Taking portraits of strangers by Sean tucker ft. Gabrielle motola

Portrait photography has always been something I've been interested in for a long time. Especially portraits that document the changing faces of a community. Portrait photography has also scared me. The thought of getting up close and connecting with stranger and asking them to take their photo.

Watching this video interview with Gabrielle has given me a new incite into portrait photography..if you're lie me I'd strongly recommend you watch this.


I succumbed to the power of the Tate and became one of those Tate Modern photographers.

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Photographers Don't Retire, They Just Keep On Going

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Knowing when…

Knowing when to work in black and white can take time during during the post production or even while about to take the shot. I always shoot RAW and occasionally shoot black and white straight from the camera. Sometimes you can visualize your shot in black and white but most of the time when it comes out black and white doesn't really work. Don't worry. Just because a photo doesn't look good in black and white doesn't mean it looks good in colour.

Even though black and white looks cool/retro and vintage, don't feel you have to convert because it's common.

New Year. New Gear

We finally made it to 2019. Sadly Trump is still in office and Brexit is still Brexit. Alas these things won't spoil my love for photography.

In November 2018 I recently bought my second camera during the back Friday sales. The camera which just happened to be a full frame mirrorless, Sony A7 with a 50mm kit lens included at a then price of £679 (with £150 cashback). Definitely my bargain purchase of 2018. 

I haven't completely switched from Fuji to Sony. I still like the small X-E1 and I will continue to use as my second camera option. After a month and a few weeks using Alana (I named the A7 Alana) I can say I am amazed of what this old camera can do.  

Here are just a few shots:


Edited Crop: 50mm, F1.8, ISO640, 1/60 sec

Edited: 50mm, ISO4000, F2.0, 1/160 sec

Edited Crop: 50mm, ISO100, F1.8, 1/1250sec

Edited Crop: 50mm, ISO160 F4.0, 1/60ec

Edited: 50mm, ISO1600, F2.0, 1/160sec

Edited Crop: 50mm ISO1600, F2.8, 1/160sec

Edited Black and white: 50mm, ISO100, F1.8, 1/1250sec

It's odd but the purchase of Alana came at the right time as I once again had that slump in photographic creativity.   

This year I will be adding 3 bits of gear to my current setup. I'll be getting a 35mm AF samyang lens, peak design cuff wrist strap and a lens adapter for my manual focus lens.   

Stay tuned. You can follow me on Instagram for more of my photo's with Alana.  

Street Photography: Night Shots, Tower Hill

Here are a some of the first ever shots I've taken with my Fuji X-E1 at Night time. 

For a long time I've been trying to work a lot on my day time shooting. Tonight felt like a good time to try out a.few other the night settings.  



Fujifilm X-E1, XF 27mm F2.8 Lens.

ISO 200. 27mm, f/2.8, 1/4 sec. 



Fujifilm X-E1, XF27mm, F2.8

ISO 200, 27mm, f/2.8




Fujifilm X-E1 XF27mm

ISO 1600, f/2.8

Street photography: Fashion Street, London.

Just a few shots I took a few weeks back during another hot summer's day in London. 



27mm F2.8 lens: 1/350sec f/11.0 ISO200 

If you're a fan of graffiti then you'll enjoy taking a walk down the streets of East London. These shots were taken down Fashion Street.  


1/550 f/16 ISO800 - taken in colour and post in black and white. 



1/140 sec f/5.6 ISO400 

Photography. In particular street has made me more aware of my surroundings. I'm constantly picking out/framing up scenes in my head  



1/350 sec f/9 ISO200 



1/125 f/5.6 ISO200 

Last Week

Few more shots from last... two from the Canvey Island Carnival (yes we have a carnival!) 


Canvey Island Carnival

Canvey Island Carnival

Canvey Island Carnival

Canvey Island Carnival


Working reflection

Street Photography: Medway

This weekend I decided to get out of London and head to.the Kent coast. Randomly I decided it was going to be Medway, Gillingham where I was to spend the night. Below are the shots I took during my time there.





