I don’t want you to think I make a habit of this – taking photos of women in their undies. I came across this scene in Soho one evening. I think it must have been a promotion or a pop up shop opening.
Two women were sitting on a giant turntable in the window.
Looking through windows in Soho again. I took this about 6 weeks ago and initially dismissed it on first review. But looking through that shoot again, I had a change of heart. I like the mystery of this shot. We can see that two men are talking to each other but both their faces are obscured by parts of the window. It think it makes for a more interesting shot than if I’d managed to get both their faces in the shot – which, incidentally, I didn’t!
On an all night shoot in Soho recently, I got these shots of bikes – with bikers and rickshaw cyclists taking a rest, stopping for a chat, and lining up outside Ronnie Scotts. I don’t know what the occasion was for all the bikers outside Ronnie Scotts but I liked this image for the chatting couple in the middle. The man is clearly very interested in the woman. I love the expression on his face.
Indulge me here! Okay. I know it isn’t London. But it is where Londoners come to play on a sunny Saturday afternoon in August. It’s Southend. I went there with other Londoners on Saturday and bumped into yet more Londoners I knew who’d also had the same idea! It’s amazing who you meet in the fish and chip queue on Southend seafront.
Watching the Punch and Judy on the pier.
I was leaning over the railings, trying to get a shot back down the rail tracks and I heard “Cheeeeese”. The smallest boy had spotted my camera and was posing for me!
I took the photo below at about 12.30. It was very hot. People were looking for shade. I came by again an hour or so later and she’d taken off her jacket and headscarf.
The train back down the pier was very crowded.
Southend isn’t all seafront. There’s a town centre too! I used to come to Southend to get my hair cut as a teenager because the best hairdresser in Essex was in Southend.
This teenager was a virtuoso on the violin.
In my travels around London with my camera, I’ve been trying to get good shots of barbershops and hairdressers. I seem to see the shot when I’m too far away or at the wrong angle or with people in the way and by the time I get the shot, the moment has passed. I finally nailed one! I like this scene simply because of the amount of activity going on in it.
This man caught my eye in Knightsbridge on Friday evening. He was very animated. And standing there with his white shirt that he’d obviously just picked up from the dry cleaners, he stood out. It wasn’t until I looked at the photos when I got home that I realised I had captured him at a moment when everyone else, including the traffic, had their backs to me. It makes him look quite isolated.