Take a group of men, women and children dressed in Santa suits doing a fun run for charity, a Salvation Army band, cheerleaders, a street market, a couple of hot rod cars and a New Zealand summer evening. Point is that most authors wouldn’t imagine all that coming together in a story – brief credit please if any novelists reading this decide to take up the challenge. But life does bring disparate things into close proximity, and more often than we think.
For me that’s why street photography is so fascinating. Endlessly variable, freely accessible, needing no fancy equipment and – at it’s best – a positive connection with other people. At the risk of sounding a bit too grand I really believe it can be almost universally appreciated because at heart street photography is about what it is to be human.
Back story… Hastings a smallish provincial city in New Zealand, a santa fun run to raise money for a national children’s charity organized to coincide with the regular Thursday evening summer street market and the switching on of the CBD Christmas lights.
Fujifilm X100S and X-T1 coupled with the XF 56mm F1.2. As usual any post processing done in Iridient Developer.
All images © Simon Shaw 2014