Summer 2016 and the UK is about to decided if we stay or leave the European Union.
If was the topic conversation for millions of people in pubs , clubs , at home , at work , on the bus , social media was awash with people's opinions right or wrong everyone had a view. You couldn't switch on the radio or the television without hearing about it. We was overloaded with information probably to much information.
As we was building up to the day that Briton went to the polls i decided to set myself a challenge . How could i sum up the referendum in one image?
I had a few ideas but it would take time to find the right location with the right subject which is all fine but with street photography anything can happen and sometimes nothing does happen.
Whilst out and about in Manchester one late afternoon i was strolling around the Northern Quarter watching people leave work to go home or meet up with friends. With the referendum image on my mind i found myself at the bottom of this alleyway and i spotted the sign at the top and i thought this would be a good place to get my picture as it had that "in-out" scenario that i had been looking for and no sooner had i thought it then this gentlemen walked into the frame as i raised my camera he looked towards me and everything was spot on. His step was perfect there was no one else in the frame no cars passing as i pressed the shutter i knew i had it.
I think most Street Photographers have a Signature Image and this one is mine.
I was having one of them days where nothing was coming off. I was missing targets by seconds and i was finding myself in the right place at the wrong time . After a few hours of walking around and nothing to show for it i decided to hang around the Metro Stop in Piccadilly and see if i could get a passenger on the tram but after 10-15 minutes I was going to call it a day and i said to myself "just one more tram and that's it" ... 8 trams later i was still there! Then the one i had been waiting for arrived , as it stopped the sun was now behind me and i spotted this Lady sat in the window. The light was just about right and she had the look of a proper character which made it even better. As i moved towards the window knowing i only had seconds to take the shot before the tram moved off. I raised the camera hoping for a reaction, at first she looked away, she then turned back raised a little smile and just before the tram moved off she flicked the V's and smiled again. You can see my reflection in the image and i'm grinning from ear to ear knowing that the day had not been wasted after all.