I first took a serious interest in photography around 1979, when I bought my first “proper” camera – a second-hand Pentax ME, with just the standard (but very good) 50mm f1.4 lens. Street photography was an obvious use for this shiny nearly-new piece of kit, even though I wasn’t really aware of what it was, as a genre.
Here, anyway, are a few of the first street photos that I took around that time. They aren’t technically very good, and these scans were done very quickly, but I hope they at least show the direction that I took from a very early stage.
The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Busker - Liverpool city centre subway, c. 1979
Street Musicians, Bold Street, Liverpool, c. 1979
Passport Photo Booth - Pier Head Landing Stage, Liverpool, c. 1979.
Paris, c. 1981
Feeding The Birds - Paris, c. 1981
Self Portrait - Paris, c. 1981.
Inside Looking Out - Larks In The Park, Sefton Park, Liverpool, c. 1980.
Outside Looking In - Larks In The Park, Sefton Park, Liverpool, c. 1980.
The Laughing Policeman - Toxteth Carnival, Liverpool, c. 1980.
The Hot Seat - Brighton sea-front. This photo won me the £40 first prize in a staff art competition at Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council, 1980.