Street Portrait (for and of Valerie), 2013
OK, I have to admit I kind of stalked Valerie. I spotted her through the supermarket window and thought, “Wow, that is such a cool outfit!” So, I waited and waited while she rang her shopping through the automated till and then ran after her when she came out of the shop. This was a week or so ago, and I still think it’s an incredibly cool way to dress. And what a gaze. Thanks very much for agreeing to the shots, Valerie! I hope you like your picture.
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A quick shout to Richard, my cool collaborator, at CK Ponderings – we’ve just completed our twenty-fifth collaboration and he’s got a whole raft of great, atmospheric shots from Cuba going on. Check it out!
Hello! I’ve just opened an Etsy shop selling prints of my photographs. The idea at the moment is to concentrate on shots that have some kind of implied narrative (hence the name). I’m a long way from printing my own stuff, but I’ve found a lab in the City, who make very good archival prints.
I’ll be adding shots to the shop from time to time, but there is a facility on Etsy to do private sales, so if there is anything on The Future Is Papier Mâché you would like a copy of that’s not in the shop, I’ll try my best to get it printed for you.
That’s all, thanks for reading! Have to go; I hear cash registers ringing…
Han and Inge, 2013
I’ve always wanted to do this…to get this shot, I held up a handwritten sign with Han‘s name on it, like a driver picking someone up from an airport…
It all started with Inge (who you probably know as Olive) leaving a comment on my blog saying she was coming to London. So I suggested we meet up and I take her photograph.
After some confusion with emails (my fault – sorry, Inge, for some reason I thought Han was coming on his own. Hence the sign), we agreed to meet up in Covent Garden. These shots were taken just after we met. And then we went for lunch at Café Eterno on Neal Street (the quietest in the area). It was interesting to meet Inge and Han after having followed their blogs. And really nice to have a chat in person. Afterwards myself, Inge and Han went for a bit of a photographic safari, more of which later…
Thanks for a great afternoon, Inge and Han! Hope you like your pictures.
Just before we left the café, Raymond generously agreed to me taking his portrait – what a great smile! I know it’s not strictly speaking a street portrait, but what the heck. Thanks very much, Raymond! Hope you like your picture.
Richard and I have just completed our twenty-fifth collaboration. If you would like to see the results, please visit Richard’s superb blog, CK Ponderings.
Street Portrait (for and of Rick Wakeman), 2013
Well, I was on Great Queen Street just about to cross the road when I spotted a photo shoot going on outside the very grand front doors to the Freemason’s Hall. There under the glare of a studio light stood Rick Wakeman. So I waited until he had finished the shoot then legged it after him and asked for a shot. He was incredibly nice about it and said I could as long as it was only one, because his lunch was getting cold. Thanks very much, Rick! Hope you like your picture.
I’ve joked in the past about taking the same pictures over and over again. And I have photographed Rick before, but that was more of a sneaky, candid shot. You can see it here.
Rick Wakeman has had a stellar career in music and entertainment. He was the keyboard player in the best incarnation of the band Yes, he played piano on David Bowie’s Hunky Dory and has worked with Elton John, Cat Stevens, T. Rex and Black Sabbath to name a few. Before joining Yes, he was a member of The Strawbs. Rick Wakeman has produced in excess of 100 solo albums, and his album The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (1975) was performed on ice at Wembley Arena. You can read more about Rick here.
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OK, so I had a fortnight break from posting (thank you all for your wonderful comments! They are very much appreciated), and now I’ve caught a stinker of a cold, which has slowed everything down, so I’m probably not going to be around for at least another week (promise I’m not fishing for nice comments). See you in a bit…
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If you want to see all the street portraits to date in one place, go here: http://tfipmremix.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/london-faces-remix/ – it’s not at all up-to-date I’m afraid.
Richard Cooper-Knight and I have been collaborating for a year. And to celebrate, Richard has collected all the images we’ve made for every collaboration together in one post. A mammoth task; thanks, Richard!
To view the collection, click here or on the image above.
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I’m still technically on a break, but I couldn’t pass this by. See you in a week or so…
It’s time for me to take a little break from blogging – a couple of weeks or so. No doubt I’ll pop up occasionally on your blogs, but I won’t be posting. As Patrick McGoohan used to say, “Be seeing you.”
Becky and Pablo, 2013
OK, this was taken a little while ago on Neal Street in Covent Garden, London, UK. Becky and Pablo were on their way somewhere and I follwed them and then badgered them for a photograph. They were great about it and posed for a few shots. I love their relaxed style – another melange of classic periods. Thanks very much, Becky and Pablo! Hope you like your pictures.
Street Portrait (for and of Richard Bass) #1, 2013
Street Portrait (for and of Richard Bass) #2, 2013
So, having indulged in a little time travel with Claire I’m going to take us back…to an earlier time…the Wednesday before. This is Richard Bass. He was walking down a pretty much deserted street. To say he stood out would be an understatement – I ran over to him and he was great about me taking so many shots. Again, Richard seems to inhabit his clothes, so although they are obviously period perfect, they are also very much part of who he is. What an absolute gent! Thanks very much, Richard! Hope you like your pictures.
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If you want to see all the street portraits to date in one place, go here: http://tfipmremix.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/london-faces-remix/ – it’s not very up-to-date I’m afraid.