What was the impetus behind organising Paris?
At the start of 2013 I went on an incredibly inspiring 18-day photography trip to Bangladesh with Maciej Dakowisz. We would shoot all day, returning in the evening to edit our own work, before having the other person critique it. The next day I would wake up feeling incredibly inspired, putting into action some of the things that were suggested.
I returned to England completely rejuvenated, and, along with the wedding photographers you see before you, went about planning the trip to Paris with the same goals in mind.
How did you find the trip?
We were eight wedding photographers, who hadn’t all met in person, spending 4 days together in a foreign city, so there was always going to be a bit of uncertainty about how things would work out. But from the very first evening I could tell this was exactly the kind of experience we all really wanted and needed. What ultimately arose was a collective that encouraged and inspired one another to create original and dynamic work, away from the confines of a wedding day.
What kind of photos were you focused upon?
It had been a long wedding season, so first and foremost I just wanted to enjoy myself and not put too much pressure on creating amazing imagery. I was more interested in the process; observing for moments, seeing how the others approached a similar scene, and simply photographing something completely different for a few days.
Are you happy with the results?
The late nights and significant booze-intake didn’t help things along, but I think I would have still found it challenging as Parisians are very protective of their privacy, and I was one of the few guys shooting with a large, cumbersome DSLR. I’ve always shot street with one, but this trip completely opened up my eyes to photographing with a smaller, quieter alternative – the Olympus OMD. I’ll leave it to the guys who shot with one to go into how great it is.
Name just one thing you took away from the trip?
I shall never shoot street with a hulking DSLR ever again.