Ah summer days !
One of my pet hates when walking the streets is being obliged to move out the way for souls who are eyes down on their mobile phones…. in fact I dislike the world’s obsession with mobile phones in general. OK OK they are useful on occasion but why the need to check whatever it is they check every minute or two beats me, …and that is probably why I’ve adopted ‘Straggler’ as my nom de guerre.
My dear wife described this snap as “gross but good, just like all your others” which I take as a big compliment, usually she says’ oh my god’ or words to that effect. In my view photography is often used to beautify the ugly whereas I somehow manage to uglify everything. This is outside the labour party conference a few weeks back hence the river of Jeremy Corbyn badges on the ground,
Last week before the clocks change and we’re plunged into darkness for the winter months. For me now on that means it’s night time sorties with the flash gun, which doesn’t make for inconspicuous snapping, one hit is all you get ! Halloween and bonfire night generally produce a few results but after that it’s rather barren till spring returns.
Of course there is the ever changing street art scene which I’m constantly on the look out for. I don’t what the image above was all about but it did make me smirk.
If you’re around and about London Road, Brighton in the next two weeks, head int the Open Market and you’ll find my recently dusted down ‘We love to Boogie” snaps on display… then take your clothes off and dance around naked for a couple of minutes.. you’ll feel so much better.
As James Brown once said ” the one thing that can solve our problems is dancing”. He didn’t say anything about doing it in the raw but I’m sure he’d approve.
This one was taken about a month ago by the now weather beaten Brighton ‘kissing wall’, it is in fact a hen party larking around rather some symbolic lesbian ritual. Nice tones all through, no annoying sky or 21st century clutter to distract the eye, enough going on to hold your interest and ask yourself what’s happening here. It needs the girl in the foreground otherwise it would look staged. I was pleased with this one, it serves my purposes well.
Well that’s Pride over with for another year and Brighton starts clearing up.. It’s a very happy hunting ground for me, every little street corner yields something that is worthy of a snap, the trick is to try and make it look the everyday. I probably managed a 100 photos in 2 days (which is a lot for me using film) and if 3 of them are any good I’ll be more than happy, I think my criteria for good is somewhat different to some of the ones I’ve seen on the internet. I’ll put some of the results on my somewhat neglected blog in the next week or so.