Procrastinating on writing the blog has its upsides. Like actually doing things on the list. Including signing up for a long-overdue 21st birthday present: a photography course.
The excellent City Lit in London has a number of courses: I opted for Photographing Place & Space. In our first project we had to photograph a place we knew well and one we didn’t know at all. Here’s are my favourites from my ‘unknown place’ (I chose Cardigan in West Wales).
Photographing Brixton, which I know very well, was harder. One of the best things about living in a city is being able to observe anonymously. After taking a shot of a row of shops on Atlantic Road from across the street, a man approached me immediately, demanding to know why I was taking a photo of him. I hadn’t actually noticed him in the shot but the encounter made me feel visible and a little vulnerable (and I guess my photographing him had the same effect on him). Suitably chastised, I found that asking stallholders directly if I could photograph their stalls a much more rewarding experience; not only is it impossible to observe without being involved but being involved is a lot more fun. Here are some pics in and around Brixton Village.
Needless to say if you have spotted yourself/your shop and want the pic taken down, get in touch!