Thursday, September 1

Bath Photography Walk/Workshop with Paul Russell, Saturday 1 October

[EDIT: as of 6 September, five of the six places are filled; one place remains]

This is a practical introduction to street photography suitable for beginners/intermediates, given by well-known street photographer Paul Russell (www.paulrussell.info).

It takes the form of an informal walk and discussions around the compact, Georgian city of Bath Spa (with around 3.5 hours walking/shooting and 1.5 hours sitting/discussion).

We will be attempting observational, candid street photography in the tradition of Cartier-Bresson and Garry Winogrand. This will involve taking candid photos – not asking people for portraits. Participants should bring a digital camera so we can preview photos on the day.

Prior to the day, I will review your photos and give some advice on how I think your photography might be improved, and on the day we will try to achieve that.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Spotting possible photo opportunities
  • How to take interesting photos including people, without using a telephoto
  • Methods for overcoming photographers block
  • The importance of having themes in mind when shooting
  • How to be discreet using body language/demeanour
  • Street photography camera techniques, e.g. zone focusing
  • Learning to anticipate and make the most of interesting situations.

The most interesting photos from the day will be displayed together online to provide a psychogeographic profile of Bath…

Date: Saturday 1 October 2016, 12 to 5 pm
A maximum of six participants. Price: £45

Contact paul@paulrussell.info if you have any questions or just book using debit or credit card with the button at the very bottom of this post.

About Paul Russell
I am one of 46 international photographers profiled in Thames & Hudson’s Street Photography Now book (the other photographers profiled include Martin Parr and Bruce Gilden).

I am a member of the In-Public street photography collective (www.in-public.com), and my work has been collected by the Museum of London. And … I am a former resident of Bath who shoots there regularly…

Please be wary of the growing number of street photography workshops given by people who like to take walks/workshops, but have scant credentials or track record in the genre!

Price: £45. Contact paul@paulrussell.info to book/further details.

Photo: Paul Russell, Bath Spa planks

Photo: Paul Russell, Bath Spa dog

Photo: Paul Russell, Bath Spa booth

Photo: Paul Russell, Bath Spa mannequins

Photo: Paul Russell, Bath Spa sightseeing

Photo: Paul Russell, Bristol ladies

Monday, August 29

Street photography from July 2016 - photos from Weymouth, Wareham, Swanage, The New Forest Show and London

And now, some of my street photography from July this year. The photos were taken in Weymouth, Wareham, Swanage, The New Forest Show and London (that).

Clicking on the photos may give you larger versions or a slideshow, depending on your set-up...

[1, caption: London, bubble wrap, street photography]

[2, caption: London, hi-vis, security]

[3, caption: London, bus, bikes, street photography]

[4, caption: London, violin, busker, tourist]

[5, caption: Swanage, prom, beach huts, seaside street photography]

[6, caption: Swanage, seagull, photographing, seaside, beach]

[7, caption: Weymouth, seagull, detectorist, seaside street photography, beach, shore]

[8, caption: Wareham carnival, Wessex majorettes]

[9, caption: countryside, nice horse]

[10, caption: Wareham, scarecrows]

[11, caption: Wareham, swing]

[12, caption: sheep, judging, New Forest Show]

[13, caption: dogs, lead, New Forest Show]
[14, caption: flower tent, New Forest Show]

Monday, August 8

Street photography from June 2016 - photos from Weymouth, Bridport and London

And now, some of my photos from June this year from Weymouth, Bridport, West Bay and that London.

Clicking on the photos may provoke larger versions or a slideshow, depending on your set-up.

[1, caption: Weymouth, beach, cagoule, seaside]

[2, caption: West Bay, dog in a box, shelter, promenade, seaside, street photography]

[3, caption: West Bay, crash helmets, embrace, wall, seaside]

[4, caption: Weymouth, cycle helmet, crows, beach, seaside street photography]

[5, caption: Bridport, dogs, cone, waiting, car, garage]

[6, caption: Bridport, cows, photography, van]

[7, caption: London, street photography, busker, cone, embrace]

[8, caption: umbrella, Oxford Street, street photography]

[9, caption: Great Newport Street, Cliff Richard, newspaper, steps]

Saturday, August 6

Photos from my Brighton Street Photography Walk/Workshop on 14 May

UPDATE: If you are interested in a similar walk/workshop in Bath Spa on Saturday 1 October 2016 (and maybe the Saturday before), please drop me a line!

And here's a sampling of photos from participants on the street photography walk/workshop I held in Brighton earlier this year.

Angelo Gifford (I don't think anyone else encountered this character, which is odd as we didn't stray too far from each other)

Adrian Turner, who has a blog at www.onceperday.co.uk and was kind enough to give me a copy of his book Commonplace

Sam Gozna

Martin Smith

Angelo Gifford

Adrian Turner

Martin Smith

Angelo Gifford

Adrian Turner (I think everyone took a photo of her)

Adrian Turner

Postscript
I carried out the day as a sort of experiment, as I've been asked to do a few workshops in the past by organisations and conferences. (I've said "no", partly because once the organisers have taken their 50%, it seems like quite a costly day for participants.) In particular, I concentrated on some techniques I use for kickstarting inspiration and overcoming "photographers block".

I thought it went quite well, although I could immediately see how a future session could be improved by having more clearly specified goals. Also, due to circumstances beyond my control, I was severely sleep deprived on a day when I really needed my wits about me... But the other two uncontrollable variables - travel and weather - were on our side, so I can't really complain.

I would be interested in doing this again - but somewhere closer to my home in Weymouth, especially as the daytrip commute of 8 hours to Brighton (on a good day) is not feasible in the current climate of Southern Trains chaos.

Saturday, July 30

Street photography from May 2016 - Brighton, Bath, Bournemouth and Bridport

This month I only travelled to places beginning with B - Brighton, Bath, Bournemouth and Bridport. I sneaked in a few from my home turf of Weymouth, of course. (There are also Weymouth Kite Festival and Brit Valley dog show photos that I need to go through properly.)

Clicking on the photos may provoke larger versions/a slideshow, depending on your set-up.

[no. 1, caption: Brighton bus stop, street photography, Magic Wigglee type thing]

[no. 2, caption: Bath, LOL, WTF, knees, teens]

[no. 3, caption: Bath, waiting room, mirror, Las Meninas goes wrong]

[no. 4, caption: Bath, tourists, Sally Lunn's, bus, street photography, rain]

[no. 5, caption: Bath, spring onions, tree, station]

[no. 6, caption: Weymouth, seagull, seaside, beach]

[no. 7, caption: Weymouth, legs, seaside, pipe, tube]

[no. 8, caption: Weymouth, crazy golf, beach, seaside, street photography]

[no. 9, caption: Bournemouth, cones, promenade]

[no. 10, caption: Bridport, West Bay, dog show]

[no. 11, caption: Bridport, West Bay, dog show, judging]

Next up - photos from participants in the Brighton Street Photo Workshop that I ran in May...