I’m looking forward to taking more photographs from the relative comfort of a scooter after my productive experience at Hay.
The other day I drove to a place where I hadn’t taken street photos before. When I saw the crowds and the grumpy look on most people’s faces, I have to admit, I chickened out.
Trying to create street photographs whilst walking with crutches is tough at the best of times, but instinct told me I was in for a series of “did you just photograph me?” questions. As I was experimenting to see if I could still handle my heavy full frame camera with my disability, I just wasn’t in the mood for confrontation.
Where there is perception there is deception
…is something that the Buddha is credited with saying. My perceptions may have been wrong, but I decided to go with my gut instinct. I got back into my car and drove off into the suburbs.
Ten minutes later and I’d found my inspiration again –
Parked up by a group of shuttered shops next to a housing estate I knew that, at the very least, here I could take some abstracts of the buildings in peace.
As my mind calmed down I began to see photographic opportunities.
These Carling shots are three of my favourites from the hour I spent waiting and watching-
All are single frames taken through a tear in a poster on a glass phone booth. I don’t think my interpretation is quite what the ad agency had in mind but hey, that’s creativity and freedom of speech for you.
I only took about ten frames in the whole time I was there.
Here are some of the others –
All were taken on my Canon 6D with a 24-70mm f4 lens using my “German Crutch Company” crutch as a monopod. (I kid you not, I had to search for German crutches online to buy them!)
You can just about see the size of my Canon 6D in this “self-portrait with a German crutch”. I like the way the natural borders and distressing from the window have given it an old-fashioned Polaroid look.
After struggling with the weight of the 6D I can’t wait to get back out on the streets with my tiny Ricoh GR on my scooter!
I hope you enjoyed the pictures. Thanks for your company 🙂
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