The past 12 months have been a fantastic journey. Along the way I have had the privilege of meeting many talented mobile photographers and have been inspired by so many more.
As we approach the festive season I thought it would be interesting to invite 24 mobile photographers who have inspired and supported me in one way or another and ask them to offer an insight into their photography, to reflect on their year gone by or plans for the coming year ahead.
Each day until Christmas Eve we will be featuring one photographer in a sort of online advent calendar so to speak.
Today’s featured photographer is John Fullard.
I came across the work of John Fullard earlier this year while browsing Flickr groups and was instantly drawn to the quality and subject matter of his work. John is a mobile street photographer from New York. His work captures street scenes in the city and the characters that travel on the New York subway. John’s work has been featured in several Capturing the Moment showcases and was also the subject of a ‘Photo I Am Most Proud of‘ feature.
My exciting photographic project plans for the coming year ahead include…
I have a few ongoing projects that I want to maintain over the next 12 months – like the neon signage and street art that I’ve been shooting around New York for the past few years. Street art in New York recently took a hit with the news that 5Pointz is to be demolished and redeveloped. To those who may not know, 5Pointz was a city block in Queens that was almost completely covered in a constantly changing array of murals and graffiti by artists who came from all over the world to paint there. It was a spectacular sight and a great place to visit and take photographs. I used to go there all the time and I’ll miss it a lot. Fortunately, there’s a huge amount of incredible street art in New York outside of 5Pointz and I hope to spend a good portion of my free time next year trying to find as much of it as I can. I also plan to go beyond just cataloguing, which is essentially what I do, by collaborating with different artists to make photo-essays about the process that goes in to creating a beautiful mural or piece of neon.
As much as I love neon and graffiti, my favourite thing to photograph is people, so in the coming year I expect I’ll be maintaining the habit of spending most of my weekends taking candid photos in the street or on the subway. Recently, I’ve been making an effort to change my approach to photographing people. I’ve always tended to shoot from the hip, which has its merits, but I’m now trying to be a lot braver, to be more deliberate about my framing and to get in closer. I’ve also begun playing with video.