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

There’s a lot of grey stone on Kingsway – most of the buildings are imposing architecturally but chromatically reserved, so it made a refreshing change to see a great block of blue in the form of scaffold sheeting outside one of them. Besrat was standing outside the site. I really liked his safety glasses and the way his high-visibility vest contrasted with the blue backdrop, so I asked him for a photograph and he was great about it. I ended up taking three or four, and this is my favourite. Thanks very much, Besrat! Hope you like your picture.

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Guts, 2014- Guts, 2014 -

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I'm Not The Loving Kind, 2014- I’m Not The Loving Kind, 2014 -

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This post is dedicated to Karen – thanks for the title!

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

Having just had a very nice lunch with David Cook, at the Photographers Gallery, I went off in search of Savile Row. I’ve been there before several times, so you’d think I’d remember where it was. After half an hour I was completely lost – well, not completely; several landmarks kept on crawling past. Round and round I went until I spotted Meraz. His look seemed immaculate to me, completely contemporary and classic at the same time – and extremely stylish. And he was good enough to let me take a lot of shots. This was the penultimate attempt and the one I like the most. Thanks very much, Meraz! Hope you like your picture.

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Tonight, Tonight, Tonight, 2014- Tonight, Tonight, Tonight, 2014 -

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Supper's Ready, 2014- Supper’s Ready, 2014 -

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This post is dedicated to Keith (RIP) and David. (Hope the shoot went well!)

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

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

So, at the end of a long, meandering walk that took in a lot of streets, but with very few photographs to show for it, I turned onto Shorts Gardens. And almost walked into the best looking couple of people I’d seen all day. They were deep in conversation, so I crossed the street and waited for signs that they were about to part. I misjudged it of course, but Wendy and Daisuke were really nice about me taking their pictures. These are the first (Wendy) and last (Daisuke) shots and my favourites.Thanks very much for letting me take your photographs, Wendy and Daisuke! Hope you like your pictures.

It turned out Wendy and Daisuke are exhibiting a sculpture – The Love Bomb – in Atomica (a very hip gallery at 29 Shorts Gardens). You can read about The Love Bomb here. I tried to photograph it, but couldn’t get the right angle on it, so here is a detail:

The Love Bomb, 2014The Love Bomb (detail)

by Wendy Meakin and Daisuke Sakaguchi

It’s a lovely object and I strongly urge you to see it in the flesh. Here are Wendy and Daisuke with the Love Bomb:

The Love Bomb, 2014Wendy, Daisuke and The Love Bomb inside Atomica Gallery

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Message of Love, 2014- Message of Love, 2014 -

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Talk of the Town, 2014- Talk of the Town, 2014 -

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Still Life With Shovel, 2014- Still Life With Shovel, 2014 -

Originally, my intention was to post another street portrait today, but I don’t have any so instead you have a picture of a shovel. It caught my eye and I spent a minute or two taking shots of the back of a road mender’s truck. When I looked up I noticed the owner of the shovel looking at me quizzically. I thought I’d better explain myself, so I sidled over and told him I was a street photographer. “And you wanted to photograph that?” he said with a shake of the head. “I like the shapes and the colour,” I said. Suddenly, I felt like a tourist. I wish I’d asked his name.

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If you want to see some great street portraits, check out Cardinal Guzman’s blog. If you are interested in self-portraits, I recommend you visit Strata of the Self. It’s beautiful.

The Heart Knows Better, 2014- The Heart Knows Better, 2014 -

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Late Night Shopping, 2014- Late Night Shopping, 2014 -

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

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

There are days when, photographically, everything seems to go right. I’d just set foot on Great Queen Street when I spotted Gilbert & George on the other side of the road, sporting these very fetching caps. So I legged it over and asked for a portrait. Gilbert did most of the talking. But they were both really nice about me taking a few shots. I fluffed the first couple, partly from being a little rusty and partly because, as an art student, I owned very few monographs, and one of them was The Art of Gilbert & George (Thames & Hudson, 1989). That sounds a little odd, but familiarity with their work made them important to my understanding of modern art (- I knew their story (as told by Wolf Jahn), which was fascinating and their work, which simultaneously reflected the world around them, and remade it).  It was odd to momentarily step into their world, having only experienced it as a book and a load of exhibitions. Anyway, thanks very much for stopping, Gilbert & George! Hope you like your pictures.

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OuttaTheBag, 2014- OuttaTheBag, 2014 -

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Perfect, 2014- Perfect, 2014 -

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