Brick Lane, London – a Photographer’s Dream by Tony Mearman LRPS CPAGB AFIAP

I first visited Brick Lane about five years ago after being impressed by a print that was in an RPS photo competition I had entered.  The print featured two men walking past a wall mural in Brick Lane and it was then that I decided to pay a visit to the Lane to check it out for myself.

Brick Lane is famous for the graffiti adorning many of the walls, some of which are painted by very talented artists. Sometimes I feature the graffiti in my photographs and often just relax with a cup of coffee by an interesting work of art, waiting for a suitable candidate to make an appearance.  I use the graffiti for my backdrop, – the stage! Then wait for the ‘actors’ to appear.  Most of the tourists are taking pictures around the place and when I see an interesting character I will approach them asking for a photograph, setting up a pose on my ‘stage’ in front of the wall painting. 

I can’t remember ever being turned down for a portrait, Brick Lane is just one of those places…

I can’t remember ever being turned down for a portrait, Brick Lane is just one of those places…

I started using Adobe Slate (now re-named to Spark) just over a year ago when I put together a presentation featuring images from a beach wedding I had just photographed in Mexico. The Spark presentation works like a screen-based Digital Wedding Album and the Bride & Groom and their families were delighted with the Slate I’d prepared for them.

Adobe Spark is a free and easy-to-use software package that I’d recommend to anyone wishing to promote a story in pictures.  It’s great for weddings and other events, give it a try; you and the people you’ve photographed will just love it.

Please click on the link below for the Brick Lane Spark presentation:

Tony Mearman

3rd April 2017

https://spark.adobe.com/page/THNREJTvmDOoi/

Pictured: Waving by Tony Mearman

           

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