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Lines of color

Taking photographs while walking down the street can be a challenge no matter where you are in the world. Myriad events are taking place simultaneously, and you have to compose an image that not only supports action, but implies the significance of an event, culture, or visual idea. While documenting life along Whitechapel Road in east London, I came across a group of shoppers browsing through a selection of scarves. Immediately I was drawn to the uniform vertical lines of color. I knew I needed to position the camera so that the scarves became the backdrop, while action unfolded in front. I did not realize until later that a shadow figure lurked in the background, providing a mirror reflection of the salesman. All of the elements came together to create a strong composition offering a snapshot of life in London.