There’re no real aims to street photography.
You walk, you see, you shoot and hope it makes visual sense.
It gives one something to do – one could be a tourist in a way as to avoid a degree of manufactured experience.
Go to all the tourist spots – but go at it from a tangent.
Sometimes you wonder why there’s so much of sitting around.
At other times you see there’s another way of seeing – capturing the London Eye without capturing the London Eye.
One could pretend to be a tourist and not stand out from the crowd.
Perhaps there’s such a thing as visual addiction.
By doing street photography, one commits to a certain way of being in the world.
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Camera: Olympus XA2
Film: Ilford XP2 400
From my London folder again…
I was happy to have caught this gesture…
He’s framed by various pictures, and there’s a statement here to be made about the idealised/commodified/cosmetic appearances of the pictures vs his heartfelt sincerity. Check out the arrow that’s about to pierce his heart.
The British Museum … it’s difficult to photograph such an iconic place because you know it has been done so many times…
I chose the seemingly unthinking approach: capture it at any angle and it’ll still look wonderful. Kudos to the architects…
Here’s a museum interior that plays with religious icons … there’s definitely a connection between religious devotion and museum space.
In a way, we’re here to worship art and/or the past.
At the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Here’re the acolytes …
I’m a tourist!
A busy scene with the seated person as a focal point, at the still point of the turning world …
“At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.
I can only say, there we have been: but I cannot say where.”
(T. S. Eliot, “Burnt Norton”, The Four Quartets)
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