I love a pane of glass, a mirror, bus shelter, revolving door, a glass elevator as well as tubes, routemasters and cabs or why not a plastic partition on a street food or market stall.
These are the windows to the soul of the street which shows those little snapshots and stories with the fabulous addition of reflections of what is going on around and giving the scene in question a natural frame. If you are really lucky there will sometimes be some condensation, droplets and trails of rain to add texture and dimension to the image and with a bit of back light there might be some strong shadows and silhouettes or the skies and clouds to show in a layer as well.
It is so satisfying to capture people in an intimate moment with the show of emotions, it being a hug, kiss or a handshake, an argument or a tear, laughter and joy. Somebody enjoying a solitary coffee, looking out on the world beyond whilst soul searching. Waiting for a friend, partner or maybe a blind date to turn up.
Fine dining, piece of cake or a dirty kebab after the pub has closed. A retail window being dressed or maybe cleaned or it might also just be someone sitting by a window and accidently catching your eye as you are walking past with the camera.
We also have all the commuters on buses, trains, tubes and in cabs getting from A to B on their way out for a night on the tiles, on the way home from work to a loved one or en route to work.
The immense satisfaction from seeing a beam of light wash over somebody’s face or arm, maybe not a person, just whispers of shadows and outlines or the light being so amazing all you can see in the window are the reflections of what is going on behind you so a completely different story told.
One street leading from one to another with all the changing windows and doors to look through. With people walking in and out in a steady stream having arrived from all means of life and transport.
Nothing ever slowing down, just the light, shadows, reflections and clientele changing depending on what time of day it is. How are they feeling, what has happened, are they happy or sad, upbeat or tired?
I treasure these little snippets of life that I capture through the windows of the street and Ijust want more.
Until next time,