The weekend of my birthday this summer was pretty busy. Crazily, the BBC Proms had scheduled three Wagner operas in a row between Friday and Sunday (and I had signed up for the full series of seven). At a minimum of 5 hours of Wagner per night for three straight nights this was already a challenge.
Over the same weekend though, the Travel Photographer of the Year exhibition was on at the Royal Geographical Society just round the corner. As part of the programme they offered two full days of seminars from eminent photography professionals, largely, but not exclusively on the subject of travel shooting. This was too good to miss but did result in 14 hour days between the travel show and the Wagner. I went anyway and it was all terrific. One of the speakers was the great Eamonn McCabe, a noted photographer in his own right, and also for many years the Guardian picture editor. Most of his work is sport or portraiture and among the shots he discussed was this one of Zadie Smith and this one of Matthew Pinsent. I noticed both of the shots had a strong geometric framing, and chatting with him afterwards, he said he almost always saw the geometry in the shots and pretty much automatically either composed or chose the ones that had strong shapes in them.
So on that theme, here are some geometrically oriented photos, all taken with Mr McCabe in mind (none, needless to say up to his level). Info on how to view these is at the end of the post.
London Street Photographs August 2013 - Geometry
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