As a candid street photographer you have to be alive to photos presenting themselves anyplace at anytime. After all, street photos don’t come along all nicely packaged and ready to snap.
Because of this I always have a camera with me, be it my Ricoh GR compact digital camera or simply my iPhone. In fact, renowned street photographer, Jeff Mermelstein, considers the smartphone camera to be the ultimate snapshot camera available.
So there I was out and about shopping yesterday, on my local high street in Wallington, South London, when this little moment presented itself. With just my iPhone on me I snapped off a couple of shots, with this particular frame – with the woman raising her hand beside the discarded child’s shoe – being my favourite.
Being alive and alert to photo moments happening anytime, is something I bring into my natural wedding reportage photography. So street photography is how I keep my photography skills honed and instinctive.