- Jamie Dean
Out in the Street-Shoreditch, London.
Updated: May 25, 2022
I know, I know it has been an age since I have last updated this blog. Or indeed update my website at all. You may have seen that, in fact, a lot of it's content is currently missing. This is because I'm in the process refurbishing and updating the website but all the images should be available to view again soon. I have to confess that my attitude towards photography and the limitations in my personal photography have changed over the last year and a half. Although I'm still a very keen landscape photography I don't really get the opportunities as I used to in the past to get out in the countryside with my camera. Because of this I recently invested in the excellent Fuji X100V camera and as the city of London is now more accessible to me I'm trying my hand at street photography. I'm still quite new to it and I have to say I find it really difficult to point my camera at strangers, which is why you'll see that most of my images are from behind the subject. It is frustrating, as I do feel that I see a good image in the street but I just need to boost my confidence in raising the camera to my eye and pressing the shutter. Even with this minor handicap I am really enjoying exploring a new genre of photography and hopefully you will be able to see my efforts improve over the coming months. Of course I will still get out into the wilderness at every opportunity so I haven't given up with that side of my photography but these trips will be punctuated with adventure in the streets of London attempting to improve my street photography techniques. With all that being said, where did I venture out to today. Today I went out with the Fuji X100V and walked around a very sunny and very warm Shoreditch. Shoreditch is a location known for both it's colourful street art and it's colourful characters. I have photographed street art from all over the globe and amassed quite a large library of images., but now I wanted to include a human element in my images. So the first image is of a girl walking passed some street art, she is so engrossed with her phone that she didn't notice me capture the image. The image is represented in black and white, it's street photography so of course it has to be in black and white. Right?
The second image is of street art again but I have included another human element. This time a guy walking towards me pulling his wheelie case. He looks forward with his head slightly bowed. Maybe he saw me with my camera to my eye and looked down or perhaps this was the reason he hadn't noticed me. The image would have been stronger of course if he was looking directly at the camera, and me..
Another image of street art, this time taken at an angle that has exaggerated the perspective due to the the Fuji's wide angled lens.I left a gap at the edge of the frame and I waited a few moments to include a person as they walked passed. Luckily the girl that was passing by, looks straight the down the ally towards me and I pressed the shutter.
The last image of the day is below and could possibly be my favourite from my walk around sunny Shoreditch. It depicts a large advert for the Apple iPhone above a interesting shopfront and walking underneath it are two pedestrians that both have their faces buried in their phones and are oblivious to their surrounds as they are both too distracted with whatever they are finding interesting on their phone screens. So that's the results of a day out in sunny London and I have to say that I'm looking for to the next time I'm going to have the opportunity to get out in the street with my camera.