As soon as I knew we were doing street photography I was reminded of the master of this genre, Garry Winogrand. Winogrand liked to use a 28mm wide-angle lens on his Leica M4 camera, always looking in the viewfinder to frame his shot rather than shooting from the hip, and often taking a year to process his pictures. Having replicated these basics (apart from the waiting a year to process my pictures), I then went onto the streets and snapped away. I can't say I liked this technique immediately, but I certainly grew to enjoy it more as I walked, taking my pictures. As I finished my session, I noticed a young male photographer who I had passed several times, on the same bridge. We smiled as he changed his roll of film and I wondered what Winogrand would have made of these digital times. I had taken a hundred pictures in just ten minutes and knew there might be just one good one in there, if I was lucky, but I suddenly knew how he must have felt to have got that one good picture. While my own picture isn't a Winogrand, it's a start and I will be trying this technique again. I encourage you to try it, too.
Laura Louise's picture manages to capture that feeling of motion, that moment that makes one wonder what this young man's story is. And the reflection of the wintry tree makes it all the more poignant.
And I'm looking forward to a hopefully more relaxed type of photography next time, in the form of still life.
onward by Laura Louise