Photo of the day: Soho blur, October 2021

Now that I have a bit of a back-catalogue of street photographs, I find immense pleasure in diving through shots from my previous outings.

Several times now I have found some of my favourite images from these searches – my photograph of a mother’s meeting at Peterborough Fair, a flower-laden street scene from Bath and the candid police officer in London, to name some examples. (All are landscape orientation, which is interesting to me. I’ll have to think about what that means.)

This photograph is another case of a recent discovery, though in this case, things are a little different. With the previous images, I had completely forgotten that they existed until they were stumbled upon as I browsed my hard drive. This time, I could remember the photograph entirely, and my dismissal of it.

Initially, I was kicking myself because of the misfocus and blur. I couldn’t understand why I’d failed entirely and was despondent at my poor shutter speed choice. In something close to a tantrum, I threw it aside.

Now, with a bit of distance and with fresh eyes, I enjoy this photograph. The glance, the fashion, the colours and, yes, the misfired shot. I’ve decided to embrace it, and dubbed the photograph “Soho blur”.

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Unedited version

Unedited // Soho blur // London // October 2021

ISO 200 | 35mm | f/8 | 1/125

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All work by William Street.

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Published by William Lobley

Writer and street photographer

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