
This is a split second pose, held for a fraction of a second. I love the drama in the photograph and the angle of the line of mountains echoing the angle of the body.
A Brazilian street festival oozes energy, sound, vibrancy, colour, rhythm and exposed flesh. This hand capture was one of a number of photographs taken at a night festival street parade, purposefully panned and blurred to convey that very sense of movement and energy.
Silhouettes and sunsets, often a clichéd photographic moment. Unless of course you explore subject options and environments away from the obvious.
Autumn festival means something to anyone who has ever lived in the East. For photographers is a perfect time to head out with a camera, shoot candid portraits, immerse yourself in the rituals of foreign cultures, soak in the atmosphere and look for creative opportunities.
A Japanese couple in Kyoto pose for their wedding pics in a city park space.
Classic cars present wonderful opportunities to capture shapes, textures, colours, flowing lead-in lines and dramatic angles. Wide angled lenses are great to get that shot covering most of the interior.
Two capoeira instructors interact and pose against a dark evening sky. Again, a split second pose held for a fraction of a second.
Revival festivals are great places to hang out with a camera. Here you'll find people dressed up in vintage gear, acting out alternative lives and generally portraying themed life from yesteryear. Look for opportunities to isolate subjects from tell tale signs of the present and you'll have some perfect captures to run through mono filters.
Find the location, make the effort, even in winter, and be there before sunrise. Pack tripod, filters, cable release, patience and attitude and make the most of the day's awakening drama.
Hanging out on Southsea shore against a temporary decaying wall surrounding a would be property development, this brilliantly positioned postbox could not be ignored. The real photographic concept behind the image relies of course on the viewer connecting the flaking typography on the billboard to the collection days in the postbox. The pure coincidence was surely missed by many.
These potters tools were photographed in natural light in a potters studio. A perfect opportunity for making the most of the textures.
I was drawn to capture this moment by the heavily textured wall, the crumbling paint, the aged bicycle. and the pipework. Photography is often about capturing the obvious. We need to observe more and reinterpret every scene, especially those in the streets which we walk.
Event photography can be challenging, especially the more spontaneous stuff. It's key to avoid all the flash-frozen images that capture people in odd poses, with unflattering expressions? I've always experimented with slower speeds, second curtain flash, low power flash, and hand held movement to convey a more authentic feel.
Street photography can be captivating. But it's not about shooting portraits on the street, it's about being removed from your subjects, having no relationship between them and your camera, that's the real trick. And when you do that you need to anticipate, think and plan... and then wait for the shot.