Chances are you’re surround by them… Bastards, taking all the parking spots, clogging up the shops at Christmas, and preventing you getting a seat at the coffee house.
But people can offer unique photo opportunities… People in their natural environments, people interacting with or indeed ignoring, each other.
Shooting people also presents certain moral and occasionally legal challenges… I’ll save that for another day… In short, if it feels wrong, it probably is… and besides would you want some stranger snapping away at your child or the bum on your 19 year old sister? No, thought not.
All taken with the X-Pro1 and XF35. Clicking on each picture will take you to a larger view on Flickr complete with EXIF info.
Of course you don’t have to be all up close and personal to capture a sense of life. A decent vantage point, a little patience and a scene can simply unfold before your lens!
Slightly closer this time… Again we’ve added some context with the huge manmade bridge against the tiny figure.
Up a Level
Here there’s no people at all! But by using shadow we’re showing a scene and making a visual play on the fact the shadow is at an angle (it’s actually level, in fact – I’m actually standing on the bridge that is featured in the preceding image)
Old Town Strollers
Closer again! (and this really is that steep!) If you leave the house and go to any urban environment of any area with any semblance of population, then you will pass by dozens (perhaps hundreds) of fellow humans. We simply pass each other by, barely acknowledging each other’s existence.
Quite close this time (although crop is your friend!) I’m quite drawn to scenes where strangers are ‘forced’ (sic) into confined areas together… There’s invariably some interplay of body language… a sense of owning one’s personal space, but not wishing to get to close to someone else’s
Eyes Only for You
OK really close now!! These two truly only had eyes for each other… I’ll be honest here… there’s a bench full of girls in the background, and two more girls have just walked by, and I was rather hoping to catch the young man having a teeny bit of a roving eye, despite his lady companion… But he truly only had eyes for his girlfriend. Good for him!