I actually shot very little black and white in Prague; a few hundred from the Ricoh GR, and a couple of rolls with the ‘Blad; of course they were all of varying subjects with a heavy architectural emphasis, but I did get some very satisfying street images out of my time there. Despite the very strong luminance contrast available – October at these latitudes means all-day shadows and intense sun with blue skies – I just found color to pack a little something extra in most situations. That said – this set would not have worked in color at all.
It’s interesting to see how the residents of the city responded to being photographed: they just ignored it. I suspect with the huge number of tourists present – in fact, some areas like the Charles Bridge seemed to have easily ten times more tourists than locals – desensitized people to the presence of cameras. Interestingly, this has two consequences: firstly, you can pretty much shoot as you wish, whenever/ whatever/ whoever, with any equipment; secondly, it becomes very difficult to find a representative local. I suppose you identify them by being the people who are not taking photographs of everybody else…
These images were made during the October 2013 Making Outstanding Images Workshop in Prague; I will be holding three more of these in Melbourne, Sydney and London later this year. Click here for more info, and to sign up.
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