I've been limping around in pain for the past few weeks.
Matt thinks that I'm just trying to one-up his dislocated knee.
But, according to Dr. Google, I'm suffering from Retrocalcaneal Bursitis.
It's also known as "pump bump" which I find pretty ironic
as I haven't worn heels since I moved to London.
All I know is that it hurts and makes me hobble like an old lady.
I'm pretty much over it.
A few weekends ago, I hobbled my way through a
Our guide for the day was Stuart Beesley who is an incredible photographer
as well as a great teacher and encourager.
(Not to mention 2010 Travel Photographer of the year.)
We didn't focus on the technical stuff or the camera settings.
The six of us all had different cameras and often people just use their cell phones on the tour.
Instead, we focused on expanding our eye, finding inspiration
and stretching our comfort zones when shooting out on the street.
As we walked through Camden Market and Primrose Hill,
Stu gave us simple assignments and then 15-20 minutes to see what we could come up with.
He was always close by with a suggestion or feedback.
The first assignment was pretty easy.
I'll see if you can figure out what my instructions were.
A bustling place like Camden Market can be very overwhelming.
Sometimes you just get into Point & Click Mode. This assignment trained us to focus on the details.
This next assignment was my favorite and it's definitely something that I want to explore further.
As we walked up and down the High Street, we were told to pay attention to the reflections.
Lighting, architecture, color and people. Everything seemed to suddenly pop
when viewing it through a pane of glass. Pretty cool, huh?
There were several assignments that were extremely challenging for me.
But, I'm so glad that I did them. I really struggle with taking photographs of people.
I feel very conspicuous and naughty. And I ALWAYS get caught and often yelled at.
Stu said I should just relax, act confident and calm. Like I might actually know what I'm doing.
This was extremely challenging for me (because I don't actually know what I'm doing.)
I'm sure I had this crazed, stalker smile on my face.
And, to make matters worse, my Nikon has a loud, satisfying CLICK whenever I take a picture.
So just imagine. The limp. The crazy smile. And the loud clicking noise.
Not very stealth like, I can assure you.
I did get a few sneaky shots, usually of people's backsides. (Cuz that's not creepy at all.)
But, mostly I just got caught, so then I'd bolt away.
(Well, not actually bolt, because remember? The limp.)
You know this guy is thinking "Why the hell is that lady limping around,
taking pictures of us with that weird, frightened smile on her face? Stalker much?"
We ended up back at Camden Market for our final project.
I'm convinced that I was being trailed by two security guys because of my suspicious behavior.
I'm proud to say that I completed each and every assignment.
I now have some tricks up my sleeve for finding inspiration and interesting shots.
More importantly, I spent some time outside of my Camera Comfort Zone
and gained some much needed experience in getting more people in my shots.
Which is a really good thing, because let's face it,
as beautiful as places are, the best stories are always in the people.
Fox & Squirrel offer a variety of London Walks including
Art Walks, Architecture Walks, as well as Fashion, Film and Food Walks.
The Street Photography Walk starts at 12 noon and ends at 3:30pm and costs £50.
How do you feel about photographing people out on the streets?
Any tips and tricks to getting great shots without offending?