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.
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