“Street Photography is 99.9% about failure”. Webb goes on to state that you have to keep plugging away and that somehow at the end of the day, when you are tired and hungry, something magical often presents itself. It is as if you have to go through the failure and frustration in order to get to the good stuff. I know what he means. Recently, my wife and I spent three days in Bristol and I had the chance to tramp the streets for the whole period and just concentrate on what I love - ‘street photography’. Somehow, I managed to achieve not only Webb’s 99.9% failure rate but succeeded in notching up the extra 0.1%.
A couple of weeks later, in one day I bumped into Road Runner Top the subject of my last blog, a party of lads dressed as fairies on a bender, an artist who suggested that I visit his studio to look at his etchings (I didn’t) and Enric, a Catalan vegan hairdresser who kindly fitted coloured extensions in his hair so that I could photograph him. Plus, there was the young lady who was dressed up for a Halloween party and an Israeli tourist who was wearing multiple pairs of glasses and had goggles on her forehead. But, the highlight of my day was undoubtedly coming across a video photo-shoot featuring the sensational Gizelle Smith. On a piece of wasteland just off Brick Lane, this slight young woman had me entranced with the magical words of her song and the virtuosity of her performance. It is called ‘Sweet Memories’ and you can watch her here:
Sweet Memories indeed. Alex Webb is right, you can quote me on that.