A couple of years ago I discovered the work of Saul Leiter through a documentary about him, titled 'In No Great Hurry'. I’ve always been a predominantly monochrome street photographer, but there’s something beautiful about Leiter’s ground-breaking colour work, some of which dates back as far as the late 1940s. Many of his pictures were shot on rainy days, using the weather as an intrinsic part of the story. With this in mind, one of the challenges I gave myself today was to find a way to use colour like Saul Leiter – no easy task.
When I reached Piccadilly Circus I knew I’d found my location. The large neon signs reflected on the wet pavements gave me the colour I was looking for, so I stood there in the hammering rain trying to figure out my approach. Ultimately I focused on the feet and legs passing me on the street – a focus for the pictures, while utilising those vivid colours. I know they’re nothing like Saul Leiter’s work, but this self-imposed challenge made me think differently and I feel sure I’ll come back to this again in the future.
10 June 2019