How did you get involved with The 8 Street?
I have always had an interest in street photography but prior to the Paris trip I had no real experience in this field. I heard on Twitter that a trip might be on the cards and I decided to approach Kristian, whom I had met a couple of times beforehand, to express my interest in joining the trip. I believe in making things happen and reaching out to people. It is a credit to Kristian's "bonhomie" that he remembered our conversation and contacted me a few weeks later to join this adventure to Paris. I have not looked back since, having made great friends and learning a great deal.
How did you find the trip?
I had met previously three other members and I was very much looking forward to meeting the other four. The trip was a great and fun experience. We got to know each other, discuss photography and we really hit it off from the moment we sat on the Eurostar with an overpriced lager (but they taste so good when you set off for a new adventure!).
We would shoot in pairs during the day and review and critique the images in the evening as a team. This made the trip such a success as we mixed fun, downtime and serious feedback. Being new to street photography I was a bit apprehensive about the critiques but the good and supportive nature of the group made it very constructive and positive.
What did you focus on and were you happy with the results?
Being an entirely new experience, I experimented. Shooting while on the move gives very different results compared to choosing a scene and waiting for magic. I was shooting with an Olympus OMD EM5, a small and fast camera in which you can even shoot form the hip (tilt screen), but I still had to gain confidence and audacity to shoot in a street environment.
I was pleased for a first outing and very pleased with the image featured in my spotlight, but I need to shoot and practice more to keep up with the other guys... I love a challenge though and I have been shooting more since my return from Paris and I cannot wait until our next trips to London and Istanbul.
Biggest take away from the trip?
The friendship created is probably the best thing from the trip. Experiences like this create a strong bond between people and we really enjoyed each others company. I also took away new skills and thought processes that I aim to develop further and apply in my wedding work.