A London Street Photography Tour
We chased each other for months. I was traveling, they were booked. The weather was awful, I was traveling. Then, miraculously, the stars aligned and I had an opportunity to join Fox & Squirrel on a London street photography walk.
I met our group and guide, Penelope, outside Yumchaa, a sweet little tea and cake shop in Camden. We were a motley crew of 6 from different corners of the world, speaking a number of different languages. Our collective camera equipment ranged from iphones to basic DSLRs to basic point and shoots.
I knew in our first 5 minutes together this wasn’t to be an ordinary walk…no one was giving a history or architecture lesson or telling salacious stories about residents in the neighborhood. Penelope knew her stuff and started off with a quick overview of what street photography was and wasn’t. For someone who spends most of her time taking photos of things (that would be me), her words were a bit of a revelation. This walk wasn’t about photographing beautiful buildings or lovely landscapes, it was about telling London stories through the lens 🙂 of street photography.
Nope, not me…
After our introduction, Penelope gave everyone an assignment and sent us off into the chaos of Camden Market. I went in search of unstaged, truthful, life-as-it-happens moments. A new and exciting approach for me.
After a bit of wandering and shooting, Penelope reviewed some of our favorite shots. She was constructive and gentle with suggestions and critiques and didn’t cry once after looking at my photos. Penelope is a good person. After a few short cycles of explanation, assignment, feedback and guidance, I felt more confident about getting closer to the action and framing my shots with a story in mind.
Our walk took us through an incredible variety of London streetscapes…chaotic Camden Market, lively Regents Canal, the human and animal antics at the London Zoo and genteel life along the streets of Primrose Hill. Each area offered new opportunities, different perspectives and unique stories.
We admired each other’s photography, shared ideas and pointed out photo opportunities along the way. Penelope was always nearby to offer ideas, encouragement and support, especially during the more challenging assignments (I’m looking at you, reflective glass and mirror shots).
The 3.5 hour walk went by quickly and I wasn’t ready for it to end. Despite my limited skills, I felt inspired, encouraged, and motivated to try everything Penelope taught me during our walk. I rang The Mister on my way back to Yumchaa, knowing I could bribe him with a kielbasa and beer while I spent a few more hours capturing life on London streets and working on my newfound street photography skills.
If photography isn’t your thing and you believe (like I do) the best way to see a city is on foot, consider Fox & Squirrel’s other walks….modernist architecture, film, fashion, food! and art. If you ask nicely, they will even arrange a customize walk to suit your interests. Check online for a list of offerings and booking information.
Things to Know About Fox and Squirrel Tours
This walk is great for street photography aficionados or budding photographers interested in learning more about the genre.
The walk takes 3.5 hours and involves a decent amount of walking. Dress for London weather, whatever that might be…
If possible, bring a phone to stay in touch since assignments have you wandering off on your own periodically and someone is bound to get lost (ahem).
Bring whatever you have to shoot… iphones, dslr, point and shoot, etc.
Walks are £50 per person and can be booked online
I was a guest of Fox & Squirrel on the walk. As always, I write what I think without outside influence or interference. It’s better that way.
Do you have any questions for me about my tour? Leave them in the comments section below. You can also leave a nice comment about my attempts at photography 🙂
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