Manchester. Oldham Street. A place called ‘Fridays’. A dive, a place that is always dark. That has door security most week day afternoons. This guy was stood outside and caught my eye. He let me take his photograph. Some people find it flattering. They may not have any one else interested in them enough to record their presence here anymore.
Okay. Well this idea has been in my head since around 2010. I’ve had one of those idea days where my head has swirled full of thoughts and ideas to the point of feeling pretty dizzy… or maybe because I tend to stand up too quickly. Anyway…
Whether you know me personally, or not. I’d like to say I am interested in you and what makes you tick! I want you to write me a list of your favourite things. It doesn’t matter whether we have spoken before, whether you have happened upon my blog by a happy mistake. Whatever, it doesn’t matter.
What matters is your participation. For without it, the idea is just that.
I want to collect individual lists of people’s favourite things and then turn those lists in to something magical, eye catching and heart warming in the form of a book. The book would be a mixture photography and words. I think it would be nice to be involved in something positive like this. And who knows you could learn something new about yourself… when was the last time you sat down to compile a list of what makes you happiest?
So all I ask of you is to (anonymously if you wish – but names are nice ) e-mail me a list of your favourite things to Jenndo@mac.com
This can be a list in bullet point form or a paragraph of text. Tell me what your favourite things are… past times, activities, sounds, smells, people, hobbies, colours…Whatever comes to mind. It’ll be good for you.
To get started I will share a friends favourite things, that he was kind enough to share with me.
I love my motorbike, I love that when I ride it I smell like nature and that my ears ring because of the noise of the wind, the way my hands go numb in the cold and how I can hold the engine and warm them up.
I love going for rides and getting lost ..seeing places and people that I have never seen… and may never see again.
I love the fact that at the same time it’s your best freind and your worst enemy.
I love listening to rock music…music that you can feel in you chest and gives you energy and a zest for life….early Motorhead does this for me.
I love nature of all kinds…I love sitting in the sun and getting soaked by the rain… there’s no such thing as bad weather…just the wrong kind of clothes!
I love random strangers smiling at me….even if they are mental.
And..lastly…dogs..for their unconditional love!
If you want to get involved, just take five minutes out of your day, sit down and think of what makes you happiest. I need as many people as possible, so please don’t be shy. Remember you can submit anonymously.
To blog is to give to others, a little something of yourself. To affect just one person with what you do is amazing. So in that thread I will continue and offer something, but not of myself. Not today when inspiration and foreign soil are lacking. Instead, I want to give you a fellow street photographer by the name of Joe E.
As a street photographer Joe Entwistle has visited many cities around Europe to capture moments which would otherwise have been lost. The primary focus of his work is to capture people from various walks of life in everyday scenes.
Here a few of my personal favourites, because they are just lovely.
To take a look at more of Joe’s work visit.
Or visit his website dedicated to displaying the works of selected artists and events from the U.K. and farther afield.
Until next time.
This is the last of the photographs from Madrid. I find myself doing this to get my head out of CV writing mode because despite my freelance status… well like a lot of people. I need a job.
I find myself in Spain again from 12-22nd September… this time in Fuengirola. Hopefully I’ll get to Gibralter and from there possibly take the boat to Tangier in Morocco for a day if I can persuade other people….(those that are paying) I don’t know what will happen.
By the way, thanks in advance to those who take the time to leave a comment, I find it encouraging.
Here’s a quote I like that I found today.
‘To take photographs means to recognize – simultaneously and within a fraction of a second – both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one’s head, one’s eye and one’s heart on the same axis’.
See you soon.
Just a quick post inspired by the fact that I am going to the Street Photography Festival in London tomorrow so I thought a post of Street Photography would be very appropriate. The festival should be great, there is so much to see too looking at the diary online. I might have to make two trips!
I have not really picked up my camera with as much energy and enthusiasm since Madrid. I have taken a couple of rolls but I will be honest and say there is a feeling of being underwhelmed upon returning to a city you grew up in.
Not to worry, I’ll take my camera and fresh inspiration to London with me.