Close and involved

Now to the other extreme. Using the widest angle I have, concentrate on moving in close to people. The aim is to achieve a sense of putting the viewer right inside the situation – as I will inevitably be! One of the things  I have noticed when shooting wide angle is that it is much easier to take these kind of images when I’m in a busy area or a  tourist spot, so that people don’t notice me. The images below have been selected from many I took  in York.

Of the above I particularly like the following shots.

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The viewer is pulled right in to the centre of the busy scene. The shot to the right was taken with Martin Parr in mind – a typical British view!!

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I shot these two images because I observed role reversal. The young girl appears to be taking a mature and responsible approach to the situation – pushing the pram and carrying bags. She looks back at her mother having a playful time with the toddler.


What have I learnt? I noted the effect of a wide angle lens in that the background seems stretched and detail is visible, this appears to add dynamic and gives context to the subjects in the images.

I gradually built up the confidence to get in close and shoot even though at times I was aware that I was fairly obvious to the public. Initially I wore my camera around my neck and shot from the midriff! However I was not achieving accuracy so I took the tip from the brief and raised the camera to my eye shot and quickly lowered it again avoiding eye contact with my subject, this seemed to work well. I did not feel as though I was invading my subjects’ privacy as much as I did when zooming in from across the street like the Paparazzi!