How I See It - Black and White Street Photography
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by Hugh Rawson
3M ago
Just a short note to say that my second video is now up on my YouTube channel. It’s about five black and white images made in the last year - the story behind the images, the reason for processing in black and white. Do you go out to shoot in black and white? What makes black and white so special? And if there’s anything you’d like to see featured on this new channel I’d love to know. Just comment below ..read more
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Black and White Street Photography 2023
Hugh Rawson Photography Blog
by Hugh Rawson
3M ago
I have always had a keen interest in history, and growing up, I used to look at black-and-white photographs of my hometown taken over the previous century. It's quite likely that I used to imagine the world was black-and-white until some magical date when colour burst forth - probably sometime around 1960. After all, the only way I could imagine what the world was like before I was born was through photos from the past, and these were all monochrome black-and-white. Around the mid-60s and 70s, the photographic world began to take colour seriously, and black-and-white became a deliberate choice ..read more
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Seven Up - Best of 2023
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by Hugh Rawson
3M ago
I’ve always believed that it’s best to leave your images for sometime before processing them. You might call it letting them marinate. And I suppose that the same principle applies to this post because I’ve left it several months into 2024 to reflect on my images from 2023. The images I’ve chosen are a combination of the ones that had the most likes on Instagram and a few of my own favourites. You will notice that these are all colour. I did have one or two black-and-white images that I wanted to include. However, they looked out of place within the overall feel of the colour gallery. There ..read more
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Mouthpiece 4: Year of the Rabbit
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by Hugh Rawson
1y ago
Chinese Lanterns, Trafalgar Square, London. I have always steered clear of the very popular. I’ve always been disappointed when a band I like have drifted into the mainstream. Always preferred the intimacy of a few people in a small venue to the big arena. Always avoided the big hitters - be they bands, movies, shows - whatever seems to be massively on trend has always somehow driven me away. I’ve always preferred to remain on the edge. Setting Up, Trafalgar Square, London. Maybe it is this position as the outsider that has drawn me to street photography. The Bystander. Watching from the edg ..read more
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Mouthpiece 3: On The Dotted Line - going behind the image
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by Hugh Rawson
1y ago
The streets aren’t paved with gold but the warm fluorescent glow spilling onto the wet flagstones like Chablis are a damn close second on this winter’s night in Soho. The deep blue-black of the sky only accentuates the staccato blasts of the neon signs trumpeting reds, pinks and oranges. If it’s only Mad Dogs and Englishmen that go out in the midday sun, then maybe it’s just drunks and street photographers who stay out on nights like this. Fingerless gloves clutch numbly at the small black box, somehow adjusting dials without feeling them. On The Dotted Line. London 2022. What warmth there is ..read more
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Mouthpiece 2: looking back to go forward
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by Hugh Rawson
1y ago
A hard drive crashing is never a good thing but, as an eternal optimist, I can see the good that is coming from it. I’ll get to that. Don’t worry - it’s not as bad as it could’ve been – I have it all backed up in the cloud and this was a backup hard drive anyway. It has drawn my attention to just how full my main drive is. While the price of external memory is far cheaper than it was, I still don’t want to be buying new drives unnecessarily. It was clearly time for a good old-fashioned clear out. As a street photographer, I’m very well used to that boom and bust cycle of returnin ..read more
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Mouthpiece 1
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by Hugh Rawson
2y ago
Back once again for the renegade headmaster Pardon the dodgy pun (and with respect to Wildchild) but it’s being playing in my head since I decided to rekindle the blog during a week’s break from running the school. So, what’s this and why now? You might well ask. It’s been a long time. I suppose the longer you leave something the harder it is to get going again. Momentum tails off. The longer I’ve been away, the greater the pressure has felt to make the comeback somehow significant. That brings pressure of its own. How could I begin to make the first piece back all the more worthwhile? So I d ..read more
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Set: Southsea April 2021
Hugh Rawson Photography Blog
by Hugh Rawson
3y ago
As we emerged, blinking, from lockdown, the south coast was gearing up for something of a summer - even if it wasn’t clear yet what it would be. Here are a few images from Southsea on a grey Saturday in April ..read more
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Frost and Fog - A New Year's Day Tale
Hugh Rawson Photography Blog
by Hugh Rawson
3y ago
I can’t remember being so pleased to see the back end of a year like I did 2020. The New Year may not have brought the greatest of changes but there is hope - vaccines, testings and such. Regardless, the weather here played its part in a memorable start with freezing fog on the higher ground of the Surrey Hills. Welcome to Hascombe Hill. I am most definitely a street photographer but any photography is better than no photography and, given that lockdown meant no visiting town and city streets, I enjoyed the chance to slow down and shoot some landscape images to start 2021. The fog had really ..read more
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2020 - a baker's dozen
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by Hugh Rawson
3y ago
I don’t ever recall meeting a baker who actually gave me thirteen when I wanted 12. Not loaves, rolls or cream horns. Not of anything. Mind you, I can’t imagine ordering twelve of anything anyway - certainly not cream horns. Nonetheless, as it’s the season of giving, I give to you my baker’s dozen of selected images from the year that we are about to gleefully kick in to touch. 2020. These aren’t necessarily the most liked on social media - I didn’t check. They’re not necessarily technically the best. They’re not even the ones I think are definitively the best. They’re just the ..read more
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