Last Saturday I went on a photo walk with 30 odd other photographers in London. The theme was ‘Street Art’ which can be found around the city. We stayed around the Shoreditch and Old Street area and in no time we were all happily snapping away.
I’ve never been on a photo walk with other photographers before so this was a new experience for me, and I loved it! There was a wide range of experience and skills, not to mention cameras being used. Everything from the latest Nikon and Canon models through to iPhones, everyone was welcome. It was all organised through Google+ by the wonderful Helena Martins who was our guide and a font of information on street art. She also turned up with some ‘The Google+ Project’ tee shirts and I’ve been happily wearing mine to work safely out of sight under my jacket.
Having lived in big cities such as London I’ve naturally come across street art before and I have to admit that I’ve been a bit on the fence when it comes to the art vs vandalism debate. I tried to keep an open mind approaching the day and used the internet to do some research beforehand. By the time I got onto the train to head into London I was still undecided. However, I was sure that it would challenge me photographically and that has got to be a good thing.
The challenge came in different forms. When you have 30 or so people all photographing the same thing you don’t want to walk away with images the same as everyone else. But at the same time this is someone else’s art and you want to try and show that.
Also being a weedy girlie I can’t carry all my equipment with me and still take shots. So I needed to decide what to take and what to leave. I opted for my 18 – 50mm Sigma lens and also my sparkly new Canon nifty fifty (50mm prime), tripod and cable release. The rest was spare memory cards, batteries, lens cleaning cloths and so on all wrapped up in my new Crumpler bag. It does make me laugh sometimes when I hear female friends dribbling over designer clothes, they get a goofy look on their faces that I get with Crumpler bags and camera lenses.
Anyway I took loads of shots and it’s going to take me quite a while to work my way through them all. So I decided to make this a double post and spread them out a bit. I’d also like to share some links to many of the amazing people I met, but again they’ll need time to work through all the images and get them up. So I’ll post those links next time. This might not be my normal sort of photography but I certainly did enjoy myself.