I took part in Laura Pannack’s miniclick workshop in Brighton yesterday. Laura Pannack‘s work is totally amazing – she’s got such a beautiful style. I’m not very good at writing about photography but I love how her work doesn’t tell the viewer what to think – I particular love “Our Lives – commissioned by Save the Children” – beautiful, haunting images. High 5 to Miniclick and Jim Stephenson too – miniclick seems to be a thriving photography community, it’s a shame at the moment I can only take part virtually.
So yesterday I was lucky enough to take some pictures with Laura and some fellow photographers while walking around Brighton. This is only my second stab at street photography – both times have been as part of a miniclick workshop (the other was with Luca Sage) – I have really enjoyed both of these and found it exhileratering meeting random people in the street and learning a bit about them. I’m resolved that I’m going to try and find the time to do a bit more.
I don’t tend to like to talk about cameras but I was using a Fuji X100 for these shots – this is a new camera for me and I found it a bit annoying to be fiddling with my settings more than usual as the controls aren’t second nature to me yet. My exposures were off a few times because I couldn’t see the display clearly enough in bright conditions. The big thing I found compared to shooting with a big DSLR though was people’s attitude was different – they assumed I was more of a hobbyist – a film camera amateur – I can’t quite decide whether this is completely for the best but looking back at the images and not having a sore back from lugging a big camera around makes me think the x100 would be my choice next time I “hit the streets” (I’m so cool, huh.)