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Camden Town street portraits

Date posted: 19 September 2015

Camden Town street portrait photography

Camden Town is known for it’s vibrant and diverse atmosphere, and has been the centre of alternative culture in London for over half a century. It attracts interesting, colourful characters – and it was this ‘anything goes’ attitude and style that I wanted to capture in my street portraits.

Photos by Peter Carruthers

There were two rules I gave myself. Firstly, the subjects had to look interesting and unconventional – the kind of people you couldn’t help but notice, and the kind of people who wanted to be noticed.

Secondly, everybody had to be asked if I could take their portrait, so candid photos were not allowed.

Rather than wander endlessly around, I remained at the top of path that led from the high street to the canal, and waited for suitable people to walk past. This gave me a certain amount of control over the shoot in that the background and atmosphere remained fairly constant through all the photos.

All shots were taken with my Canon 5D camera and L series 35mm 1.4 lens one Friday afternoon in September. Here are some of my favourite portraits.

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Finally, I don’t usually photograph street performers for a few reasons - they’re too easy, too obvious and the kind of shots that tourist take. But on the way home, I couldn’t resist photographing this guy with a guitar by Camden tube station.

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