Colin Price – The Street Photographer’s Interview
Dynamic compositions, beautiful lighting and professionally processed. Colin Price’s Street, Nature and Landscape photography is breathtaking. Looking at Colin’s body of work, one might imagine his work in books on composition and lighting.
An image such as ‘The Beachcombers’ reveals Colin’s style and masterful approach to photography. Beautiful, yet simple black and white beach photography with 3 groups of people each group giving perfect balance to the composition and darkly contrasting against the beautifully toned, black and white scene.
The light and shadow captured in a ‘Prayer for Peace’ is exquisite. Dappled stained glass window light creating light and shadow on the window frame and sitting subject. The light leads to a perfectly composed darkness in the right of the frame, where the subject sits, contrasting against the darkness, which is both atmospheric and poignant.
Beginner photographers can learn so much from Colin’s images.
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Please talk a bit about where you are from and where you are now…
I was born and raised in a small rural village near to the city of Swansea in Wales, Great Britain. After retiring from the railway industry I moved to West Wales, just south of the University town of Aberystwyth overlooking the beautiful Cardigan Bay.
How did you discover your passion for photography?
My love for photography began in the 1980’s when I purchased my first ever camera. It was a Yashica FX-D Quartz which I adored. My interest in photography grew when I joined a local photography club where I became involved in competing in both internal and external competitions.
What kind of photographic education have you had?
I am totally self-taught.
What is it about Street Photography that inspires you?
I have to feed my passion. There is always the possibility of something new around the corner, it is the unexpected and the unknown that excites me more than any other type of photography.
With your street photos, what is your process when looking for subjects to shoot and capturing them?
My aim is to document everyday life and society, candidly capture emotion, humour, and soul, and to do this I need to be a part of the scene, to blend in and avoid undue attention and yet remain sufficiently detached in order to set the composition for the final capture.
What equipment do you use and what are your favourite lenses for your Street, Landscape and Nature photography?
My equipment consists of, Fujifilm XPRO1 and Fujifilm XT2 bodies. Fuji 18mm f2 lens Fuji 35mm f2 lens Fuji 27mm f2.8 lens Fuji 80 mm f2.8mm macro lens Fuji 18 to 55mm f2.8mm zoom lens. For street photography, I use the Fuji XPRO1 with the 35mm lens for isolating a subject within a frame and the Fuji XT2 with the 18mm lens for all other captures. For nature, I use the 80mm macro lens or 18 to 55mm zoom lens. For landscape, I use the 80mm macro lens.
Please talk about how your post process an image?
I capture all of my images in the RAW setting. I sort my photos, post-process them and export in the Lightroom Program.
Which photographer’s work do you admire and why?
I follow many street photographers but my favourite is the French-born and USA based photographer Valerie Jardin. I class her work as amazing where ‘every picture tell’s a story’ In my eye’s a street image is exactly like a book, it has a title and it tell’s a story, and that is how I read Valerie Jardin’s images. Also, we both use similar Fujifilm equipment.
What goals do you have for 2018?
In 2016 I was successful in gaining a distinction with the Welsh Photographic Federation in ‘street photography’ ( A.W.P.F. ) My ultimate aim in 2018 is to take the next step and to prepare and then apply for an award for photographic merit with the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain. ( A.P.A.G.B. ) I have just recently attended the P.A.G.B workshop in preparation for the examination.