Before I hit the streets I am often a revolving mix of anxious, nervous and excited. It is a feeling that never seems to leave me but if I think that at any point those emotions have prevented from taking a photo (and they have in the past!) I make myself work the area, scene or space until the feeling subsides, usually yielding some pretty good results and if not, at the very least, then lesson learnt. It is just a self-conscious thing that I am experiencing. That little thought of ‘what must people think of me while I’m doing this?’. A ludicrous thought as little-to-no-one actually cares what I am photographing or even what I am doing and if they did, so what? All I am doing is photographing. If they are in the photo or, if they walk past me while I am photographing, they are there then gone, rarely to be met again. In the whole time I have been photographing on the streets (around five years, give or take a few months) I have had one, maybe two, people stop and ask me what I was doing and that was out of general intrigue.
This photo was taken at the end of a three-hour wander around Edinburgh. Although I knew something was there this photo almost never happened. As I came to and started to walk past the scene, I could hear my inner voice screaming, ‘STOP AND PHOTOGRAPH!‘. My nerves had crept up on me, as there were a fair few folks mulling around, basking in the glorious sunshine but I listen to my head, ignored my nerves and I stayed to work the space. This shot is the result. It may not be perfect but I do like it. I feel that the shadows, cast from a bridge above, make interesting and eye-catching shapes and the isolated individual is my human connection but it is not a completely perfect shot.
For it to be completely perfect (in my eyes) I would like to see the window appear, in full, in between the gap of the shadow that is falling onto the building. Not half in, half out as it is right now. It’s the only window along that row that is framed and glazed. I like the idea of highlighting that fact and the best way I can think of doing that is by having it framed within the shadows themselves, however, that would mean that the rest of the image would change too and I am not too sure if that would be a wholly great thing. So, for the time being, I am happy with the imperfect finish of this image but I will always revisit the area to see what interesting things the light will produce.
I shot the image in colour but, for me, the image was simply going to be stronger in black and white so the image was converted.
All thoughts and comments are welcome.