Dingy - I took this in colour, I decided to process this in monochrome. It gave it that world war/Dunkirk feel to the image. 


Another boat

No boats this time. I particularly like this shot. It was the Joker style looking bus stop that got my attention.  I decided to wait for my subject and within 5 mins she arrived. 

Pretty glad I it set on continuous shooting. This was the last frame from shot. Which I later converted it into monochrome. 

Shot on iPhone 7 Plus 

For awhile now I thought i was never going to get out and shoot again. I think the night away from London did the trick on this occasion. 

All images on this blog were taken on the Fujifilm X-E1 - Auto Chinon 50mm F1.7  

Creative Block

Apparently this happens even with photographers. It's been a while now since I last got out with the camera. Every day I felt like going out with camera to take more photos I felt like I encountered obstacles. Whether it be the weather, light situation or the lack of energy. They were all too high a hurdle to get over. 

I think I've found the solution in two books. One about street photography the other a book assignment on photography. Both so far have given me some inspiration to kick start me again. 

Below are a few of the last shots I took before the BLOCK!

Fujifilm X-E1 - Canary Wharf

I imagine alot of people think that by simply slapping on the black and White "filter" it will automatically improve their shot. In fact I was one of them. 

I learnt to spend a lot more time with the photos I've taken. Making sure the composition is right or faffing about with the drop the

Fujimfilm X-E1 Note, Canary Wharf

Old man I spotted looking for something before he crossed the road.

I Switched...

It's been a while since my last post. During that time I made the decision to up my photography game. In doing so I made the switch from LUMIX G cameras to Fujifilm.  

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Life At Brave

It all came from one photo. 

A series of black and White photos of the guys and girls I work with at Brave.

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Tinkering with highlights. 

A collection of what I think are good examples of highlights being used in.

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Tube Shots

Commuting seems to be my life at the moment. In fact, 4 hours of my day is spent commuting. Thanks to today's technology and yesterday's media (The Newspapers) makes the commute almost bearable. However, I believe we do miss out on life because we don't stop and look.

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Street Photography: Lafayette St, New York

This has got to be one ofy favourite black and white photos I've taken to date. In fact it was probably THE photo that spurred my further interest into street photography and perhaps exploring more into black and white photography.

One of my favourite photographers is world renowned Garry Winogrand. Every time I look at the photo I took it kind of reminds me of the sort of work he did. That is of course my personal opinion but would love to know what you think. 


Shot on iPad Mini 2.

Comparing the two you'd think the top picture was perhaps taken around the late 60s early 70s. When in fact it was taken in November 2014. 


The screenshot shows Lafayette Street as it is today but taken from a different angle. Lafayette St, New York

When Opportunity knocks...

You've got to take it, and tonight I did just that. Below are two main subjects I took whilst on my way home. 

The Dark Stare

I follow a lot of creative photographers who always seem to be at the right place, the right time getting shots like a dogs head on top of a human. Alas that day finally came to me and I took it. 


iPhone 7 Plus

As I looked to my left I saw opportunity once again knocking.

iPhone 7 Plus

iPhone 7 Plus

After some more tweaking and experimenting...

iPhone 7 Plus

Playing With Light: Golden Hour

It's all about the light...  

As a keen photographer, relatively late on to the scene.  I keep hearing/seeing the word golden hour. For those who don't know, golden hour is a period shortly after sunrise or before sunset during which daylight is redder and softer.  

The photo below was taken a few hours just before golden hour. I did have to manipulate the image slightly, drop the exposure, play around with hue, in order to get this image  I Just wish it wasn't so cold today otherwise I'd have stayed to get a better shot. 

Taken on iPhone 7 plus, ISO 20, Focal length 3.99mm, Exposure 1/640 sec f/1.8