Saturday, 24 March 2012


Continuing the theme of trying to engage the subjects I shoot without an acknowledgement or request from me. Testing how far I can go. These shots in London - Houses of Westminster & Tate Britain.

I like this one a lot, she could see I was taking photographs and kept an eye on me as she walked past, fits very well into Assignment 8 of Angier's Train your gaze

These schoolgirls were very boisterous, bad technique on my part lost me a potentially interesting shot.

He saw me standing and composing with the camera and he continued to stare as he walked right on by.

Standing on guard outside the Houses of Parliament - I suspect they get quite a few tourists taking pictures of them.

Leading up to Tate Britain - "safe" shot.

Outside the Houses of Parliament, I noticed that he saw me pointing and his expression is just an accident, I don't think he was posing.

One of "The Burghers of Calais" by Rodin seems to be offering a gesture to this lady who had been taking pictures of them.


  1. I'm impressed that you are persevering with this - I must admit that I find the confrontational idea difficult and instinctively tend to try to blend in and be unobtrusive. I thought the mirroring shots in the last post were interesting and could make an interesting theme to develop further. I'm less sure about the picture with the out of focus subject but it may just be that I need to tune into this aesthetic. Do you have a goal in mind with this work beyond developing skills, such as a potential project?

  2. Thanks for this Eileen. I must say that I feel quite uncomfortable taking these, though as I go along I get the sense that I may become inured to it and I'm not sure that's a good thing or not either. The reason for continuing is the appreciation that I need to develop technique and try and find new ways to express myself and this may be it(?). I would like the camera to be quicker, I'm using a Fuji X100, which takes a bit of time to get started, though once it's working it's fast enough. I'm not sure if there is a project in "people unaware" as I think I would like my subjects to be completely aware, but I will continue to experiment to see where it leads.
    By the way, my favourite shot is the first image with the out of focus lady; it's her "knowledge" and that means there is a suggestion of a complicit agreement between us. And her eyes seem to convey some interesting thoughts!