Street photography capture gets over 100,000 Flikr views in one day

Ghost of the men in black (MIB) – A silhouetted man in a hat and ghostly blur. MIB – men in black.
This street photography capture in the city of Bath by myself  was recognized as a Flikr Explore – image selection of the day and this generated well over 100,000 image views in one day.

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Bristol Naked Bike ride 2018

BWNBR – An amazing event and great characters at this Bristol World Naked Bike Ride,event. I captured some great street photography and documentary images of the event as it progressed through the streets of Bristol. I had some very interesting conversations with the participants and really enjoyed shooting the day.

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Street Photography video from the UK – April 2018

A small recent compilation of some of my (mainly) black and white street photography from April 2018, in and around the city of Bath, Bristol and London in the UK. Would love to hear your thoughts and comments. Most of these images and many more can be seen here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dazsmith Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/daz.smith/

 

London Million Mask March 2017

This year I attended the London Million Mask March. It started at Trafalgar Square and protested all over central London including 10 Downing Street. Thousands attended all wearing versions of the famous anonymous guys Fawkes mask. Its a great opportunity to get some street photography images packed with vocal and energetic demonstrators.

 

Street photography book – I’m Dreaming of Black & white

My first photography book (Dreaming of Black & white) is at the last stages so I can start to get pre-orders to be sent out(probably early December).

I want to thank everyone for their help & encouragement over the last few years as I have taught myself photography and have developed my creative vision. If you would like to support me further by purchasing a copy of this first book that would be awesome and it would help me further hone my craft.

Its 100 pages of mainly street photography in black & white from my hometown of Bath, Bristol and London. I will sign all copies of the book and the first edition run is limited to 100 copies.

The first 30 orders that I receive, I will also include an extra FREE randomly chosen signed photograph.

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Street portrait – Panda man

I love working the streets of neighbouring Bristol. Its a large city with a massive amount of diversity. One of my favourite hang-outs is an area called the Bear Pit and Stokescroft, this is an area rife with urban scrawl, posters, graffiti and always a changing and varied range of characters. This Saturday I watched a band make a pop video an one of the participants was this gentleman in his digital looking panda mask – well, I just had to have  a street portrait for my growing street photography collection.

The invisible ones of Bath.

The invisible ones.

Why is it that an affluent city like Bath can have so many invisible people living on its streets and yet the everyday city life just pass them by without a care or worry? Why, in a city with a growing array of miscellaneous shops and properties lying empty, do we see no action from the local authorities in trying to alleviate a problem which has been around for at least the last three years that I have been documenting the people and the streets of this city?

Surely, it would benefit the city as a whole to deal with the problem of these ‘invisible people’ and to essentially clean-up the image of Bath and help people at the same time, it can’t really be that hard, not when so many properties lie unused and not when millions of tourist bring revenue to this city. This is not a poor city as cities go.

The gentleman in the first image lay under the glowing window of Costa Coffee on Westgate Street for well over an hour yesterday in the rain as people just walked on by, no one knowing if he was dead or alive. It took an age until one kindly gentleman took it upon himself to help, and in doing so others joined the situation and called an ambulance.

Surely, as a society we need to address this situation, and not by boarding-up doorways so that the poor and homeless can’t get some respite from the weather, thats not a solution that’s a reaction. But in ‘really’ dealing with the growing situation of these ‘invisible people’ falling between the cracks – or just lying upon them as it appears in most cases.

 

The second image shows a young couple living in a doorway. I have seen them in the same place for weeks now, Strangely living out their existence whilst all the shoppers just idle by. No one seems to care nor notice this appearance of a pop up bedroom in the middle of the street.

Again surely, somewhere within the halls of the local authorities we have a few working souls who job or responsibility it is to help people like this, for the benefits of themselves and then the benefit of the city and its overall appearance. I for one feel most embarrassed that as a community of people living in this city, that we can’t among the wealth this city has in both money, energy and people, that there just has not been a single solution to the growing homeless situation.

Why not temporarily open one of the unused shops as a pop-up refuge or respite from the cold and weather? At least this would both help those in need and help the general look of the city?

I just refuse to believe that with me with my camera am the only one seeing these poor people and this dire situation that just should not exist in a modern and caring city in the twenty first century – or am I wrong?

How, can a city generate such income, welcome so many travellers from all over the globe, yet ignore those in dire need of help, when there are many unused buildings that could at least temporarily shelter from the elements. How can we get the local authorities and the local people to help and put an end to this, it’s just a ridiculous situation that seems to echo the after knowledge of the London Grenfell Towers disaster, and the media hype and knowledge that was shared after the event of the huge amount of unused properties in that area, whilst people lay abandoned living in hotels and hostels.

Surely we can do better than this – people are not invisible, the only way to make people invisible is to consciously deny that they exist and need help. We are better than this. We Should DEMAND better than this. Come on Bath and the residents of Bath – people are NOT invisible.

Daz Smith

 

The Birdman – UK Street photography

Paul the bird man – I love this guy-he’s like a bird magician. The way the local birds flock to his open hands in anticipation of a feast, is just wonderful to watch and to capture in light. Great street photography from the great city of Bath.

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

Hope is the thing with feathers
by Emily Dickinson