Some time ago I tried my hand at street photography in Manchester and was surprisingly pleased with the results. So, this Sunday we ventured out again to have another go.
I’m not sure what the official definition of street photography is, but mine is to try and capture something different about a place, especially something about the people. Something that hints at a story.
Manchester city centre is great for this kind of project as there’s so much going on and so much to see. I try to find little moments that might make an interesting picture, preferably moments that make you wonder who the people are and what’s going on in their lives.
I did photograph the buildings as well but I was looking for unusual images, different to the typical postcard shots you see of the familiar landmarks.
Shooting people is tricky, as you don’t want to be insensitive. I’ve seen people who are obviously upset and distressed, but I don’t take their picture as I think that would be too intrusive, though I’m sure the pictures would be interesting.
You want to capture that fleeting moment, but you don’t want the subject to notice you taking the shot as they then become self-conscious and the moment is lost.
I heard some street photographers shoot from the hip, keeping the camera low and aiming instinctively without looking through the viewfinder, but when I tried it the shots were usually of the floor or the sky. Instead, I use a 250mm telephoto lens so I can shoot from a distance.
My approach is similar to a sniper, take the shot and then move on. I hope you like them.