Olympus XA2 at Brick Lane

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That’s part of a performance: it’s the London edition of Singapore: Inside Out.

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The street composes itself.

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Young artists.

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Rectangular grids are easy to do.

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The street is its own art.

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The people and the streets are one.

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Respect the street.

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Camera: Olympus XA2

Film: Ilford XP2 400

Street Photography and Tourism

I’ve set a challenge for myself – to do tourism slightly differently.

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It’s a way of not spending money.

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Go to touristy sites and look at tourists.

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Turn that obligatory landmark photo into a street photograph.

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And then suddenly, everyday life becomes intriguing.

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Quiet moments are especially beautiful.

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You could still be a tourist in the Tube.

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Camera: Olympus XA2

Film: Ilford XP2

On the streets of London with an Olympus XA2

An Olympus XA2 is light, small and discreet.

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I’d raise it to my eye and no one would notice.

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Even if they do notice, people would be less likely to react, compared to if you point at them with a gigantic Canon 5D Mark III.

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You could capture people and their environment – the lens is wide enough.

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There’s the interaction between person and space.

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Its convenience cannot be overemphasized – a matter of pulling the camera out of your cargo pants pocket when the opportunity presents itself.

Camera: Olympus XA2

Film: Ilford XP2 400

Blindness to the Streets

There’s a blindness to the streets we need to learn to see.

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There’s the individual, and there’s society.

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The street looks back.

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We negotiate the streets.

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We work the streets.

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We refresh the streets.

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The street is at rest.

Thanks for reading!

Camera: Olympus XA2

Film: Ilford XP2 400

 

Camera: Olympus XA2

Film: Ilford XP2 400

Street Photography, Street Wisdom

Never turn your back on the street.

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Some streets are for sale.

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Other streets are for friends.

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Streets are for hanging around.

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There’s a street attitude to tease out.

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You’ll never know who is looking from the street.

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Some streets are nicer.

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Some streets are more equal than others.

Thanks for reading!

Camera: Olympus XA2

Film: Ilford XP2 400

Street Photography Ethos

There’re no real aims to street photography.

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You walk, you see, you shoot and hope it makes visual sense.

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It gives one something to do – one could be a tourist in a way as to avoid a degree of manufactured experience.

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Go to all the tourist spots – but go at it from a tangent.

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Sometimes you wonder why there’s so much of sitting around.

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At other times you see there’s another way of seeing – capturing the London Eye without capturing the London Eye.

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One could pretend to be a tourist and not stand out from the crowd.

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Perhaps there’s such a thing as visual addiction.

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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

Street Photography: Film vs Digital

In general, there’re two approaches available for the street photographer who uses both digital and film cameras.

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With a digital camera, you could take multiple shots of the same scene.

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You could take a shot that you think might not work but do it just to see what happens.

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In other words, you could AFFORD to experiment with a digital camera.

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With a film camera, you’d tend to be more circumspect.

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This means that film photography reveals your competency.

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After all, even if you could afford it, a wasted shot is wasted film.

Thanks for reading.

Camera: Olympus XA2

Film: Ilford XP2 400