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It's been a prolific month and I've captured almost 6000 frames across the streets of Bristol, Oxford, Chepstow, Weston-super-Mere and Southampton. The size of this months collection reflects this but hopefully I've managed to cull it down to a reasonable length.
(Hopefully) there's lots of obvious humour here but also some captures that require a second look. Take a closer study of the butchers image, especially if you're looking on your phone. The "Salon Daydreamer" (above) and the "Cheese Sniffer" (second in the collection) are probably my favourites.
3 months in to my commitment to shoot more street photography, I'm definitely seeing an improvement in my work, which is very satisfy. I've also been learning more about the art; watching documentaries, reading books and looking at the work of other photographers. David Gibson's book The Street Photographer's Manual has been a great starting point. It's full of projects ideas and case studies on leading photographers. Eric Kim's blog (which I was introduced to by the book) is also full of useful information, inspiration, thinking and anecdotes.
Looking at the work of others has definitely challenged me to improve my own. It's given me the incentive to try and make my photos more interesting, more unusual and not just, what Gibson calls, capturing an 'easy shot'. I'm not sure I'm there yet but I feel like I'm moving in the right direction.
I'm also wary that looking at the work of others has it's own problems, and I'm conscious that there is a fine line between inspiration and emulation; this could be said for both aesthetic and technique. But it's early days and I think as long as I'm mindful of this, stay on my own path, and keep experimenting, I can't go wrong.
Here's the collection, click the first thumbnail to start a slideshow. It's ordered in the themes: humour, objects, singles, shadows, reflections and windows, pairs, feet and legs, and finally a small collection of black and white. I really hope you'll take the time to flick through and enjoy them.