Tuesday evening saw the first visit to Warminster of Peter Crane ARPS (www.petercrane.co.uk) to give his presentation on Street Photography.
This is a fascinating genre as it portrays slices of life that we often don’t see. Peter included images taking in some less than desirable parts of London, including the underground, Bristol and even San Francisco. He gained his ARPS in October 2017 with a panel of 15 Street Photography images, some of which were included in his presentation.
Peter started his presentation by explaining the camera equipment he uses and the techniques he employs to avoid alerting his subject to the fact they are being photographed. Sometimes it does happen but is more difficult then to get a good natural image. Occasionally he will engage with a homeless person who is happy to be photographed all day for the price of a coffee as they have nowhere else they need to be. The main message was to be unobtrusive and don’t attract attention to yourself.
Some of Peter’s images were straight forward photos of interesting characters, but some used graffiti to interact with his subject to bring out a specific, usually comical, arrangement. Peter explained that it’s true the images of graffiti are often dismissed as being somebody else’s art, but it’s acceptable to add a carefully placed live figure to create something different, and the whole becomes something greater than the sum of its parts. The figures are only “placed” in as much as Peter waits until the right subject walks past and he tried to photograph them in a carefully chosen spot.
After the refreshment break we moved on to some very slightly more risqué images, but nothing that could offend the audience. Who knew that there is a “no trousers on the underground” day in London where participants meet at a chosen station and, at a given signal, will all remove their trousers, boys and girls alike. Peter got some great shots aided by the fact they assumed he was from a newspaper like the dozen or so other photographers there. Apparently, the authorities are very tolerant of this event on the condition that there is nothing suggestive about the way they move.
Sometimes Peter’s wife would say “you can’t take that” to which he’d usually reply “too late” but other times she would aid and abet him by acting as a screen such that she would move out of shot at the critical moment to allow Peter a clear shot of his prey.
All in all it was an entertaining evening with a fascinating peek into another world.
Images: Paul Duckworth
Report: Mil Chimley LRPS