JIM STEPHENSON – THE SHOT I NEVER FORGOT

Today’s submission is from architectural Photographer Jim Stephenson.

I am absolutely delighted to have Jim participate in this series as he is some what of a legend!  Aside from his own fabulous photographs, he is also the founder of the Miniclick Photography Talks, which are regularly hosted in Brighton as well as numerous photographic festivals and events.  I would strongly urge you to attend the talks, whether you are a Photographer or not, they are always insightful and engaging.

Jim does a huge amount to promote the work of other photographers and it is a privilege to share his great image with you.

JIM STEPHENSON – THE SHOT I NEVER FORGOT

JIM STEPHENSON (THE SHOT I NEVER FORGOT)  2011

JIM STEPHENSON (THE SHOT I NEVER FORGOT) 2011

In November 2011, 2 days after my 30th birthday, I visited Japan with a friend of mine. As an architectural photographer, I’d hoped to photograph some of the architecture in a country that has a vernacular so different to our own. When I got there I quickly realised it was going to be far more difficult than I thought as I wound my way through legions of Japanese tourists to get the angle I wanted on the building. Sitting in in a cafe at Kyoto Train Station I realised the much more interesting project would to be stand back and photograph tourists photographing each other. This was one of the first I took, and I love it! There’s only about 3 photos I’ve ever taken that I’d say that about as well! Her stance, her dress and the muted colours came together perfectly, just at the moment she turned and noticed me. That trip, and this mini-project, changed the way I work and for that reason this is most definitely a Shot I Never Forgot.

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Please check out the rest of Jim’s work:

WEBSITE: www.clickclickjim.com

And follow the latest news relating the the Miniclick talks and related events here:

www.miniclick.co.uk

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The Shot I Never Forgot  is an on-going series of posts where I invite Photographers to share an image that has always remained with them, despite being unused.

The premise is that most photographers shoot many more images than ever see the light of day and often take some fabulous standalone images on instinct whilst making a particular body of work or project.  Because these single images do not fit the theme, they sit gathering dust in the archive.

However, there are usually a few of these images which stay in our minds as they have special significance or are too good to be lying dormant.

The Shot I Never Forgot is an invitation to share these images with the world and let them stand alone in their own right for others to enjoy.  

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