Trip to Sheffield yesterday. I needed to get out. It’s been a difficult last few weeks. There were a couple of things I wanted to check out and this was a good opportunity. and take in some street work at the same time. I parked where I always park just off Bramall Lane, the home of Sheffield United FC, my team, and walked up through the centre of Sheffield. First stop was the Hungry Bhudda in the new Castle Market; traditional Nepalese food like you’ve never tasted before. Unfortunately I wasn’t hungry, my guts have been in crisis just lately but it did look good.
I’m trying to alter my street shooting approach. I’m wanting to engage with and attempt a more portraiture mode of operating. Approaching subjects, having a conversation albeit briefly and making an image. It doesn’t do to stand still in your photography practise. There’s only so many ‘men standing looking bored outside shops’ images you can take ? I’m enjoying the results so far.
Second port of call was the gloriously named clothing outlet Clobbercalm down at Kelham Island. A wonderful retail space you could just stand in for a while and take in. Great looking denim orientated clothing at prices beyond my purse but I sure would love a pair of Redwing Boots.
I’ve had one of those emails. It goes like this;
Good afternoon!!!How are you today???
I view your profile and you to me steel interesting….
I would like to learn you as it is possible closer..
I have decided to write to you.. I can inform also that I the pleasant and good-looking girl with good sense of humour..
I like different a kind of sports, I like to float in pool..
I also send you the photo, Inform me as receive it, Okey..?
I want to find the person worthy, decent for warm attitudes…
With impatience I shall wait for your letter….
She’ll have to have a good sense of humour to get involved with me. I see she likes to “float in pool”. Interesting !
It’s been an interesting and memorable past three weeks. I’ve witnessed at first hand the power of shopping and just how resilient people can be when it comes to the act of shopping and the crap people can be persuaded that they need to make that perfect Christmas here in the UK.
It’s bloody strange times we’re living in isn’t it ? The Internet has opened up whole new and immediate avenues for us to explore hasn’t it. Masses and masses of information instantly available to us. More photos are being taken now than at any time before. Truth in photography is as slippery and ambiguous as it’s ever been. It’s getting to the stage where we can’t trust information that is being presented to us. We’re getting to the stage where we don’t know what’s Fake News and what’s Real. The past is catching up and merging with the present and the future like some giant tsunami. People would rather peer into their mobile phone screens than engage with the immediate world about them and people are not less anxious they’re more.
So what do we do ? How do we cope ? Somehow we have to hold on tightly to a sense of reality. Enjoy the here and now. Be kind and warm and sincere to those about us. Do not let ourselves be influenced by those who would wish to do us harm or us do harm on others.
I collect images. I am a collector of images. When I have a camera in my hand I become a photographer. I see something in front of me, something catches my eye and I respond to it. Subconsciously I think that’s interesting and maybe I can make an image, and so I do so. Why I do this is probably not so easy to explain. Maybe it’s a simple desire to record and by doing so I’m trying to make sense of the world I’m living in. My time is now. Right now. The moment is here. It will never happen exactly like this ever again. By capturing the present I hope to be able to make sense of the past and in turn predict the future. The future becomes the present. The present becomes the past. We are constantly stuck in the present, a void between the past and the future.