I love the work of Martin Parr photographer. This is his wikipedia entry - He is a British documentary photographer, photojournalist and collector. He is known for his photographic projects that take a critical look at modern society, specifically consumerism, foreign travel and tourism, motoring, family and relationships, and food.
This is the front cover of one of his books - I have several of them. They can be amusing but also social commentary of the way we live and what is (or isn't)important to us in terms of our personal identity, what we relate to and our surroundings.
I also discovered Nick Turpin recently on the radio where he was described as a social highwayman (well with a name like that it was bound to happen!). He has a similar approach and his pictures can be seen on Flickr.
Apart from the Martin Parr picture these are a few of those I've taken which have made me want to capture the scene or the moment. These are not taken to cause any offence - most of the people shots were taken with the knowledge of those in the picture.
Spotted in Dublin - why is this tile here?
Very enthusistic approach to bird scaring at the allotments!
Bewigged lads out on the town in Newcastle last week...
Interesting combination of posters in Dublin. Could happily have gone to see either - both would have taken me back to fifth form at school!
love the combination ...
A better class of grafitti - at the Mister School in Southwell - Latin for "the Romans were here!"
My bin also needs an identity - I want to build a set of these - I found some with quotations on the side (when I didn't have my camera with me!)
New year in Soho...
Disobedient Oxford students!
More lads on the town in Newcastle
Girls going to their prom in Newcastle - posing for photos on the Millenium Bridge
More prom dresses - I didn't dare take a picture as the girl in blue lifted her dress and revealed black socks and plimsolls! At that point Niobe had walked off in disgust and shame at her embarrasing mother. The picture below shows her typical reaction when I'm taking photos - this one taken in March
One day somebody will get me back as I fall asleep on the train back from London head lolling forward with loose jaw.
Hope one or two raised a smile.
...trying to divert my thoughts as I worry about Niobe soaked to the skin, wild camping (no loos for those who don't know) having struggled through 25 km in Snowdonia today. Willing her on for another 48 hours. All that sunshine we've had and she gets this! (With storms forecast for tomorrow...)