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Don McCullin All images copyright © Sean McDonnell except where otherwise credited
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Each time he took a walk, he felt as though he were leaving  himself behind, and by giving himself up to the movement  of ...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
… the important fact about urban living: the continual stream  of second attention awareness. Every license plate, street ...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I like it in the city when the air is so thick and opaque I love to see everybody in short skirts Shorts and shades I like...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The following quotation sums up Bresson's feelings:  " I went to Marseille. A small allowance enabled me to get along...
The crowd, Jordan remembered, got very quiet.  That was, he said later, the moment for him.  The moment, he explained, was...
Roy De Caravara
Roy De Caravara
Ray Metzker
Ray Metzker
Daido Moriyama
Daido Moriyama
Sylvia Plachy
Sylvia Plachy
Michael Ackerman
Michael Ackerman
All images copyright © Sean McDonnell except where otherwise credited
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Sean McDonnell's street photography 2010

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Talk given by Sean McDonnell at Photofusion, London, November 2010.

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Sean McDonnell's street photography 2010

  1. 1. Don McCullin All images copyright © Sean McDonnell except where otherwise credited
  2. 12. Each time he took a walk, he felt as though he were leaving himself behind, and by giving himself up to the movement of the streets, by reducing himself to a seeing eye, he was able to escape the obligation to think, and this, more than anything else, brought him a measure of peace, a salutary emptiness within. Paul Auster, City of Glass
  3. 45. … the important fact about urban living: the continual stream of second attention awareness. Every license plate, street sign, passing strangers, are saying something to you. William S. Boroughs quoted by Iain Sinclair, Lights Out For The Territory
  4. 59. I like it in the city when the air is so thick and opaque I love to see everybody in short skirts Shorts and shades I like it in the city when two worlds collide Adele, Hometown Glory
  5. 91. The following quotation sums up Bresson's feelings: " I went to Marseille. A small allowance enabled me to get along, and I worked with enjoyment. I had just discovered the Leica. It became the extension of my eye, and I have never been separated from it since I found it. I prowled the streets all day, feeling very strung up and ready to pounce, determined to 'trap' life - to preserve life in the act of living. Above all I craved to seize the whole essence the confines of one single photograph, of some situation that was in the process of unrolling itself before my eyes ". It is as if his camera were one with his eyes and his whole being. He quotes an essay of particular significance to this, and of great self interest. It is Eugen Herrigel's 'Zen in the Art of Archery'. Herrigel, a German philosopher, studied archery for five years of his life under Zen guidance, enabling him to write his essay. This practicing of 'spiritual archery' is to train the mind in order to bring it into contact with 'ultimate reality'. Archery is not practiced here solely for the hitting of a target. Andrew Johnson
  6. 92. The crowd, Jordan remembered, got very quiet. That was, he said later, the moment for him. The moment, he explained, was what all Phil Jackson's Zen Buddhism stuff, as he called it, was about: how to focus and concentrate and be ready for that critical point in a game, so that when it arrived you knew exactly what you wanted to do and how to do it, as if you had already lived through it. When it happened, you were supposed to be in control, use the moment, and not panic and let the moment use you. Jackson liked the analogy of a cat waiting for a mouse, patiently biding its time, until the mouse, utterly unaware, finally came forth. The play at that instant, Jordan said, seemed to unfold very slowly, and he saw everything with great clarity, as Jackson had wanted him to: the way the Utah defense was setting up, and what his teammates were doing. He knew exactly what he was going to do. "I never doubted myself," Jordan said later. "I never doubted the whole game.“ David Halberstam
  7. 93. Roy De Caravara
  8. 94. Roy De Caravara
  9. 95. Ray Metzker
  10. 96. Ray Metzker
  11. 97. Daido Moriyama
  12. 98. Daido Moriyama
  13. 99. Sylvia Plachy
  14. 100. Sylvia Plachy
  15. 101. Michael Ackerman
  16. 102. Michael Ackerman
  17. 103. All images copyright © Sean McDonnell except where otherwise credited

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