From 1979-1982 I spent my weekends documenting the depressed areas of the east end of London and Stoke-on-Trent – “urban photography”. My style was strongly influenced by the work of photographers like Henri Cartier Bresson.
Stoke on Trent and Tunstall
The pictures did not come from the happy chance snap of a casual photographer. I spent my weekends walking the streets looking for the most photogenic places, and the right angle. But I didn’t want pictures of empty streets, cars passing, people walking, or people who were out of place. So I had to return to the same places dozens of times, searching for the perfect moment.
Hanley and Tunstall
Hanley Indoor Market
Mile End Road, London 1979
The era of urban photography finished when I moved to Reading. That marked the move into landscape photography.
Urban photography – the equipment
I used two Canon AE-1 cameras with 35mm, 50mm and 100mm lenses. I did the developing and printing myself.