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Untitled by Melodysparks (Chris Preedy)

One of the characters you will see on the streets of Nottingham.

I do not know his name...yet he always gives me a smile and we chat for a few moments. I buy his newspaper but always engage his attention elsewhere so I don't actually take his newspaper.

No matter what life's troubles have come his way he is polite, cheerful and always smiling and his depth of knowledge is amazing that I always feel I have learned something after one of our little chats

The Big Issue is a street newspaper published in eight countries; it is written by professional journalists and sold by homeless individuals or vulnerably housed.

The Big Issue is one of the UK's leading social businesses and exists to offer these vulnerable people the opportunity to earn a legitimate income, thereby helping them to reintegrate into mainstream society.

The Big Issue recognises, however, that for many people, being housed is only the first stage in getting off the streets; therefore, The Big Issue Foundation exists to support vendors in gaining control of their lives by tackling the various issues which lead to homelessness.

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Waiting...and waiting by Melodysparks (Chris Preedy)

This poor man had been waiting for a bus for 1 hour before I arrived. Whilst I was waiting I gave up walking 30 minutes later. I dont know how much longer this poor man waited after I left.

THis is one of my favourite images its a simple subject with a story but I like how the light came out

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Going Places by Melodysparks (Chris Preedy)

Out and about on the Nottingham Streets taking random images of people. This was taken on Long Row outside the Going Places travel agents shop.


Aug. 23rd, 2012 08:54 am
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Mad by Melodysparks (Chris Preedy)

Taken in the Nottingham Old Market Square in June 2011 during one of our music festivals


Aug. 23rd, 2012 08:53 am
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Untitled by Melodysparks (Chris Preedy)

A black and white street image of shoppers on Parliament Street in Nottingham outside Victoria Shopping Centre

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Relaxing in the afternoon by Melodysparks (Chris Preedy)

Margarite, Joe & Charlie, relaxing in Rouyn Nornada Quebec

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Street Photography

One May afternoon a few years ago, I took my little Canon Powershot camera down to the Nottingham Arboretum in hope to capture the antics of the squirrels. I sat down on a bench and attempted to entice the little critters towards me with fruit and nuts. On the other end of the bench sat a tall, skinny man in a baseball cap and battered denim jacket and a backpack at his feet.

We got to talking about the squirrels and then photography. To my surprise and his utter delight he knew me through my photography from the Nottingham Flickr Group as he was a fellow member. That day was the start of my friendship with Stephen Wright one of Nottingham’s most talented Street Photographers.

So this is what a camera looks like

WOW, I had never made an impression instantly like that. We clicked as friends and since then he has taught me a lot about photography. For his birthday in 2008 I took him out for the day to Newark on Trent. He said it was one of the best birthday presents he had. That day I held my first DSLR Nikon camera and fell even more in love with photography.

When my colleagues and boss presented me with my 25 years service gift which was funds to buy a DSLR camera and all the required equipment I needed, the first person that came to mind was Stephen and when I dropped him a line asking him if he was interested in camera shopping.

That day was so much fun as he also began to teach me how to use my D60.
Stephen Wright is so easy going and he has enthusiasm, excitement, exuberance, energy, eagerness, and elation and being around him is exhilarating, exasperating and he certainly exceeds expectations when it comes to his work and his tutoring. He is also cheeky, rascally, mischievous, bold as brass and

To quote Guy, one of my friends “Cheekiest bloody street photographer you will see. Scary to be around while shooting as he snaps up close and personal. Trouble is, he has a cheeky boy smile that allows him to get away with a sneaky shot.” And he isn’t wrong there. This is Stephens website

Stephen Wright at work

Nottingham Light Night 2009 - Street Photographer

So, what is Street Photography? Well, the way Stephen taught me, Street photography is a type of documentary photography that features PEOPLE in candid situations within public places such as streets, parks, beaches, malls, political conventions and other settings.

Street photography uses the techniques of straight photography in that it shows a pure vision of something, like holding up a mirror to society. Street photography often tends to be ironic and can be distanced from its subject matter, and often concentrates on a single human moment, caught at a decisive or poignant moment.

This means that any pictures that DO NOT contain a human element does not conform to the rules, of Street Photography.

Candids of people in situations within public places such as streets, parks, beaches, malls, political conventions and other settings.
Street Portraits of street characters and people but no posing.
Decisive Moments or poignant moments of people in situations within public places such as streets, parks, beaches, malls, political conventions and other settings.
All images MUST contain a HUMAN element!

These are a few of my attempts at Street Photography. I hope Stephen approves.





The Couple

The Couple

Do not sit or climb on the sculpture

Do not sit or climb on the sculpture

Two Visitors

Two Visitors

This is the Street Photography group on Flickr that both Stephen and I administer
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A couple of street photographs for you all today

Family afternoon walk

This is one of the images I have in my exhibition at the moment. It was taken in October 2011 on the south Bank of the River Thames in London when my friend from Canada visited and we spent the day in London.

Two Visitors

This one I took at the beautiful Bolsover Castle. These two ladies were trying to spot the derelict shell of Sutton Scarsdale Hall 1 mile away across the motorway.


This one is a gentleman at Nottingham's annual 1940's Knees Up celebration where many people dress in 1940's clothing and spend the day being entertained by musicians playing music from the 40's, sampling foods seeing exhibits of life during the 40's. Also because it is held in the grounds of The Museum of Nottingham Life which front some of the sandstone caves that lie beneath Nottingham and were used for Air Raid shelters during the Luftwaffer bombings in the early part of WWII mock air raids are held to show what our parents, grand parents and great grand parents experienced during those trying days 70 years ago.


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