This was an excellent experiment which made you focus on the detail around you rather than waiting on inspiration to appear. With the need to keep shooting at regular short intervals I found that I was immersed in the task and my observation was very much heightened from level I have previously operated at. The rate at which I found interesting material was quite surprising to me as sometimes I have come home with nothing after hours on the street. I acquired a new camera for Xmas and I think that this may have had something to do with it as it was a small CSC and allowed me to get much closer to my subjects. I am sure, however, that this was not the main reason. From following the reading materials and researching techniques and the way that other people shoot, combined with a greater understanding of the law around photography, I have found my confidence increasing dramatically over the last few weeks.
I have always tried to look for scenes that “mean” something and have realised that this is not nearly as easy as I had previously imagined. The skill of combining a well composed image with a visually compelling aura and at the same time commenting on society with a degree of depth is a real challenge. However, I tend not to beat myself up about this and at the moment if I get 2 out of 3 of the above components I’m happy. One thing I am noticing that to get a real connection to the social comment you are attempting you need to be really close to the subject…most of the time. An example of this is the 5 people sitting outside the cafe in on e of the images below. When I crop into this image it is interesting but from the position I have taken it from, the message is too diluted. I have been given the challenge of not cropping and am trying this. I am also trying not to do any post-processing but I am finding this too hard to resist at times :-) However, there are only a couple of images that have been touched in the selection below and none have been cropped.