The final image is the only one of the project not taken in Glasgow. Taken on a cold night with more rain, I saw this, rushed back to get my camera and huddled in a shop doorway to get out of the rain.
I am intrigued when I spot things left behind. The hidden story that I’ll never know.
One of the limitations I set for the project was no post processing. I set the colour simulation to match Fuji Pro 400H (My favourite negative film) and whatever I captured, I was stuck with. I liked the idea of taking a more analogue approach to a digital camera. The Fujifilm X-E2 has proved to be the perfect tool. One of the things I’ve grown to love about the X-E2 is the quality of the jpeg’s coming straight out of the camera.
This image highlights both the limitations and the advantages of the approach. (I’ve blurred out the licence plates for t’interwebs, but the one I submitted was left alone.) Ideally I would have cropped in tighter to the woman, but it was raining hard and I was soaked and just wanted to get inside and warm and dry, so this was a very quick grab shot. Normally I would have cropped it in post, but doing that would have been cheating. The one thing that strikes me though is just how punchy the colours are and the mood you get from the wet tarmac and the street lights. The more I shoot with the X-E2, the more I wonder why I bother shooting Raw files anymore. (I still do though, because old habits die hard!)
For this years photography project, I went with a street photography one, based around the idea of the flâneur. A flâneur was a stroller commonly found in Victorian London or the Parisian Arcades and has become synonymous with observing and documenting the urban environment. The initial idea was to explore ideas of isolation in the urban environment, but it became less about that and more about becoming a flâneur.
The first image (as are the next three) was taken in Glasgow and I like how these two are happily and comfortably reading instead of talking to each other. Lost in their own worlds for a moment.