Losing the Groove.

I think most if not all Street Photographers "Lose their Groove" at some point and this blockage of creativity can last for days or weeks and at this moment in time  i'm in that situation.

I can only speak of my own experience and it can be frustrating when you are out on the street and nothing is happening . I like to call it "Right Place - Wrong Time Syndrome" 

I can find myself questioning what i'm doing  and i can easily forget the real reason i do street photography. Maybe i'm too critical of my work ,maybe i'm looking to hard and should try and keep it simple. But what ever it is it can be disabling especially when you are gripped with this self doubt.

So how do i get myself back "Into the Groove" ?

The first thing is to have a break from the street for a few days and recharge the creative batteries and spend some time going over images from previous street walks that i have done , i have found loads of little gems that i forgot i had.

Pick up your favourite photography book and sit down with a coffee and really study the images , look at the colours ,the composition and the style of photography. My 2 favourite books for inspiration are Bruce Davidson's Subway & Ernst Haas Colour Correction.

Use your camera around the house - I like taking portraits of my son using different techniques like flash , playing with the  camera settings and trying something different to get the creative juices flowing again.

Limit the use of social media !! For me i can find this even more of a distraction as it can put that little seed of doubt into my head when i see all these wonderful images from exotic places and i'm sat at home watching the rain pour down in Manchester.

Listen to Photography podcasts- I'm a massive fan of the candid frame podcast presented by the wonderful Ibarionex Perello . For me this is the best photography podcast out there. - http://www.ibarionex.net/thecandidframe/

Plan a trip to another city. You can get stuck in a rut shooting the same streets day in day out , i know we all can't afford expensive trips abroad but i recently booked a flight to Brussels for £38, so it can be done on a budget. Fly out on the first flight and come back the same day on the last flight.. Or take a train to your nearest City and get lost in the streets.

Losing your Groove is never permanent and it always passes but its what you do while your stuck that matters.

Portrait of my Son using Flash.

Portrait of my Son using Flash.

 

 

Story behind the Picture #2


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.