I’ve been studying the work of famous street photographer Joel Meyerowitz lately, and I’m really taken with his style and sense of colour. This past weekend I was in London and I decided that I would try to apply some of his teachings and stylings to my own work. His enthusiasm and passion for street photography is infectious, and his talent is admirable, mostly because he is self-taught not having been brainwashed by the Magnum school of thought that seems to have indoctrinated the art of street photography and the young Hipster minds that seem believe the word of Cartier-Breson is akin to the word of God.
I love the way that in a 1981 TV interview Meyerowitz indirectly refers to the Magnum Agency as not being ‘serious photography’. That made me smile a lot. Meyerowitz is an extremely canny character with an eye for detail that would beguile even the likes of Cartier-Breson, and many of his own contemporaries. I can only aspire to be as good as him one day, and to exercise as much guts and powers of invisibility as he does.
The above shot then pays homage to two of my favourite street photographers, Meyerowitz and of course Bill Jones, because this shot is sooo Bill Jones! 😉