WARNING: This post is a little step inside my head. It involves my thought process, a little rambling, some bad spelling and some questionable grammar but hopefully it will be coherent enough to allow you to see how I work. Here we go (hopefully this works!)…
I walk by this image at least twice a day, everyday, in all conditions, at various times and from a verity of different angles. In fact I think the only way I haven’t seen this scene is from above!? It took me a while to figure out what I liked about it and it is by no means finished but I thought I could use this image and the thought process behind it to let you understand how I work.
For a while I was very shoot and run in my approach to street photography, never hanging around long enough in the fear of being caught or singled out but over the last few months I decided to change all that and now I feel more organic in the way I make my photos. This is down to two things changing, 1: I changed my camera and now I have a machine I am extremely comfortable (and slightly (read definitely) in love) with, one that I can sync very easily with my hands and my imagination and 2: I slowed down! When I think about it now it’s simple really. Instead of rushing off and later debating “should I have crouched?” or “maybe Landscape would have been better?”, I now stay and get as many shoots as it takes to get it right. After those changes happened everything else just started to fall into place, the shot above is a good example of this.
As I have said I walk by this scene everyday but once my thought processes had adjusted I started to see the scene in a different light… so to speak. Now instead of seeing a lamppost, a bench and a tree I now see two parallel but opposing objects. One is of nature and absorbs light and the other is of humanity and emits light, both are planted within squares and both are almost connected by the bench but they are not…like neighbors over fences. Two separate worlds coexisting. The scene is pulled together by the one thing that everything has in common, the shadows. No one can hide nor deny their shadow, its one of the cool things about them. They are so… definite! and that is it really. Now I know why I like the image, now I have seen and explored the scene to my satisfaction all I need to do is actually photograph it and maybe add a person? Nothing extremely visible, a shape or silhouette possibly, just as a sign of life…maybe?
And that’s it! It doesn’t always take a year, in fact it rarely takes a year but you get the gist of how I work. A little time, some exploration, watching how the shadows lie and continuing to photograph until the scene is right for me. Reading that last bit back I now realize that this whole post could have been a lot shorter! Oh well, what you gonna do?
All thoughts and comments, critiques and questions are more than welcome