The more I engage in this activity, the more I am feeling and hearing the voice of the streets. The great photographer Jay Maisel said to go out totally "empty". Don't have a fixed plan of what to shoot, let the image come to you. Be open, receptive and ready.
In my training in the field of personal development, one of the things my tutor continually stressed is to come from "nothing" and give "everything". I am amazed how this teaching has crossed over into my studies in photography.
With no agenda in mind, I caught the images that spoke to me.
This empty bicycle stand tells a story. London has become so accessible for people wanting to get around quickly and efficiently. Who is riding this bike? What time will they be back? I wonder what sort of day this person has had?
As soon as I saw this, I was down on one knee and took the shot - it spoke to me immediately. The person who left this empty can here could have been on a mobile phone and in too much of a hurry to put their trash in the bin. The can looks almost regal the way it is perched on top of the trash can.
The Paddington Basin Regeneration project is looking good. In the next year or so it will be a spectacular site if this image is anything to go.
I took this shot almost lying on my back to get a good perspective.
Bryan Peterson is famous for putting himself into positions which could be classified as undignified in order to get the shot. I now understand what this feels like because I was shooting today with my prime lens 50mm.
This is a good lens for street work, it makes you earn the shot - there is no zooming, plenty of leg work to frame the composition while maintaining good photographic form.
These last two shots form part of a statue outside St.Mary's Hospital - intriguing.
©Mike Vincent Photography 2015