Monday, September 1

Street photographers – the saturated streets of London

I was walking down Villiers Street towards the Strand on Saturday when a couple of elderly American (I guess) tourists passed by me. Big glasses, loads of character, wearing coats despite the summer heat and humidity. I thought to myself – "they look like they've stepped out of a Bruce Gilden picture".

I turned round with the vague thought of getting a picture of them, when that instant a man steps up with a camera and off-board flash, crouches a little and zaps them from close up – just like Gilden.

They seemed completely unfazed by the experience.

I took the photo below a few seconds afterwards. The elderly American tourists are not featured - I thought they'd been photographed enough for one day.


Villiers Street.

4 comments:

Martin Amis said...

Sure it wasnt the great man himself? How are you finding street photography in London, Paul? I've only tried a handful of times, but am never that happy with the results.

Paul Russell said...

Hi Martin

This photographer was, I'd say, in his mid-30s and with long curly hair. So, definitely not Gilden!

London is quite a trek for me up from Dorset on the train, so I only get up to photograph for a day most months. But in terms of success rate per hours spent wandering around, it's my favourite location.

BennehBoy said...

Keep an eye out on flickr dude :D

Paul Russell said...

Ben - no sign of it yet...