Earlier this week I found myself back on my old street photography stomping ground of London town. It was the first time I’d been back since late last year, and with a spare half day to myself, before I headed back to home in Somerset, I whipped out my Ricoh GR3 and hit the streets.
Here are ten street photography frames from those meanderings. You can see more of my work on my street photography website.
It’s that time of year to look back at 2021 and pick my favourite 50 candid street photos of the year.
The year started living through another lockdown in London, limited to just local shopping trips and walks around the local park until March non of which are ideal for street photography! By the end of the year we were living in Weston-super-Mare in North Somerset, wondering when the next lockdown is going to hit, due to the Omicron variant now surging through the UK.
Moving down to Somerset in April I was wondering how that would impact on my street photography – leaving behind the busy urban streets for a more slower pace of life in Weston suggested it may have had a negative impact. However, I needn’t have worried – living in a seaside town brings a whole different subject matter for my lens to document.
From September there were a few monthly trips back to London, which helped add some variety. Although having been to Bristol (my nearest big city now) a number of times, none of those photos made my final fifty – so clearly need to address that in 2022!
Looking back at my favourite 50 street photos, my usual themes are there. There’s humour, some WTF moments, some straight documentary and a bit of the surreal here and there, all documenting how life is and was throughout 2021. So here, in chronological order, are my 50 favourite street photos from the year.
Some days, as a street photographer, it just doesn’t happen. You might not be in the mood or are struggling to get into the zone. There’s nothing happening in front of the camera or not much capturing your eye. It’s just a crap day and you come home with not much or nothing at all.