I had a conversation with my mother today about the different charities we supported. We both agreed to do a bit more for our childrens charities. When I was walking back from Baker Street and met James today in Marylebone Station. He works for the a Charity called Healing UK. His day started at 06.00 am and finishes late afternoon - I admired his commitment. James and I had a very interesting conversation about his work for the Charity. He was gracious and very friendly, I like him.
The Charity raises money for people and disadvantaged children. They also fund health care treatment for people with life challenges and threatening conditions. Treament like reflexology and massage can make a big difference to our quality of life, consider how much of a difference it would make to someone who needs this treatment and yet cannot afford the cost. The Charity's work is based on paying qualified therapists a community rate and they will also initially fund a course of treatments for each individual.
Do check out the Charity website: www.healinguk.org
When I reached Clifton Gardens, I noticed this sign - Save The Children. I stopped because, conversation with my mother about doing more to support children came to mind when I saw this sign. It was like the universe communicating with me. I went inside and spoke to two lovely ladies Sasha and Heather.
I learnt that their charity is called Save The Children.
With the news constantly bombarding us with information about the well being of children, my experience today has got me present to the great work being done by volunteers and that there is still a lot more work to be done.
This was great fun - when I saw this I got out my camera and started shooting, what a great photographic opportunity. The team from I Talk to Strangers are a fantastic bunch of guys and gals who are promoting the notion that there is no need to be afraid to talk to someone you don't know. This spoke to me because of my 100 Strangers Project.
Hugging is the most natural experience in the world - it reminds us that we as humans need and crave the feeling of being valued, appreciated and loved by another. It is an important facet of our well -being. This initiative is a wonderful example of what happens when we as a community get past our opinions and judgements and embrace "literally" our fellow man, woman and furry beast. LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS and it all begins with a little of HUGGIN...
I have experienced a breakthrough in Street Photography - shooting in "stealth mode".
I am really inspired by the notion of Street Portraits, where by engaging in conversation with total strangers, I can come away with a great shot and having made a connection with a fellow human being.
Shooting Street Photography in the style of Henri Cartier Bresson is another matter. Capturing the moments that communicate a story is quite compelling and somewhat addictive. I can say my images evoked a strong feeling in me prior to taking the shot. I am allowing this emotion to guide all of my street work.
Take a look at this first shot:
This was taken from the "hip" - I like the fact that the shot cropped off both heads, it allows for you the viewer to add your own face to the story just from the body language.
This was too good to pass up - they may have been in doors because as I observed, they were in their own little world of "comfort and safety"
I am really drawn to still life shots - I can feel the presence of life. A simple shot of a Bicycle and yet, a simple question for me, "Where is the owner?"
This is quite an adventure - camera in hand and allowing the shot to come to me, to speak, to me to compel me to shoot.
To be continued.
©Mike Vincent Photography 2015