This is one of several shots I took of Carl, Steven and Franky this evening, one of whom I've photographed before; but when I took my previous shot it was late summer, the sun was shining, and it was warm. Tonight, with a 20mph wind rushing in off the Irish Sea, as we approach the middle of winter, the grim reality of being homeless seemed decidedly more tangible. I was cold, and I only paused for about ten minutes or so.
Anyway, we chatted for a while – about why I was taking photographs, about their squat, the police, the problems getting somewhere to live – and I took a few pictures. And I guess I wasn't really paying attention to the photographs I was taking over and above composing them. Had I done I might have realised that I was hand-holding at an implausibly slow shutter speed (1/6s) and most of the shots I took suffer, to one degree or another, from a combination of motion blur and camera shake. Anyway, I told them about chromasia and gave them the url so hopefully they'll be able to check out this picture from our local library tomorrow.
9.31pm on 4/1/05|
EF 17-40 f/4L USM
27mm (43mm equiv.)