This is the first video in our new series where we go to as many UK cities as we can and film parts of them. We want to show some parts of the city that people (mainly tourists) maybe won’t go to. This is also the first time I’ve done any city filming, I’ve already found areas where I can improve my filming for next time, and I’ve also started trying new things during the editing process. Next time, we’ll visit Liverpool.
On Tuesday TJ and I went to Manchester to shoot a short film about, Manchester. which you will be able to find on the Short lane Studios YouTube channel once it becomes available. While we were there I took some photography, street photography… taking this to the streets shooting… photographs.
I do have a passion for street photography; I find pictures in this style to be the most honest and natural. We live in an age where everyone has a camera, where anyone can manipulate a representation of themselves and environment in order to build a façade. Street photography eliminates this self-edit, where the mask slips and we obtain a glimpse of an accurate representation of a person and their environment.
The only problem with street photography is that you have to be a confident photographer. It takes a lot of confidence to take a strangers photograph, which I must admit I struggle with. What if a person objects to their photograph being taken? What if you offend someone? I try to be as unobtrusive as I possibly can, blending in with the environment. I mean, my objective is to take the most natural photographs I can, isn’t it?
Though we walked across the city centre my favourite place was the Northern Quarter. I love how old and unkempt it is, rough around the ages and a bit claustrophobic. It is an area also surrounded by some beautiful graffiti artwork and home to some great music venues and independent businesses.
Here is a collection of the photographs from Manchester. They were taken using a Canon 700d and a 50mm f1.8 lens.