Colour and Patterns


First post from me! It’ll be a quick one for now. My main photographic focus is street photography, and I’ve recently started exploring colour in graphic compositions. When people ask me what I like to take photos of I sometimes try to shock them by telling them I like to catch people picking their noses on street corners. It’s sort of true! But the point is not to take embarrassing photos, just to make honest representations of people in public environments. I want to capture candid moments of spontaneous human interaction. Partly it’s about documenting my time and place, but mostly it’s just because I like watching people and how they behave in urban environments.


Alex Webb (http://www NULL.webbnorriswebb is a photographer I admire who utilizes colour to maximum advantage. Saul Leiter (http://www NULL.lensculture NULL.html) is another. I don’t think I am anywhere close to achieving their complex colour compositions, but a guy’s gotta start somewhere.


Yellow Bars Blue

{Dec 16th Update} Continuing on with the public transit theme, I caught this one the other day.

Sunrise in the Underground


  • Tom,

    Great to see your first post. I look forward to what’s to come; I’m sure you’ll have much success. Really solid composition here — the closing/opening bus doors provide a frame into the scene and your framing of the entire composition creates a nice symmetry. I really enjoy how the bus doors look to have pulled apart the figure on the left from the figures on the right to reveal the men walking in opposite directions. Excellent moment. Your color tonal range might translate nicely into a black and white version as well…

    • Thanks, Owen. This shot illustrates how street photography requires quick adaptation to circumstances, one of the reasons I find it interesting. I saw the man in matching toque and gloves approaching the open doors and planned to shoot him, but as he came into view the doors started to close. The closing doors made a much more interesting frame than they had while open, but it forced me to completely change my composition in a split second before the doors closed and the entire scene was gone. I’m glad I clicked when I did.