ALL DAY & ALL OF THE NIGHT
WITH ROB PUGH
The title of one of London band The Kinks’ most notable tunes could almost be a mantra for pro photographer Rob Pugh. His tireless street walk photography workshops in association with Olympus are some of his most popular sessions. London is a regular haunt, with its never-ending stream of subjects making it a street photographer’s dream – day or night. So that’s exactly what Rob and another group of keen photography enthusiasts set out to capture one cold, overcast day (and evening) in February.
With Starbucks a designated meeting point, the day began with a warm beverage; a godsend, as rain showers were to follow. Luckily both shelter and inspiration was to be found beneath the main canopy of St Paul’s Cathedral, with the interior of the nearby tube station at Bank providing an opportunity to grab some stunning urban scenes, unhindered by the elements.
The daytime street walk came to an end at 3pm amid the hustle and bustle of the City’s financial quarter. But for Rob Pugh it was a case of zipping up his jacket and carrying on regardless, as he also had an evening street walk to steer.
A start-time of 6.30pm provided plenty of opportunity to capture rush hour, with London buses jostling for position at busy intersections, Big Ben overseeing it all like some vigilant traffic warden.
With the London Eye providing a stunning backdrop, it was onto the bridge by Westminster, where Rob instructed his party to set their cameras to tungsten white balance in order to capture a dynamic look and feel different to the norm. With the evening walk concluding at 10pm, the group was able to review its stunning imagery and conclude that the warm glow of creative satisfaction was well worth braving the cold for.