A photo I took years and years ago. A personal favourite of mine.
The picture I’m featuring in today’s blog is one of my favourites. I shot this from the hip on my mobile phone, as I was walking home from a quick shop run. I saw the text; which I believe was part of a heart health ad, and framed it out of context. Hey, it begged to be. As I pushed the shutter though, a bus came into frame. This all happened in a few seconds, and the phone went back in my pocket. I only noticed much later, when I was looking at it again, how incidentally / accidentally perfect it was.
It’s the two strangers on the top deck that get to me. The reflection against the glass siding of the bus stop shelter creates the illusion that they are seated facing each other, but invisible to each other. Or ignoring each other. In fact, one is sitting behind the other. It seemed/seems like such a perfect illustration of how life in London can be sometimes. We see each other, but we don’t. This, combined with the “skip heartache”. Well, it’s heartbreakingly perfect to me.
It’s been mentioned to me the last few years that I do not take enough “people pictures”. This is true, and in fact I’m trying to rectify this at the moment! When I was growing up however, I had one always-there subject in my younger brother. Just because he was always there, though, doesn’t mean he was always willing to be photographed. It often took a bit of begging and/or nagging, and often he would ruin shots by pulling awful faces, or looking especially mopey. Maybe I treasure those pictures the most. I’m really missing the guy today; 6000 miles away. Thanks for letting me click away, bro.
Over the last five years or so, the majority of my photographs have been taken using my mobile phone (an HTC); easy to carry and easy to shoot from the hip / chest (?) with. I’ve been really happy with the quality of pictures I’ve taken with it, some of which I may share on this blog in future. Over the last few months, it’s been giving me a bit of trouble though, and the quality of pictures has been less great; I probably need an upgrade. Happily, I have two analogue cameras that I’ve started using more regulary in the mean time.
I’ve always loved the surprise of film; the wait and reveal. Sometimes the pictures are a let down, sure, but often they are very special. When I moved to London in 2007, lomography was shiniz and I bought myself a Lomo Fisheye 2. I took it with me to Belgium, and promply lost the removable fisheye viewer which fits onto the hotshoe, down a narrow lane in Bruges. Still, I continued to use and have a lot of fun with it until last year when it finally packed up on me. A lot of film went through its guts, so I was happy to retire it.
Two or so years ago I was clicking around eBay, and stumbled on a variation on (clone of?) a (lomography) Diana, called Harrow. The appeal was immediate, because I happened to have spent a lot of my time in London in Harrow. It’s been a bit hit and miss with this one. It leaks light, but has rewarded me nicely a few times. I’ll be sharing some of the results I’ve had with it on this blog.
In August this year I acquired a second hand Konica C35. Again, hit and miss, we’re still figuring each other out, but so far I am liking this camera a lot. Again will share results in separate blog posts.
In my arsenal, I also have a camera gifted to me by a Russian friend. I had a fun weekend, lugging this brick around London once. Approaching and taking pictures of interesting strangers, only to have the film developed and find there is nothing on it. Bummer. It probably needs a good clean / service, but I’ve not got around to doing that yet.
I look forward to sharing pictures; results from analogue, digital and mobile photography, with you on this blog.