Big Meeting 2016

Today’s photography adventure was a street photography mission around Durham’s 132nd annual Miner’s Gala. It was an intense day, and although I expected it to be busy I didn’t think it would be quite this busy!



The atmosphere was amazing and the crowds were loving all of the different musical performances. It was hard to know where to look next as there was so much going on.


I set myself a street photography challenge today as I wanted to get out of my comfort zone a bit and try something I don’t normally do. I studied street photography as part of my college course and always admired artists like Gary Winogrand and Lee Friedlander.


Although I’ve found it interesting I’ve never plucked up the courage to give it a go but decided that today was the day! And after editing my shots I’m really glad I had a bash.



I really love candid shots like this which give a flavour of what was happening on the day. This is something I like to incorporate into my wedding photography too, to give a contrast to the usual posed photos that we expect on the big day.


I really like this street scene for example, and the cheeky expression on the boy on the right of the shot.


Making my way to the race course was quite hectic but I got there in time to hear all of the speeches and soak up the atmosphere. I literally was soaked at this point too as it had just started peeing down!


It was at this point that I really got a thing for discarded instruments! Check these out…




This, however, is my favourite shot of the day. I noticed this band starting up and their conductor was particularly awesome. As soon as I got this shot I knew it would look great, his expression really sums up the atmosphere of the day, in spite of the weather.


After the speeches I decided to head back but took a last walk around the venue before heading home. I was really happy with what I got today and I think it’s definitely sharpened my observational skills for spotting spontaneous photo opportunities.






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