I am a frequent traveler to London and in more recent times I find that I do not have the time that I used to for landscape photography. Family life and work life make that a difficult endeavor at the moment. So I have been trying to find an alternative subject for my photography that I can fit in around my busy lifestyle.

Street Photography was an obvious choice but I must confess I have (or generally had, though I am coming round to it) very little passion for street photography. The reasoning is that I only tend to photograph what I would like to hand on my walls as large prints and I could never see the point of photographing total strangers going about their daily life. As a result my subject matter is usually either my family and my loved ones, my friends, my dogs (though they have all now died) or landscapes (which I no longer have time to go out and photograph). I’ve photographed my family so much I need something else to diversify my portfolio, and my friends and family are an ‘as and when’ thing. So other than persuading my wife to enroll in some boudoir shots (!), I think street photography is about my only remaining choice.

So London is about as good as it gets for street work. A rich diversity of people, places and architecture, from old to new, and the area looks entirely different between day and night. So I recently packed my Hasselblad with me for a trip to London and decided, based upon what turned out to be a successful venture, to do it more often and I’ve created a new portfolio section called “The London Series” to keep that going as a collection.

So, these were all taken using the Hasselblad 501CM with standard 80mm f2.8 Carl Zeiss lens using Kodak Tri-X 400 pushed to EI1600 and developed in Ilford Ilfotec DD-X for 14 minutes at ~22 degrees. They were then scanned using an Epson Perfection V550 scanner and then loaded into DarkTable. I did not have a tripod with me, so some were captured handheld which is quite remarkable to be fair! Others were captured by resting the camera on a wall, activating the mirror lock-up and then releasing the shutter.