These last few weeks have been all about pitching my portfolio to potential clients. It’s grinding hard work, especially since it leaves me with little free time to make new portraits or travel photography. This leaves me with a conundrum: as a professional photographer I need to make photographs in order to keep my portfolio up to date. What to do when I’m buckled down at my desk? The answer arrived in the form of Olympus’s month-long street photography theme on social media (via @olympusuk and MyOlympus – I shoot exclusively with Olympus kit). It got me thinking more critically about some of my older work, and about what street photography means to me.
I think street photography is a vibrant art form. Some of my favourite photographers made or make exceptional street photography, much of which hooked in to their commercial or documentary work. There’s a lot to be said for those rare pictures that expertly capture a revealing moment between people. It’s what hooked me in to street photography while I was living in the Middle East: an excuse to explore the world with a little more attention, and to record something of life’s daily dramas along the way.