The moment you pick up a camera and head out onto the streets, you never really know what you are going to come across. Sometimes you can go out in the hope of capturing great images, yet you may come back with nothing at all. I recently teamed up with JPEGmini to explore what it is like ‘Facing The Unknown’ as a photographer on the streets. We filmed for 3 days in Birmingham City Centre as I walked around looking for any moments or people that caught my eye.
The first day hit us with rain showers on and off, but there’s no bad weather for street photography so that wasn't too much of a problem. The second day involved a bit of misfortune for me, as I left my camera on a train at Moor Street Station. I went back home to grab my backup camera so I could carry on shooting, so I guess this was the point where we were definitely ‘Facing The Unknown’. However, this was only a minor blip in the plan as we managed to track down a handful of interesting moments happening in Birmingham. The third day was a breeze as we headed to Digbeth & The Custard Factory, eventually we finished up in The Jewellery Quarter & St Paul’s Square.
I’m pleased to say this was a great project & experience to be involved in. It has allowed people to see how I have photographed the streets over the past few years and I’ve now got some new friends in the people of JPEGmini. I started using the JPEGmini software around a year ago, which has helped to compress my JPEG filesizes to an absolute minimum. This has saved me tonnes of hard drive space and the best part is it works in the background so I don’t have to do anything! If you want to check out JPEGmini for yourself head over to www.jpegmini.com
Check out the final video below, (filmed & edited by Eitan Sarid) as well as a few images that made it into the final cut (and some that narrowly missed out!)
Thanks for looking,