Friday, October 13, 2006
A group of girls get into a street fight in Leeds city centre. A young man nearby spots me and imitates a photographer while on the other side a passerby looks on in consternation.
I was out doing some street photography when this scene unfurled in front of me and the old photojournalistic instincts kicked in. It's the second street fight I've seen in three weeks. This time no blood.
I think the chap imitating the photographer makes a good post-modern comment on the ubiquitous presence of the photographer and cameras in our society. That's why I chose this shot out of the sequence. I got a few other good ones with the 17mm wide angle on my Canon EOS 5D, inches away from the action.
I like the image because there's a kind of raw beauty about it. The onlookers help tell the story through their reactions to the fight.
Photojournalists are the witnesses of our society and their images are their testimony.
Posted by Paul Indigo at 19:55