Urban Culture

CAMDEN TOWN NORTH LONDON. URBAN CULTURE ON OPEN DISPLAY. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CAPTURE THESE POTENTIALLY GREAT IMAGES.

However, groups are often reticent to allow themselves to be photographed. They often prefer just to get noticed. Winning them over requires a degree of engagement and for the individuals involved to feel that the effort is worthwhile required in allowing a stranger into their mists.

The group in this image were initially hostile to the idea of being photographed. However, by catching the attention of one of the individuals in the group who was themselves a photographer, eventually enabled a working rapport to become established. The challenge, in this case, was the busy environment and crowds on Camden Bridge. This was making any form of subject isolation virtually impossible.

The solution, in this case, was the choice of viewpoint. By lying on the pavement, a dramatic perspective was achieved that pulled the group away from their cluttered environment instead, set them against the sky. Rather than asking each of them to pose, which in this case was inappropriate and would have appeared inauthentic I just stayed put on the ground. Over a period of 5-10 minutes, I shot over a hundred images. The result feels authentic and was shared with the group who felt that their allowing a stranger to photograph them was probably worthwhile.

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