Joshua Jackson (@joshjackson on Instagram) is a street photographer I have followed for a while. The photographs he publishes have a distinct style. The shots are nearly all colour, shot in bright situations or lit by strong artificial light, at night, in London or New York.
I was lucky enough to grab a place on one of his Street Photography workshops in August 2019. Ten of us met Joshua and Craig (@sixstreetunder) in China town for a brilliant and quite intense day of shooting. With my Nikon D5300 and 35mm lens I was nervous and unsure of my skills, but I was immediately put at ease by Joshua’s informal coaching style and confidence in our abilities.
A lot of street photography is putting yourself in situations that feel uncomfortable or unnatural i.e. getting up close to complete strangers and taking their pictures. Reassuringly it seemed that most everyone on the course felt awkward about doing it and it seems this is the main barrier for a lot of people trying to get into Street Photography. However Joshua an Craig addressed this head on, very quickly we learned that people generally ignore people with cameras, it is such a common thing to see, that people just zone out the camera and the photographer. As long as your movements with the camera aren’t quick and your body language is relaxed, then all should be well.
We also talked through the legality of street photography in the UK. Currently if you are in a public place and the photographer is on public property then no laws are being broken. As the photographer you should be prepared for someone to ask you what you are doing and if they are offended by you taking their shot, then just delete it. That said, ten of us took at least 250 shots each over the course of the day and not one of experienced any negative feedback or trouble. Common sense tells you not to make trouble for yourself when shooting…. so don’t photograph people’s children, street performers or the homeless.
These are some of the shots I took, I will be posting more as I get to them.