Street Portrait (for and of Amy), 2014

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I spotted Amy a very long time before I got to take her photograph. She was one of the first people that day I knew I wanted to photograph, but she was on the phone so I left it – didn’t want to disturb her. Eventually she disappeared into the crowd. A little while later, I spotted her again, but she was too far away for me to reach without really legging it and I just didn’t have the energy that day. Eventually, after a pretty fruitless hour, I ran into Amy on Great Queen Street and she was great about having her photograph taken. This was the final shot and is my favourite. Thanks very much, Amy! Hope you like your picture.

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SONY DSCThe World In Amy’s Sunglasses, 2014

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If you are at all interested in self-portraits, I strongly recommend you visit Strata of the Self.

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Self-portrait with tree and woman, 2014- Self-portrait with tree and woman, 2014 -

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If you are at all interested in self-portraits, I strongly recommend you visit Strata of the Self.

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Street Portrait (for and of Joshua), 2014- Street Portrait (for and of Joshua), 2014 -

Joshua was busy trying to find his way somewhere, when I bounded up to him and asked if I could take his portrait. He said yes, and then immediately turned to the side. It was such an interesting approach, and all the subsequent shots where I put myself in front of him weren’t as good. So, this is the first shot and my favourite. Thanks very much for stopping, Joshua! Hope you like your picture.

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If you are at all interested in self-portraits, I strongly recommend you visit Strata of the Self.

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Street Portrait (for and of Vicky), 2014- Street Portrait (for and of Vicky), 2014 -

One day last week, I decided on a different approach. Instead of wandering the streets, I would choose a spot and stay there for half an hour in the hope that the interesting shots would come to me. And I nearly managed it – my itchy feet took me down a few side streets, but I mainly stuck to the bit of Neal Street outside Urban Outfitters. And I didn’t get a single shot until right near the end of the time, when I spotted Vicky. I really liked her style – like a lot of the people I photograph she seemed to inhabit her image – I got the impression I was seeing the real Vicky. And she was lovely about being photographed. This is the first of two shots, and my favourite. Thanks very much for stopping, Vicky! Hope you like your picture.

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If you are at all interested in self-portraits, I strongly recommend you visit Strata of the Self.

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Street Portrait (for and of Francesca), 2014- Street Portrait (for and of Francesca), 2014 -

It seemed like the first mild, sunny Spring day of the year. I’d just set foot on Great Queen Street, when I spotted Francesca walking towards me. She was great about agreeing to a few shots. I loved her look, and didn’t want to lose the textures in the background – it’s a visually busy street, so we used the side of a van as a neutral backdrop. This was the fourth shot and is my favourite. Thanks very much for stopping, Francesca! Hope you like your picture.

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If you are at all interested in self-portraits, I strongly recommend you visit Strata of the Self.

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Street Portrait (for and of Hiro), 2014- Street Portrait (for and of Hiro), 2014 -

It was a funny day. The camera and I were not getting on as we usually do – I was ham-fisted, impatient and unfairly demanding. The camera was sulky, awkward and unfocussed. We had both pretty much thrown in the towel, when I spotted Hiro. I loved the way he was dressed and he was great about letting me take his photograph. What I did wrong I don’t know. The first two shots of Hiro were perfectly in focus. This is the third – it’s a bit “off”. Technically, it’s wrong, but it’s so much righter than the previous two shots – I think the softness lends the shot a bit of warmth and life. Anyway, thanks very much for stopping, Hiro! Hope you like your picture.

A few yards after leaving Hiro, I discovered the reason for the softness of the shot and corrected it. Minutes later, I found myself staring at Hiro’s name…

Hiro, 2014- Hiro, 2014 -

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If you are at all interested in self-portraits, I strongly recommend you visit Strata of the Self. If you would like to see more of my black and white photography, I have a picture in Leanne Cole and Laura Macky’s Monochrome Madness over on Leanne’s superb blog.

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SONY DSC- Street Portrait (for and of Charlie McDonald), 2014 -

I was on Floral Street. Years ago, when I had the money I sometimes shopped there and I like to revisit old haunts even if I can no longer participate in any meaningful way. Charlie McDonald was walking towards me as I considered making for more familiar ground. So I switched tack, marched up to him and asked for a photograph. And to my relief he said yes. I loved his incredible scarf (well the whole look really). The first shot is the last one I took, and the second one is the first. Thanks very much for stopping, Charlie! Hope you like your pictures.

Street Portrait (for and of Charlie McDonald) #2, 2014- Street Portrait (for and of Charlie McDonald) #2, 2014 -

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If you are at all interested in self-portraits, I strongly recommend you visit Strata of the Self.

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Richard and I have just completed another collaboration. To see the results, please visit Richard’s quite superb blog, CK Ponderings.

Here’s a sneak preview of one of my images to whet your appetite…

Street Portrait (for and of Mark), 2014- Street Portrait (for and of Mark), 2014 -

Mark was standing outside a sandwich shop on Drury Lane. I really liked his look, and he was good enough to let me take a few shots. This was the third shot and is my favourite. For the first time, I decided to include a close-up of the clothes, because I liked the colour of Mark’s suit so much. The suit is from a London tailor called Sir Tom Baker. Anyway, thanks very much for stopping Mark! Hope you like your picture.

Mark (detail), 2014Mark (detail), 2014

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If you are at all interested in self-portraits, I strongly recommend you visit Strata of the Self.

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SONY DSC- We Don’t Own It, 2014 -

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SONY DSC- Real Life, 2014 -

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We Don’t Own It, Real Life and Feed The Light are all tracks on Joan As Policewoman’s album, Real Life (2006). You can listen to the rather lovely title track here.

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SONY DSC- Feed The Light, 2014 -

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A photograph and a painting are essentially the same thing. One is just a series of pigments in emulsifier put down on canvas, while the other is silver nitrate deposits put down on paper. There is very little difference between the two.

(extract from an interview with John Baldessari in AnOther magazine, 2010)

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