This man was something of a curiosity. The image was made on Wall Street, the day the protests before the protests began. Cycling close to the Stock Exchange, the man got off his bike, wrote “don’t write on the sidewalk” then added beneath it – “it’s history!”. He then stood up, admired his calligraphy and cycled off laughing to himself. As I said, he was something of a curiosity.
The single best thing about the Edinburgh Festival is the opportunity for making portraits. This man very kindly let me make this image of him, which I wanted to keep very simple and unadulterated. His quiet smile was very appealing, as was the tilt of his head. A little toning and some levels adjustment, and the image was done.
An evening walk through town presented me with no real photographic inspiration, apart from this man. He was sitting outside the Apple Store on Buchanan Street. Although the street was a throng of people, all going about their business, he was quietly sitting there, texting someone on his iPhone. I liked the contrast of his quietness to the energy all around him.
Walking through London on the eve of the Royal Wedding, I saw these people sitting on a street-side cafe having tea. The French name of the place aside, it was such a quintessentially English scene. Everything stops for tea.
The problem here was how to capture the shot and remain discrete in doing so. I was walking on the other side of the street and I knew that if I stopped walking and took the shot, I would be spotted before I pressed the shutter and the scene would be changed and ruined. The solution was to prepare the shot whilst still walking. This image was the result.
I saw this man, Cirio, standing in the Apple Store on Oxford Street, London. He kindly allowed me to make this image of him, handheld and using only the natural light coming in through the window.