Saturday, 19 December 2015

Brick Lane & banter

So I'm back, I've returned for another fun London Street Photography Meetup lurking, mingling and stalking, this time around Spitalfields and Brick Lane. We were looking for a gesture, a face in the crowd, an expression.

We met a dapper man who was undeniably totally off his face. Not sure on what, but heavily self medicated! Luckily he took a liking to Darren plus he thought Polly could be David Gilmour's wife, Polly, so I could steal a few shots of him. Other than the name, there seems to be no resemblance! Did I say he was as high as a kite?

Also managed to take a sneaky shot from the hip shot of Bruno, who I met last time.

Met some new Streettogs too, the bizarre, straggly wig sported by the Pastafarian (I'm not sure I can explain) will remain with me for a long time! We retired to the pub for a few drinks and plenty of banter.

I felt that I should post-process all the resultant images in black and white, perhaps channelling those Streettogs of old. I think I've found a new weekend past-time instead of hibernating!


Saturday, 12 December 2015

Learning to lurk, mingle & stalk!

I don't claim to partake in much Street Photography, after Carmargue last summer perhaps some sneaky shooting from the hip in a French market but I don't seem to be able to channel Johnny Stiletto in London, but I heard Polly has a regular Meetup based on that dark art so thought I'd join my first Meetup and have a go.

We started with a warm up and then after viewing some inspirational images we set forth to work with the windows, the extravagance, the luxury.

And I surprised myself, I had a lovely afternoon, lurking, mingling and stalking shoppers around Knightsbridge with a couple of other Streettogs at the London Street Photography Meetup. We even spotted the photographer Dougie Wallace working on his Harrodsburg project ...Oh and there might have been shopping after the photography bit (though Harvey Nix, not Harrods!) Thank you Polly, I still need to perfect my blending in, but I will definitely be back.

Now to pick my top three to post on the Meetup page, hmmmm!