On the streets of Nottingham - streetphotography by iphone

 For the last 13 years     I tend to go  where the work is ( my normal , day-to-day , pay-my-bills kind of work )  . Be it on the other side of the country or even another country. Dragging my baggage of clothes and laptop - foolishly relying on public transport to get me to my destination . I  have to say I never took my camera with me  because as I am stuck in some office for 8 hours -12 hours a day  I am in no mood to be creative. Carrying a heavy laptop on my travels has taken its toll on my back so carrying anything else  on top of that and I think my back will give up for good.

Then came the iphone  … and more so the amazing apps  to help with process one’s creativity ( and lighter than the camera).

For the last two months I have been working in Nottingham and for the first time  I have been out in the evenings on the streets in the centre with my phone. 

As we are approaching Summer and  the evenings are getting lighter this has proven to be an incentive to  leave the office on time….

Check out my ‘On the Streets of Nottingham’ on my instagram #onthestreetsofnottingham

Keeping Up Appearances - A challenging photography project exploring the role of appearance in the lives of people living with Dementia/Alzheimers

For  nearly a  year I have been trying to get this project off the ground and I  will be the first to admit that this has been an uphill struggle from the start .

What am I trying to achieve ? Why am I trying to achieve something  ? How do I approach my subject ?   How can I get participants  to come on board with my project - especially on a topic that can be quite sensitive and personal  as I know from my own experience.  So many questions  receiving very few answers . 

I had so many ideas going through my head . But I was on the path of chaos theory hoping that in the end it will all fall into place and make sense .

But no - I still had a blank canvas ..

Until a couple of weeks ago I  had a breakthrough when I went to visit my mother .

My dear mother always the  willing model for my photos !

The chaos theory turned into a simple theory within 24 hours  .  

So this weekend I have finally managed to put my idea to paper and shortly be sending off my project proposal to potential participants  .

Thanks mum !

Square Mile by iPhone

This project was actually a failed project . I failed because of fear  .Street photography  feels me with fear . People see the camera before they see me .Although  I need to  conquer those fears its a very very slow process .

Then I discovered  my iPhone - I have always dismissed my  phone for taking images as  they never look that great and generally  I always see  the phone as something to make phone calls or text and nothing more .Pretty strange considering my background is of a technical nature ( I worked in IT for the last 15 years )  but I have never been a geeky.

iPhone apps opened up a new world for me  and decided to give my failed project a much needed CPR (and stealth ) . 

The ‘Square Mile ’ is in primarily  financial district of the London - The City of London . The first time I worked there was when I was  16 in the late 80’s where ‘greed was good ’ , yuppies   in pinstripe suits shouting ‘Sell’ or profanities on their brick-style mobile phones and the ladies in huge shoulder padded suits clickety clacking in their high heels around Bishopgates  during the morning rush.

I found myself working nearby again  25 years later . Armed with my mobile I put my lunch hour to good use and gave me the much needed break away from my computer screen.

The images are a mixture of colour and black& white - I haven’t quite finished the project but I am pleased with the results  so far  .

I  feel comfortable using my phone for street photography . Especially in the City - do I really need permission to take photo of Lloyds building from  a public street ? 

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