man stooping in front of stall

I Love It When People Stoop

When people bend down in the street there’s usually a good reason for it. They’re picking up something important, or attending to an urgent task. No one “stoops in the street” (that sounds a bit rude, doesn’t it?) without good reason. In public it’s far more comfortable and dignified to remain vertical. As a street … Read more

man in front of tattoo poster

The Charm of Time-Worn Advertising

Photography wrenches a moment from time and preserves it for later, perhaps forever. The concept of time is inherent to all photography. In street photography, especially, with its many “decisive moments,” time is ever-present, yet always, in a sense, absent. I’m sorry if this sounds contradictory, but I think most people will recognise what I’m … Read more

Railway Market

Intimate Trains

Most of us are accustomed to keeping trains at a distance, but in the Far East people have learned to live with them in close proximity. How close? Well, I suppose I’d have to call it “brushing-past close.” The Mae Klong Train Market in Samut Songkhram Province, Thailand (an hour or two from Bangkok) is … Read more

hooded figure on phone

Everyone’s On the Phone

If you were to ask me about the most significant development in street photography in the last thirty years, my reply would not be about digital cameras or photo editing software. It would be about what people are actually doing in the street. These days, everyone is on the phone. Thirty years ago no one … Read more