What drew you to street photography initially?
I love the speed and unpredictably of street photography. Like so many others, I am a fan of Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson, and I’m in constant awe of what they were able to capture. Originally from London (UK), I currently live in San Francisco, and have lived in many cities all over the world. Paris, Geneva, Florence, Madrid and Toronto, and I also travel a great deal with work. It is this that inspires me to capture on the streets of so many exciting places.
I feel like your street shots, especially your portraits, are very cinematic. Is that intentional? How do you get that look?
One hundred percent intentional. Lightroom and getting closer than always comfortable with my subject.
This is a lovely portrait:
Any back story to it you’d like to share?
Walking through San Francisco, you are constantly aware of the dozens of Cable Cars. Every single one carries carriage loads of characters and back stories. I love the idea of trying to capture people recalling their life stories as I try to capture them.
What city do you shoot in the most and what are the pros and cons of shooting there?
At the moment, San Francisco. If you walk through the city you soon become aware that it is full of the eccentric, the up-and-up and the down-and-out. It is a rich mix of people that makes for interesting images.
What has street photography taught you?
To take the time to notice the details, people are pretty much the same the world over, and if we don’t take a look around once in a while, life will pass us by. To paraphrase Ferris Bueller.
Editor’s Note: You can see more of James’ work by visiting his Flickr photostream. James was selected from our Flickr group (Street Photography Magazine) where we regularly choose photographers’ work to be published in our magazine.