London Street Calling


London Street Photography

Continuing this summer’s street photography theme, I was privileged enough recently to get a couple of hours alone on a Saturday evening with my camera(s) enjoying some London street photography. With the dust barely settled in central London following the murders in Borough Market and now the horrendous fire in West London where so many people so tragically lost their lives, here is my little attempt using my street photography to lift spirits by picking out small excerpts of how great and cosmopolitan the city can be. I hope you enjoy the selection of images from the evening.

My approach to the evening in London street shooting was to capture people going about their business without even noticing I was there. This stealth-like style has been key to the genre since its origins, the aim being to capture the decisive moment. The camera is the perfect tool to capture that moment. Staged images, including street portraits, are not normally the aim, although like any genre there is artistic licence to stamp your own style and creativity on your work. Basically, there are no rules, just opportunities. If you have never tried it I strongly urge you to break free from your comfort zone and give it a go… it can be very rewarding.


The Fuji X system cameras are perfect for London street photography, especially the compact size of the X70. The tilting screen is invaluable to shoot from the hip. My two cameras for the evening were the superb Fujifilm X70 (fixed 18.5mm lens) & Fujifilm X-T2 with 23mm prime & 18-55mm lenses.


Iconic bus on a London bridge 

Fuji X70, 18.5mm

London Street

As a fellow VDubber, one of my favourite images from the evening.  I was chuffed to spot this old girl chugging over Blackfriars Bridge.

 


 

Hail that cab!

Fuji X70, 18.5mm

London Street

The power of deception – a split second moment as these lads were walking by. They paused momentarily to look at the statue which depicts a business man hailing a cab, although it looks like they were engaged in conversation with it for ages! Believe me it is a statue.

London Street Photography

 

Underneath the arches

Fuji x70, 18.5mm

London Street

Why waste space? Tucked in under the bridge, it’s the UK’s first Pod shop! At first the shopkeeper was so static I thought he may have been asleep; either way it made an interesting composition.

London Street Photography


Angel wings

Fuji X70, 18.5mm

London Street

The sisters are finding something funny. The blond lady of course caught my eye as her look was elsewhere (in deep thought) and a perfect opportunity to capture her centrally to the tunnel lights – it wasn’t until afterwards reviewing the image that I noticed the two sisters clearly enjoying a good laugh.

London Street Photography


 

Pride of London

Fuji X70, 18.5mm

London Street

I find this a very powerful image in more ways than one. Initially struck by his vibrant shirt I had to question myself  whether to publish the image. It wasn’t until I did some research on  the logo on his shirt and realised he was wearing this with pride and for a very good reason, to raise awareness. I am very proud to display this photograph!

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Steeling the moment

Fuji X70, 18.5mm

London Street

A solitary steel drummer entertains on the Millenium Bridge. He was nervously looking left and right and I wondered if he was perhaps not meant to be there. It was a strong performance nonetheless that gave me a great opportunity to steal the moment. I liked the continuity of colour between his shirt and the sky. 

London Street Photography


 

The golden moment

Fuji X70, 18.5mm

London Street

It looks like I passed by whilst the young girl was enjoying a quiet drink beneath the bridge. The truth is I was the one enjoying the light and the moment before she arrived and placed herself perfectly into my composition.

London Street Photography

 


 

Tabletop rivalry

Fuji X70, 18.5mm

London Street

I found this quite entertaining and knew I had to record these two lads enjoying their table tennis game. They were still there playing nearly two hours later when I passed by again.

London Street Photography


Shady characters

Fuji X70, 18.5mm

London Street

It just had to be done! The low sun was creating such long shadows, all I needed to do was find the right spot and get down low.

London Street Photography

 

Aching feet

Fuji X70, 18.5mm

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They say every picture tells a story, well this one was caught on a back street near St Paul’s Cathedral. Two hard-working hotel chefs take time out. I like the way the one sitting has removed his shoes. My empathy for his aching feet was a common factor between us.

London Street Photography

 

London cab

Fuji X-T2, 23mm

London Street

No London shoot would be complete without a black cab. Finding the archway was the first step; the decisive moment was the next!

London Street Photography


 

Shadow walking

Fuji X70, 18.5mm

London Street

What an impact good light can have to a composition.  

London Street Photography


Dynamic architecture

Fuji X-T2, 23mm

London Street

Tucked away in the backstreets of St Paul’s, this gated and locked vestibule caught my eye (I do love geometric shapes with interesting lighting). The camera lens was poked between the padlocked and chained barred gates.

London Street Photography


Big Ben

Fuji X-T2, 18-55mm

London Street

Big Ben had to feature at some point. 

London Street Photography

 

A local landscape

Fuji X70, 18.5mm

London Street

The last image of the evening just had to be a landscape. Great utilisation of a low level wall and a water bottle top to position the camera steadily. (30 seconds exposure at 10.30pm)

London Street Photography


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