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Street Portrait (for and of Rakia) #1, 2020

One of the great things about 2020 so far is I seem to have rekindled my interest in photographing people. An even greater thing is that I ran into Rakia yesterday.

We made 8-10 shots together around London Bridge and these are my favourites…

Street Portrait (for and of Rakia) #2, 2020

The photographs work as well in colour as they do in black and white. But I tend to favour the monochrome.

Street Portrait (for and of Rakia) #2 version 2, 2020

You can visit Rakia’s Instagram here: @rakiamoctar

Thanks very much Rakia!

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If you are interested in seeing more street portraits, digital constructs and paintings visit my Instagram here or my website here.

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Street Portrait (for and of Yozmit), 2013/ 2020

In the last few days I’ve been experimenting with converting portaits I originally presented in colour on TFIPM to black and white. This was partly to test Ted Grant’s adage. Above is the new processed main portrait of Yozmit, and below the original.

Street Portrait (for and of Yozmit), 2013

Back in 2013 I must have preferred the colour version as a true representation of Yozmit’s style. Today I like the inkiness of the new version.

The original post featuring Yozmit can be found here.

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Landscape study (271019), digital composite, dimensions variable, 2019

Around 2013 I wanted to show my portraits alongside abstract paintings. For all sorts of reasons (one being I didn’t know that many abstract painters) it didn’t happen, so I started trying to imagine and make the kind of abstracts that might work with street portraits. Seven years later, I think I’m beginning to find stuff.

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Untitled painting sketch, 2019

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Living in the Gaps (Landscape study), digital construct, dimensions variable, 2019

As some of you may know, I’m a fan of the group, The Fall, whose chief creator Mark E Smith sadly died in January 2018. This post is named after a 7″ single which was released by the group in 1982. The image above has nothing to do with The Fall, except I suppose tangentially – I’ve listened to them so much their aesthetic must have seeped into my process somewhere…

The painting below on the other hand I did “for MES” – it didn’t start out that way, but it as it neared completion it seemed to fit…anyway…

Painting for MES, 2018, Acrylic paint and watercolour pencil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm

Diary Images

Spend so much of my time looking down nowadays…these were both taken in London in the first week of the year.

3rd January 2020
3rd January 2020

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Patti Fogarty

I’d like to dedicate this post to Patti Fogarty, who was a brilliant street photographer, portraitist and blogger (and one of the first people I “met” on WordPress). Her photographs were really something else – a celebration. I miss them and I miss her presence online. There’s a very nice tribute to Patti on Monochromia and you can see her work on her blog Nylon Daze.

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If you want to see other work, visit my Instagram here or my website here.

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Landscape study (101119), digital composite, dimensions variable, 2019

Happy New Year to everyone who has supported TFIPM by reading, liking or commenting!

The intention for 2020 is to make this blog more like an online sketchbook, so along with the finished works and art conversations with David Cook, I’ll be posting ideas, sketches, diaristic photographs and portraits. Not sure of the exact format, but here we go…

The above is another example of my renewed interest in digital work – I seem to have strayed into the landscape format good and proper. There are paintings in the works as well.

In the meantime, here are a couple of photographs from just after New Year in Brighton, UK…

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If you want to see other work, visit my Instagram here or my website here.

All best wishes!

Hello all, for those of you that don’t know, I’ve opened an Instagram account, which I use to post works in progress and highlights from my street portrait project. The latest addition is Ally from 2013. Thanks Ally!

The account is: @richardguest9440

Street Portrait (for and of Ally), 2013
Street Portrait (for and of Ally), 2013

A few more recent entries…

Untitled sketchbook pages, 2018
Untitled sketchbook pages, 2018
Travel Arrangements

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My Etsy shop, https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CityStories  is open, where you can find greetings cards and prints.

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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…

Richard from CK Ponderings and I work completely independently on these collaborations. We have been doing this for some time now and in the past there have been strange coincidences where we’ve chosen the same thing to photograph or shots have complemented each other really well. This time…

Richard Cooper-Knight:

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Falling Slowly, 2014

I admit to being a little flummoxed by Richard’s theme this time around. It was abstract enough that I could do something with it, but for a while I simply had no idea where to start. Then it struck me. The weather in the UK has been pretty awful this winter – not the biting cold and snows of January-March 2013, but constant, relentless storms and rain that have left many parts of the country under water and thousands of families facing weeks and months of waiting a) for the water to subside and b) for their homes to dry out before they stand any chance of moving back in again. The storms have battered the south and south western coasts for ages now, making daily headlines. Listening to one of these, I was drawn to the West Pier in Brighton. Closed due to safety reasons in the 1970s, its fate was sealed in 2003 when two fires (allegedly caused by ‘professional arsonists’ wanting to avoid competition from a neighbouring pier) demolished what remained of the pavilions. Since then annual storms have slowly but surely worn away at what remains and, piece by piece, the rusting skeleton is being devoured by the waves.

Richard Guest:

Falling Slowly, 2014

For this collaboration, I spent a week constructing a multi-frame photomontage of a street off Kingsway; then, in a fit of pique, I deleted the lot – it seemed too much like style over substance (and the file size was enormous). A couple of days later, I spotted these bananas and somehow, even though they didn’t really fit the theme, they worked much better.

 Oddly, even though they are of vastly different subjects, I think Richard and I have taken shots with very similar meanings…his shot, of course, is beautiful. 

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Richard Guest would also like to recommend you visit the blog Strata of the self. It’s ace!

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Richard from  and I have just completed our first collaboration of 2014. To see the results, please visit Richard’s quite superb blog, CK Ponderings.

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

Richard from CK Ponderings and I decided to concentrate on one theme leading up to the end of 2013: the roads we live on. This time I suggested that we use the word Lines to inform our photographs. So, our third visit…

Richard Cooper-Knight:

IMG_9043On The Street Where You Live, 2013

The last in our triptych of On The Street… shots proved an interesting theme. Richard’s idea of stripping it back has given new impetus to my shots, and I am aware that I have almost been trying too hard with my photographs – and certainly those in collaboration with Mr Guest – meaning that they haven’t always turned out as I have wanted them to. I therefore kept it fairly simple from a photographic perspective – telegraph poles are as abundant in my road as they are in most people’s – and played around a bit more in post-production.

Richard Guest:

On The Street Where You Live IV, 2013

Familiarity has, I think, led me to stalking the road after dark; things seem much better defined under sodium lights. Sounds are sharper, scents more intense and there are fewer people about. And I have two of my favourite critics with me.

Richard and I have just completed the second part of our ongoing collaboration. If you would like to see the results, please visit Richard’s superb blog, CK Ponderings.

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