I have started a Meetup group called London Street Photography, and successfully ran my first one, Decisive Moments in Dalston, on Saturday with an ‘elite’ (translate to ‘small’), group. We met at Dalston Junction Station in the afternoon. The first task was a warm-up – the guys had 15 minutes to bring me a hand! This was to get the blood flowing a bit and get the creative brain engaged. Next time I might shorten the time – make it a bit more challenging! The results were good…
We then discussed the ‘decisive moment’, as coined by Henri Cartier-Bresson, and talked about the importance of ‘working the scene’.
The first project was to look at ‘setting the scene’ and ‘lurking’ on Kingsland Road. We looked at examples of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s work to study how he did this and his use of the ‘rule of thirds’.
The second project took us into Ridley Road market, where we could look at ‘mingling’ with the crowds. Prior to going in we looked at more examples from Henri Cartier-Bresson and how he utilised diagonals and triangles within his compositions. Three really is a magic number!
And finally we had a cup of tea and compared notes and I was really delighted to get some great feedback about the workshop, some of which has been posted on the Meetup page! I really enjoyed the afternoon.
I will be running another Meetup on Saturday 26th September: Street Portraits in Angel. If you are in London I would love to see you there! RSVP now to secure your place (as they say)!!!
Below are my best shots of the afternoon in Dalston…