Photofusion Member | Ed Walker
I get close, I actively seek the attention of the subject and I am looking for a reaction.
I shoot women, candid images of women that I find attractive. It has always been a part of my portfolio but as time has moved on it’s clear to me that this is what I want to do. I don’t ask permission, I don’t even consider whether they want to be part of my project. I want them to see me, look at me, react to me. I don’t engage in conversation after I’ve taken the image and most of the time I don’t even make eye contact before I move on (although I am starting to). I’m only interested in one thing, to capture that moment and preserve it exactly how I saw it, like catching butterflies. I think it has everything to do with my relationships with women and where they started, developed and where they stand today.
For me the visual image is everything and images of women I capture are a collection of moments. Bruce Gilden considers the people in his pictures to be his friends and I feel the same except I don’t want to know them, just catch that moments light, especially women I find beautiful and men I would like to be (which will be another book). Unlike a lot of street photographers I don’t want to be unnoticed, in fact I am less happy with pictures where the subject isn’t looking straight at me, I crave that connection for a fraction of a second and I am happy with that slice of time that is mine forever.
Susan Sontag’s first essay in ‘On Photography’ talks about the camera being a barrier between the photographer and the subject and how people use it to hide whilst using it to record and I strongly connected with that concept. I want to take the image, I want it on my terms, I don’t want my subjects to have any time to compose, I want them how they are and not how they want to be present themselves.
I have been a Digital Designer for 15 years. Initially setting up a Digital Agency but moving on to work in the e-learning, music and magazine industries developing ideas and creating online products.
Whilst at University I was taught traditional photography and used it as a means to an end. It was only when Digital SLR’s became affordable that I returned to photography with a fresh eye. Black and white street photography initially enthused me but I soon moved onto colour after a trip to San Francisco and have been shooting street and close up street portraits seriously for the last couple of years.