Thanks for putting so much effort into your site. I do enjoy musing over the daily inspiration and the other reportage posts you publish. I’ve always been interested in photography but have only become more serious about it over the last year or so. I’ve no idea if what I’m doing is any good but I love the creative process, the way it makes me try to see the world differently and, most especially, the opportunity to interact with people, in particular my family. So I’ve included three shots that I think best represent those qualities.
The B&W candid is of a complete stranger but I took the shot having had a random conversation with him and asked if he minded me taking his picture, which he did not. I was in between meetings (I try to take my camera with me whenever I am in that position as it’s always a great opportunity to shoot and having a young family can limit that opportunity), he was on his lunch break and we were both enjoying the Thames in London on a crisp and bright autumnal day.
The reflection of St Pauls was taken not far from the above picture and on the same day; for me this represents seeing the world in a different way and trying to represent a fabulous view in a way that hasn’t been seen before. St Pauls is a wonderful building as is the front of the Thames around that part of London, but taking a shot directly, even in good light, is an obvious choice. Reflections are a good way to see and think differently and I really like how this shot turned out.
The last image is of my son playing on the beach front of Brighton on the south coast of England. Brighton is a great place to shoot as there are so many interesting people and place around. The light in the evening can be spectacular so just shooting the pier (either the remaining one or the burnt out one) is a bit hackneyed so I wanted something that was more meaningful, at least to me. We’d spent the day there, we were all tired and on our way back to the car when the sun was low in the sky and me eldest suddenly wanted to play on this sculpture. Though tired, I persuaded my wife to let us stay a few moments more and I managed to get Ethan almost levitating up the face of this sculpture. The light is pretty good, but it’s the dynamism of my son and the excitement you can see even in just his facial profile that I love most about this shot. He barely sits still for a moment so this is him perfectly.
Best regards Greg (UK)