Author: Pete

Photographer and part time Spider-man.

New York Diary Day 6

We wake up to this incredible view from our hotel window. I told Hampton Hotel I was a photographer and they gave us a great view. It never failed to disappoint. Though I’m not sure what the buildings are in the photo, other than One World Trade Centre.

We had a bit more of a chilled out day planned. A trip to Prospect Park in Brooklyn, Dumbo and then One World Trade Centre.

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Light Night

As always Light Night, an event run by a small team of amazing women, is the highlight of the year. It’s like 24hrs of incredible events squished into 6 hours. I spent most of Saturday resting after my 10km walk around the city with all my camera gear. I wouldn’t change a thing. As one of the official photographers I get to see a wide range of events. I saw music in the Picton Reading Room. Dancing in the Town Hall. Fire dancers on the steps of St Georges Hall. After all that excitement I got to relax at the Anglican Cathedral with a mesmerising light show.

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Leica Update

I own 3 Leica cameras. I bought my first in 2010. A Leica M6 film camera with everything you need on it. It has a built in light meter, interchangeable lens system and shoots lovely lovely film. I bought it because it won’t age so in 30 years time I’ll still be learning from it whereas everything else will be virtual reality drone cameras. I’m not very good with this camera. I guess I simply don’t know how to really use it so I use it like a digital camera. The results are bad because the way I use digital is to take a photo and then correct my mistake. Read More

New York Diary – Day 5

Day 5 in NYC. Our first full day going to Manhattan from Brooklyn and our first go on the subway which is a never ending source of interesting people.

Our day started at the Flatiron Building. It’s home to the Daily Bugle and basically just a cool looking building. I’ve wanted to see it for years. Oddly I never noticed the 3 ripples in the side before. We turn around and there’s the Empire State Building. Nice. Read More

Gareth Hughes – Podcaster

Gareth Hughes is a podcaster based in Anglesey. I was commissioned by Swiss magazine Migros Magazine to go photograph him for an article they were doing on him. His podcast is basically him walking around Anglesey speaking English as part of a foreign language education network.

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Street photography: How do you feel?

I had this idea recently about a street photography workshop with a difference. No messing around with being a leaf on the wind or sight beyond sight. This would be a discussion of ethics.

The basic idea I had was you get a group and split it in two. One group is taken on a normal workshop. The other group then street photos the first. The idea being that the first group learns to empathise with those that they would be photographing.

It’s just an idea and I’m no way running it. I just thought that maybe we need to have more empathy with people rather than seeing people on the street as lens fodder. If everyone is a street photographer now then no-one is. We’re all just people photographing strangers for social media likes. Street photography is about the people. Get to know them and maybe you’ll get better photos.