street photography

Life and Death and Pigeons

Learning about life

Yves’ observations

If you like observational photography – also known inaccurately as “street photography” – then Yves’ blog is worth following. It certainly makes me want to get out and spend time watching and waiting myself. Here are a few of my own efforts, from my Flickr set.      

Freedom to take photos in public places under attack

The freedom to take photos in public places is under attack. Until now, in most countries in Europe you were safe to take and publish photographs that are taken from public ground: a law called “Freedom of Panorama”. When you’re on holiday, you can take a photo from the London Eye and share it with your friends on Facebook.… (Read More)

In praise of rangefinder cameras

I first tried a rangefinder camera – one with a little glass window in the corner of the camera – back in 2007. I found an Olympus 35 RC at a camera fair for about Fr. 20 and tried it out on a trip to London. I liked the feeling of using it, but it was… (Read More)

New Street Parade gallery added

On this grey weekend, I’ve continued with extensions to the website by adding a new gallery page for photos from Zurich’s Street Parade.

Incomplete without consumerism

I spent a couple of days in London in June, primarily to spend time taking documentary photographs on the streets I used to pound when I lived in England. One of the things which strikes me is how so many things seem to be commercialized by supermarkets: from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to the simple… (Read More)

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It’s not about the tool you use

Pro photographer Zack Arias is thrown down the challenge of taking street portraits using nothing but a point-and-shoot camera and an optically-triggered second flash gun. Zack’s ebullient approach and the results we see towards the end of the film show that photography isn’t about using really expensive equipment.

Point and shoot (or as near as it gets)

Back at the end of 2010, I began a much-researched hunt for a new camera; the successor to the D80 which had served me well until then. As part of my research, I’d looked at small interchangeable lens cameras like the GF1 and Olympus PEN, but had decided against them due to the (for me)… (Read More)

Zermatt’s Famous Goats

For six weeks in the summer every year, young children under the watchful eye of a more experienced adult lead the local half brown, half white goats through the streets of Zermatt twice a day.