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Dansey Place 2 by ash Dansey Place 2 by ash
Another shot from Dansey Place, an alleyway in Chinatown. This one shows a small shop, whose front is a doorway opening out onto the road. They sell fresh produce from what I've seen, but I've no idea what the stuff in the boxes is, before someone asks. The traders in Chinatown aren't generally very fond of being photographed, in my experience (and that of a friend of mine, who filmed her final year media studies project there). I think part of it might be that they expect Europeans/Caucasians with cameras to regard them as tourist attractions, which I can only imagine is fairly tiresome, not to mention offensive. I think my interest in photographing them is different (journalistic certainly, but not touristy) but that doesn't seem to help. Feeling their glares, I shot this shot quickly, which is why it's quite blurry (wrong aperture, no tripod). I've been flirting with Chinatown for months now, trying to capture its heart, and this is probably the closest I've come. It's surprisingly hard.

Chinatown, London, September 2002
Canon EOS 300, Fuji Neopan 400, lab, scanned neg
Constructive criticism always welcome
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deloeckerdanny Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2006
This photograph carries a lot of soul in it; it's well balanced (good frame). I like to watch it as it's like moving pictures in my mind
(a true evocation of life freeze-framed in one shot while, even if they are aware, the pictured ones are not really impressed by it).
Personnally I think that's the ideal pose because even 'small' acting causes more tension (= drama) than total unawareness.
Thanks for sharing!
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basefield Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2002   Filmographer
My god, I feel in love with this photo as soon as I saw it. What a great mixture of urbanism and asian culture. I think i might have to come live in London for a while.

I love the grainy effect, intentional or not. +fav
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narang99 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2002
This is a quite good photo, i must say it dose capture much emotion, and felling, I must go down there one day, this photo is one of yah best that you have taken, i love the bluur to be this is a jounrlist photo, jounlism is capturing nomral day acton, and it's hard to get everthing wright, in a matter of a second, and if yah did get everthing sharp it would look so boring and tounristey, this is a cracker of a photo, gonna have to give a trip now that i fell inspired
i AM GONNA HAVE TO +FAV THIS ONE,
IF I TOOK THIS PHOTO I WOULD BE VERY HAPPY
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misteriddles Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2002   Photographer
Has a ring of authenticity.
I quite like the grainy furtiveness of it all. ;) (Wink)
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spoco2 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2002
It's a hard thing isn't it? How do you capture people who don't want to be captured? I'm guessing the best way would be to befriend them first, but I know that's not something I really have the skill in doing, and I doubt that many do. (I'm very impressed by those who can go up to complete strangers and within minutes have a great rapore)

Still, great stuff, I think you have captured some of the feel of the area. (Not that I've been there, but there is a 'feeling' to the shot.
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