I don’t often get a chance to do street photography, but I love capturing photos of people. At the Edinburgh Festival performers come out in their droves and the awkwardness of shooting strangers disappears.
This first image I cropped to a square to remove background distractions. The street was really busy with thousands of people either entertaining or being entertained. The atmosphere was amazing and these performers were walking through the crowds to the slow toll of a deep toned hand-bell that was at odds with the buzz in the street,
This piper was brightly clothed, but the colours were a distraction.
To me, this saxophonist had a 1920s look to him.
I am never really sure whether it is okay to shoot everyday people in the street, those who are not performers. My rule of thumb is if it does not show the person in a bad light then it is okay. I took one shot of an audience watching a street performer and everyone is laughing and clapping, except for one old curmudgeon who is standing with his arms folded and a frown that would shatter glass. Although I took the shot, it would not be fair on the person to publish it, so I won’t.
However, this bus driver was sat at traffic lights in a jam of traffic. The wires at the window, to me, make him look like he is imprisoned. When he drove off he did so with great care and consideration for the multitude of pedestrians that were milling about on the road. So, I am publishing this to celebrate a guy who is good at his job, and because I like the photo and the way his face shows through the reflection in the glass.
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