Yesterday I took a trip to London to meet with some friends with the intention of doing some Street Photography in and around the East London area of Hackney. Its not an area of London I’ve been to before I’ve always stayed fairly central so was keen to experience a bit of the Eastend and see how I could document what we found. We were taken to some good local spots by our friend Pete who grew up locally and has a passion for street art. This helped and gave us a good idea of the good places to visit and see some of the famous street art which is on every corner.
I choose to leave my DSLR at home and went with the more discreet Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 with a 20mm f/1.7 lens. This was perfect for getting those shots where speed is crucial and dosen’t compromise on image quality. There were shots I simple wouldn’t have been able to get with my Canon 5d Mk II due to it size and bulky nature. There is a small compromise in ISO capabilities but up until ISO 2000 its very usable. but this trade off is small and the results were very good, so the DMC-GX1 will be my weapon of choice for my street work from now on.
We saw some real characters and was a pleasant change from the normal tourists you see and gave a true perspective of the real London in 2012 something which is always changing and evolving.
Heres what we saw and what he DMC-GX1 managed to get.