Lens culture review
I recently have a had my project reviewed by the professional over at Lens culture. I would definitely Recommend doing this if you have a major project.
I enjoyed this submission and series. You are in good company photographing people on buses and I thought I would refer you to a couple of other examples. You must look up Tom Wood Bus odyssey - which is a book and project. It is an amazing group of photos of people on buses in Liverpool and becomes a really amazing chronicle of life in Liverpool. I think your images also speak about the isolation and separation the attitude almost - people have when on a bus or other forms of transport. Where they become engulfed in their own world and thoughts. I have worked with an artist on a project that has explored this also in photography and drawing. It is by Dryden Goodwin and I would suggest you look at his work Caul, but also his drawing of people on London Underground. I note that a number of your subjects notice you are taking the shots and so look at you. Dryden chose to work at night and use a telephoto lens. There are ethical issues with this approach as obviously the subjects have no idea they are being photographed. Another photographer who has taken shots in public spaces but remained unseen was Philip Lorca Di Corcia for his series Heads. Take a look at those and also the court case for Philip as it was a test case around the ethics of the way he works. Tom Wood - worked so close up people knew he was there so you may feel more comfortable with that approach. The strongest image here was the lead image - The portrait - amazing shot and well worth submitting to portrait prizes etc. What a great face ! I also loved the black background on this work. However you will need to take alot of shots to get a good and tight edit - and that is about a volume of work and working out the best time of day etc to take the shots. I would suggest you try at night. You are at a stage where you need to experiment and take alot of images to work out where you are going. But you have found a good subject and it shows great promise.
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