The Odeon Cinema. Setting up for a long exposure of the empty streets when I hear a bus approaching. Clicked. F10, 3.2 secs, 24mm 400 ASA
T-Bone in the new complex. F18, 8 sec ASA100. Zoomed during exposure. I like it.
Homeless Guy. Another guy is collecting his bindle from the alcove behind him. F5.6 1/50th 100 ASA 55mm
Woman with Pram. I used the yellow scaffolding as lead-in lines. F5.6, 1/200, ASA800 @ 105mm Cropped from a Portrait format.
Early morning Barber. F5.6, 1/50th, ASA800 @ 40mm.
Rushing. F4, 1/160, ASA400 24mm.
Cloudy weather ahead. Sun blitzing me from behind. HDR Image. F4.5, various exp. ASA400. 24mm. I like the almost brutal shadows everywhere and the isolation the sun from behind gives to the shop and the pier.
"I wish I'd known you Annie." F4 @1/2500. ASA1250 80mm.
Random stranger in a storm. F18, 1/40th, ISO1250, 80mm. I was about to do an HDR shot when she walked past. Permissive shot.
Stallholder@Eat Weston. F4.0, 1/125, ISO800, 70mm. Duped the layer, mono'd the top layer, blended because the purple backdrop was overwhelming. Permissive shot.
Man and Dog. F4, 1/500, ASA800, 80mm. Permissive shot.
Cathleen, or maybe with a K. F4, 1/250th, ASA800, 55mm. A Heartbreaker.
Eat Weston 22nd September 2018.
Sat 22nd September. EAT Weston. Horrible weather. I really felt for these guys. It costs them money to put this sort of thing on, and then the heavens open up and the footfall drops significantly.
Despite that, there was more than enough smiles to go around...
Another mix of Permissive / observational images.
Loved "Professor Paul Wheeler" - The jovial Punch and Judy Guy.
And the smiles were infectious.
On the plus side, the rainsleeve worked well, and the camera stayed dry.
Wet Weston - And Heroes of Weston...
Another wet day in "Sunny Weston".
I made a conscious decision today. To use a more "permissive" style of photography.
Stop someone - Explain what I am doing - Ask them if I might take their photo.
Most agreed, only one refused - politely - No cameras shoved up orifices, no verbal confrontations. BUT. Without the context of "Heroes of Weston" (See later) are these "Street / Social Documentary, etc?" Yes, I think I got some "nice" photographs, but is my photography about "nice things"?
This is Cathleen (Or it might be with a K.)
She is 97. Almost blind, very deaf, and walks with difficulty.
She has no regrets about how she's lived her life, and how it's turned out, but I get the feeling she is tired. She doesn't enjoy being 97. She told me she doesn't want to be 98.
I made her a promise.
No matter where I am, and no matter where she is. I will take her photograph when she gets her telegram.
This is how I met Cathleen (maybe with a K.) I was shooting a food festival in lousy weather. I'd crossed the street from the main festival to get a panoramic shot when I turned to my left seconds after she fell (And I'm running towards her as I instinctively had my finger on the trigger, so, please, no moral judgments - there was no delay in helping her.)
As I said, she is 97 - partially sighted and very deaf. Yet on a Saturday (When there is no cover in her sheltered home) and in weather ducks would think twice about going out in, she went to her local pharmacy. Unfortunately, she fell on the way, and hurt her knee, wrist, and possibly banged her head.
As soon as we got her safe, (into a local nail-bar of all places,) I phoned for an ambulance and talked to her as we waited for it to arrive.
I asked if I might have the honour of taking her picture.
What an inspirational lady to meet in the most unusual of circumstances.
Well. Here goes. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.