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London - second movement | by sadaiche (Peter Franc)
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London - second movement

I haven't shot with a digital SLR in almost 5 months.


I'm forever scanning my surroundings, and it was difficult to slow down those gears and learn to rediscover moments and what it means to share them in an immediate setting with whomever was with me.


I danced for a week with friends in a Hungarian forest, buried myself in new projects, took up kickboxing and most recently, have had the pleasure of seeing my new home city through the eyes of someone new.


All of these helped re-evaluate my values and what my trade means to me. The thing that all of the examples above have in common is a physicality. I'm a huge geek and although i love my technology, it'll surely be the death of me one day.


So it's been a strange feeling after all this time to physically pick up something new which is so familiar. Attach a new lens. Screw on a new filter, charge a new battery and plug in a new memory card. How i loathe straps, but yes, i even put this one on myself. And then i walked around London on a friday night, wrapped up like a sleeping bag in the minus 2 degree weather.


I missed most the feeling of floating on the streets - i'm sure most photographers who read this will know the feeling. It's when you lose yourself in the sights, sounds, smells of your surroundings. When you casually glance around, waiting for something to draw you - connecting to the ebb and flow of the now. An opportunity shows itself, you snap, and it's gone.


Photography's a wonderous thing, and i'm thankful i can shoot again.


View large on black.


ISO500, 85mm, ƒ1.6, 1/50sec


P.S. thanks Gem for the gloves - couldn't have gone shooting without 'em ;)


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Taken on December 3, 2010