Last December when I returned to London, I started going to Oxford Circus to shoot in the evening. I particularly liked a spot next to the Nike store which had a LED screen which was predominantly white and created perfect Rembrandt light for my subjects.
After a couple of weeks, Nike changed the ad on the screen and it was more intermittent light, which made taking the images go from difficult to impossible. So I moved to Piccadilly Circus and started shooting under the lights of the electronic billboards but my 1.8 lens just wasn’t up to the task. Those images went unpublished and most still do. I might include them in the finished project.
Fast forward to November 17, and after what has seemed like a very barren summer, I have just bought my Sigma f1.4 lens. For around an hour after work every evening I’ve started walking up and down Oxford Street and seeing what it can do, and it does pretty well. The shop fronts are all lined up for Christmas, spewing out light and with a lovely mixture of people leaving work and shoppers, it makes for an interesting little project.
I’m still not sure what the focus is going to be, at the moment I’m just shooting everything I see that I like, the final edit will probably reveal a pattern of what attracts my eye but for now, I’m not really being fussy.
It’s only been a week but already I have some interesting shots, but that’s just the start, I plan to shoot all the way up to Christmas, stay tuned.