I’m a Thor sized man and yet whenever I go to London I’m invisible on the pavement. It ashtonishes me just how many times someone walks into me. I am forever moving out of people’s way as they walk towards me. A simple walk around the city is a hassle that leaves me annoyed. Should I be doing all that work? I mean if I don’t move out of people’s way they are likely to get knocked over and this would be a photo essay on the people I’ve accidentally floored.
Honestly, I wish I was the type of person to not even think about this and just plough through. This is one of those things where I wonder if it’s autism or not. Am I hyper aware of everything around me so everything feels like a threat and I’m being hyper-vigilant? Is it me being a photographer noticing too much?
This has happened so many times I decided to try and make it into a photo essay. They say the best way to do street photography is to be invisible, and well apparently I am on the streets of London so here we are.
I am thrilled to announce that a portrait I made, as part of my year long documentary project about Port Sunlight, has been selected as one of the top 200 photos in the ‘Portrait of Britain’ competition. It will be included in the ‘Portrait of Britain’ book and there’s a chance it might be selected to be on digital displays around the country later in the year.
The photo is one of my favourites from the project that of Valerie knitting in her bedroom. She made knitwear for charities overseas. The Chinese artwork on her wall reminds her of her trips to China and the reproduction of the Pre-Raphaelites ‘Scapegoat’ painting is representative of her ability to take on the troubles of others. “Take me as I am or not at all”, she told me. I spent nearly 3 hours talking with Valerie. Amazing woman. Read More
We were spoilt with our trip to Top of the Rock. Properly spoilt. We arrived before sunset and watched the sun go down over New York. In the distance we could see planes, ships, cars, bridges, and hills. I was surprised at how flat the entire area was.Read More
The view above is what we woke up to every morning in Brooklyn. It was quiet a view. If you stuck your head out the window you could just about see the Manhattan Bridge too. Now I’m all for independent businesses over chains but this hotel had that view and waffles for breakfast from a machine that sounded like Jimmy Carr laughing. That view though.
A rainy day in NYC. We went for a wander to Soho and the Leica store where I bought a copy of the official Leica mag which featured an interview with Sarah Lee and her work in LA which was great. There was also an exhibition of work in Cuba that was stunning. After that we went shopping because it was really quite cold in the rain. We tried to get into one of those trendy bakeries but the queues were really absurd. I didn’t fancy spending an hour or two of my time in NYC waiting for a doughnut.
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.